2011 Boston Whaler 255 Conquest Boat Reivew

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Boston Whaler 255 Conquest

2011 Boston Whaler 255 Conquest

Reviewed by Richard Crowder

Boston Whaler calls it the versatile, trailerable 255 Conquest. This boat is certainly all of that and much more. It looks substantial, and it is. It looks solid, and it is. It looks safe, and it is. It looks businesslike, and it is. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun while offering that often elusive fine balance between fishing, family outings, watersports, and overnighting.

The six Conquest models for 2011 ranging from twenty-five to thirty-six feet are Boston Whaler’s cabin boats. The balance of eighteen models in its line-up from eleven to thirty-eight feet offer variations of the centre console design. The 255 Conquest subject of this review is not new for this year but is the largest legally trailerable (without the requirement of a permit in most jurisdictions) model of this series, having a wide 8’9” beam.

The 255 seems to be outfitted with just the right balance of standard features to quite admirably cater to the versatility of on-water activities for which it is intended, yet offers a comprehensive list of optional equipment to allow its owner to cater more fully to specific activities.

The modified deep-vee hull design with unusually high freeboard coupled with a deep cockpit of over two feet indicates the big water intentions of the 255. And of course Boston Whaler’s legendary unsinkability while offering level flotation with the added benefits of stability, noise insulation, and solid construction provides that little bit of extra feeling of security and safety while navigating those big waters. The legend of unsinkability of a Boston Whaler is derived from its proprietary Unibond™ construction process which bonds the inner hull with the deck producing a strong, unitized assembly. The area between the outer hull and inner liner is foam filled. You can relax and rest easy on board knowing that some of the toughest and nastiest jobs in all kinds of water have been handled by this brand as workhorses in many countries around the world over the past fifty years.

Seating for six is provided in the large, uncluttered and self-bailing cockpit by two sliding adjustable ladder-back helm and companion seats, two aft-facing seats behind these, plus a two-place foldaway stern bench seat. Storage compartments, some general and some specific purpose are found everywhere – in the floor, under the seats and gunnels, on the deck and in the cabin. Lots of rod racks and rod holders too. There’s a built-in cooler with drain under the starboard seat.

Boston Whaler 255 Conquest

Stainless steel cockpit toe rails allow you to lean out over the high gunnels in relative safety. A transom door provides easy walk-thru access to the motor(s) or to the concealed stainless steel telescoping swim ladder. A cockpit shower is standard. Hydraulic trim tabs integrated into the hull bottom are also standard. The driver’s helm is high up offering great visibility and equipped with a traditional stainless steel wheel which tilts and a no-nonsense dash layout with lots of room for optional additional electronics from Raymarine including smaller or larger GPS/plotter/fishfinder screens plus VHF radio, radar, and/or satellite weather.

The functional cabin is deep down with great headroom and ventilation and comfortably equipped for its intended purpose – sleeping, eating, and washroom duties. A portable head with deck pumpout is standard – a VacuFlush® unit with holding tank is optional. A wet bar sink with pressurized water along with a convertible V-berth table, standard filler cushions, and quite adequate sleeping room for two is all standard.

Standard power for the 255 Conquest is supplied by a single Mercury® Verado® 250 XXL (Extra, Extra Long 30” Shaft Length) FourStroke outboard motor with hydraulic power steering plus Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) and VesselView Display. The boat is rated to accept single or twin outboards from 225 to 450 hp. Boston Whaler has produced some interesting performance comparisons between various single and twin-engine configurations on the 255.

Without getting too detailed, comparing a single 250 Verado with twin 200 Verado’s, the horsepower difference is 150, the tested dry weight difference was just over 600 pounds heavier for the twins, but at the most efficient cruising speed, the single 250 achieved only slightly better miles per gallon (2.36 compared to 2.31 for the twin 200’s) but its fuel consumption at that point was only 10.7 (US) gallons per hour vs. 13.4 for the twins (about 25% more). This optimum cruising efficiency was achieved at 4000 RPM on both boats. The real difference was speed at this point. The single 250 was running 25.2 mph whereas the twin 200 boat was running 31.0 mph (about 23% more). Top speed with the single was 41.2 mph at 6000 RPM while the twins ran 52.0 mph (26% more) at 6200 WOT. This information is just one input in the equation when sorting out your particular needs for single or twin power for your 255.

To finish off your 255 Conquest, you’ll have to choose one of two available hardtop options plus finishing canvas, or alternatively, all canvas. You’ll most likely want the optional Clarion stereo, perhaps shore power, a power windlass with anchor, and maybe even a butane stove. However equipped, the Boston Whaler 255 Conquest is a boat for all reasons.

Boston Whaler 255 Conquest
Boston Whaler 255 Conquest
Boston Whaler 255 Conquest
Boston Whaler 255 Conquest
Boston Whaler 255 Conquest

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