Boston Whaler Dauntless 240…Doing Double Duty
Boston Whaler continues to set the pace when it comes to the mid-size fishing boats, The 240 Dauntless. While many other boat builders are trying to determine if they are a fishing or family recreation boat, the 240 Dauntless fits both profiles nicely. The angler’s needs are met with features like a 14’ draft that makes fishing the shallow creeks and bays easy while similar size boats struggle with drafts nearly 30% more. The boat also comes standard with an ample casting platform both fore and aft. Below the casting platforms you’ll find tremendous storage space for your fishing gear or other needs. The console and helm area is built for comfort with an easy flip-back seating selection. The console itself provides ample space for a range of electronics with ease of reach. The design also allows for a great 360 degrees of vision. One of the features that I was most impressed with is the live bait well that is conveniently positioned under the cockpit seating. This feature allows for a more open deck area that provides additional rod holders.While the Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless is extremely fishable, it also nicely doubles as a family boating option too. With bow and aft cushioned seating and options like a below console head and shower and loads of storage areas for all the family fun needs; the Dauntless easily converts to family boating. You can even add additional options like a removal table in the bow area and a ski pylon option is available for the wake boarder or skier in you.
The Dauntless proves that boating double duty is possible without sacrificing a great ride or good looks. Its design has both the occasional to avid fisherman in mind while being able to shift gears to meeting the needs of family boating or just cruising in mind. While other boat builders have tried to address both needs, Boston Whaler hit a home run with this one. The attention to detail and versatility reminds me of why the Boston Whaler name reflects quality. I was unable to compare the Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless to other boats in the same category due to the many areas of multitasking, quality and overall good looks.