I’ll bet on it, right here and right now: the new Boston Whaler 370 Outrage is going to set some trends in the world of fishboats. Am I talking about the retractable power sun shade that extends out from inside the hard top, to cover the cockpit? The electric grill behind the leaning post? The dive tank/rod locker under the forward console lounge? Nah. All of this stuff is great, but when you have 37′6″ of LOA to work with, you’re expected to incorporate nifty perks like these. The 370’s integrated console, hard top, and windshield, however, deserve a closer look – and are bound to be copied by other boatbuilders.
The integration of frameless tempered glass in the windshield and side windows, structural supports on the corners, the top, and the console, allow for the elimination of the usual forward supports that obstruct forward visibility on virtually every center console on the water. Is Whaler the only builder to use this technique? No. There are a handful of others out there and this construction technique has been in use for a couple of years. But when Whaler rolls out a boat like this, every builder on the face of the planet notices. They crawl all over it, and try to find bits and pieces they can copy and incorporate into their own boats. So you can bet on it – in the coming years, you’ll see plenty of other center consoles that offer unobstructed forward views. And if you have an extra half mil or so laying around, go check out the 370 for yourself. It’s so chock-full of goodies that it’ll take you hours to see everything this boat has to offer. (Interested boaters should can also read a full review of the 370, at http://features.boats.com/boat-content/2009/09/reinvention-of-a-classic/ )Either way, when you do see it one thing is for sure: there won’t be any pipework blocking the view.