Boston Whaler is a company that rolls out hot new models on a regular basis, and in the past three years alone we’ve tested new models including the 325 Conquest, the 220 Dauntless, the 380 Realm, and the 250 Dauntless. But it’s been a while since they introduced a new member of the Outrage clan, their offshore center console model line. So we were excited to discover that for the 2023 model year there’s an all-new 360 Outrage.
Overview of the Boston Whaler 360 Outrage
The Boston Whaler 360 Outrage is an offshore center console fishing machine designed to also please the entire family with a number of creature comforts and cruising accessories. The boat was designed specifically with the new Mercury V12 600-hp Verado in mind, and can be rigged with either a pair of the V12s or with triple outboards from 300- to 450-hp. It was also designed to take advantage of all the latest tech in the boating world. It employs digital switching, and is available with gyroscopic stabilization and/or the latest Fathom lithium-ion powered electrical system.
When it comes to tech Boston Whaler is clearly adopting the latest and greatest, but so far as construction goes the 360 Outrage is no different than their other models. No wonder, since this unique construction method earned Boston Whaler the “unsinkable boats” reputation and has been proven over time to be superior to many other techniques. The fiberglass hull and deck get laid up like other boats, but then they’re joined together and enclosed in a huge steel mold that gets bolted shut. Next, closed-cell foam gets pumped in-between the two parts under pressure, filling in all the cavities while also bonding the hull and deck together. Net result? You could chop a Boston Whaler into 100 pieces and every one of them would float. Meanwhile, water noise gets absorbed, vibrations get dampened, and all stowage compartments below deck level are incredibly well insulated.
Boston Whaler 360 Outrage Fishing Features
Though Boston Whaler does tip the hat to family features (more about those in a moment) the 360 Outrage pulls no punches when it comes to fishing. The transom livewell is a perfect example: it holds a whopping 55 gallons, is pressurized, it has a baby-blue interior to help keep the baits calm, and it’s fed by a potent 2,000-gph pump. Another example can be seen in the rodholders. There are lots of ‘em — lots and lots. In fact, the 360 Outrage sports 14 flush-mounted gunwale holders alone, which is more than many boats have when you add in rocket launchers and add-ons. Speaking of which, there are five rockets on the hard top, three under-gunwale holders, and a stowage rack for four more rigs inside the console cabin.
Other critical fishing goodies to take note of include coaming bolsters, cockpit toe rails, under-gunwale downrigger ball stowage, tackle stowage drawers and a bait prep station in the leaning post, and three in-deck fishboxes with pump-outs. We also have to give a nod to the slick integrated hard top access, which incorporates a center ladder in the pipework leading to an acrylic opening hatch. An upper station is optional and we say you’d be crazy not to get it.
Still, no matter how well outfitted and accessorized it may be, the core nature of a center console’s fishing advantages comes from the 360-degree fishability it provides. As one would expect the 360 Outrage has gobs of room in the cockpit, plenty of space to work a rod along the sides of the boat, and a sizable bow cockpit. Whaler incorporated a U-shaped bow seat all the way forward, with removable cushions that can be stowed when you’d rather have elevated casting positions. Note the bump-out in the bow gunwales, which lets you get a bit closer to the edge as you cast.
Boston Whaler 360 Outrage Family Features
While the 360 Outrage wouldn’t be anyone’s pick to do the job of a cabin cruiser, it does have the basics needed for overnighting and weekending. The console cabin has a berth large enough for a couple, a vacuum-flush head hidden under the step, and a pull-out shower.
As for the niceties to be enjoyed on a daily basis, there are multiple USB ports spread throughout the boat including at several of the seating areas, a freshwater transom shower, fold-down arm rests at many of the seats, more drink holders than you can count on your hands and toes, an audio system with remote control, LED courtesy lighting, and a swim platform with a telescopic ladder. A few notable options to consider include pull-out refrigerator/freezers in the leaning post, dinette tables for the cockpit or bow, and of course that gyroscopic stabilizer system we mentioned earlier.
Boston Whaler 360 Outrage Performance
Rigged out with a pair of V12 600s, the 360 Outrage comes darn close to clipping the 50-mph mark. A mellow 4500 rpm cruise clocks in right around 30-mph, while burning a hair under 14 gph. That shakes out to slightly over two miles to the gallon, which is pretty darn good for a 36’ boat pushing 20,000 pounds. Note that performance figures were gathered with half fuel and 360 pounds of crew weight plus gear.
Boston Whaler 360 Outrage Specifications
- Length Overall: 36’5”
- Beam: 11’3”
- Weight: 18,281 lbs.
- Draft: 2’8”
- Transom Deadrise: 23 degrees
- Max HP: 1,350
- Fuel Capacity: 415
- Water Capacity: 45 gallons
Nice as the 360 Outrage may be, we can’t say we’re surprised that it covers so many bases, so well. And we bet you aren’t either. This company has earned a rather legendary reputation through the years and this new model is just one more example of why. The latest tech? Check. Suitable for both fishing and family missions? Check. Unsinkable construction? Check. Yup — it’s a Boston Whaler.