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February 16, 2003

Miami Boat Show's Big Surprise

A Retro Styled Classic From Boston Whaler

There was once a new Whaler named Nantucket.
No New England rock coulda' sunk it.
In online forums they raved
'Bout the styling: retrograde.
From the Sea Ray Boat Group--who'da thunk it!

The Boston Whaler company caught everyone off guard with the introduction of a new model at the 2003 Miami Boat Show. With strong retro-styling and many historical touches, our favorite boat builder introduced the 190-NANTUCKET. This boat fits into the same size niche as the classic 18-OUTRAGE. My sincere thanks to Allan Rossmore for sending these fine digital photographs. We'll add more information and more images to this article in a day or two, as time permits.


Length overall.....18-feet 10-inches
Dry weight.........2,050 pounds (no engine)
Swamped capacity...4,000 pounds
Person capacity....8
Maximum capacity...2,200 pounds
Minimum HP.........115-HP
Maximum HP.........150-HP
Fuel capacity......60 gallons internal tank


Yacht-quality 316-L stainless steel components,
chrome-plated stainless steel fasteners, tinned
copper wiring, heavy duty rub rail.

Leaning Post seating at helm
Self-bailing cockpit sole; Teleflex no-feedback tilt steering;
stainless steel classic style navigation lights; galvanized trailer
with jack, tie downs and winch with nylon strap.

10-year transferable limited hull warranty.


Fiberglass swim platform with telescoping
stainless steel ladder; Clarion-brand AM/FM
radio with CD player, waterproof
speakers and remote control; bow cushion;
pedestal seats at helm; 15-gallon live well.

Fishing package consisting of tackle drawers,
console-mounted rod holders, 54 quart cooler with
cushion and backrest, extra rod holders in leaning
post, 15-gallon livewell.

Optional engines include Mercury 115-HP EXLPT 
four-stroke, 135-HP Optimax, and 150-HP Optimax.
Optimax engine packages include hydraulic steering
and SmartCraft Deluxe guages.


Base price.........$27,564
                   including a galvanized trailer with brakes
                   and 115-HP (2-stroke, carburetor) EXLPTO
                   Mercury outboard. (Excludes freight and dealer prep.)
Boat Show Special..$31,850 at Boston Boat Show
                   including a Mercury 115-HP oil injected,
                   power tilt and trim with controls and gauges,
                   bow platform cushion, cooler seat with cushion
                   and backrest, sun top with boot,
                   battery and box, aluminum propeller,
                   galvanized trailer with brakes,
                   freight, dealer prep. 

This Press Release contains additional details about the planning that went into the design of this boat.


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show
Boston Whaler 2003 190-NANTUCKET
With no advance warning, Boston Whaler revealed their latest model, the 190-NANTUCKET. Even the model name is evocative of Whaler's legendary past.
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-01


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show
Retro Styling
Details like this bow chock and running light fixture echo the classic styling of Whalers from decades earlier. Maybe someone is listening in Edgewater!
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-02


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show
The top of the console features a nice flat surface. Compared to the crazy curves on the 210-OUTRAGE, this console makes much more sense. The SONAR and RADIO are just cutouts pasted in place for show; they're not real electronics.
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-03


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show
Stern Seats
This view makes the stern seats look differently sized, but I think they're the same width. The 115-HP engine is the minimum rated power for this hull. To keep boat show prices low, boats are often shown with the least expensive engine. Considering the hull weight of this boat (2,050 pounds) the maximum rated 150-HP motor seems like the only real option for power. Please note that there is no Euro-style transom. The stern of the boat seems modeled more like the popular 170-MONTAUK, with a slight rounding at the corner. Fishermen will have to mount their trolling motor auxillary engines on a bracket, as the narrow transom notch leaves room for only a single engine.
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-04


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show; bow locker
Bow Locker
The bow locker compartment is divided into two sections. You can keep the anchor and rode in the larger one. The other side looks like it could accommodate a few cold beers.
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-05


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show; tackle drawer
Tackle Drawer
This optional tackle drawer is built into the forward bulkhead of the console and is part of the fishing package. I like the detail where the seat back is snapped to the drawer cover so that you can get to the tackle without removing the cushion. What keeps it closed in rough seas?
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-06


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show; leaning post
Leaning Post
The standard helm seat is a leaning post mounted to a molded base that contain a bait well. The base is designed to also accommodate two optional swivel pedestal seats. On the optional baitwell there is a rubber gasket seal and a strong hold down latch to keep the lid securely closed in rough seas. This is a nice detail, and one that keeps those expensive bait fish from ending up all over the cockpit.
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-07


Photo: Boston Whaler 190-NANTUCKET model at Miami Boat Show, gunwales
The height of the gunwales (22-inches) looks somewhat lower than has been the trend lately. This boat has midship cleats that angle slightly outward. I miss the stern hawsepipes leading to cleats mounted under the gunwales, a detail that was more or less a trademark of a Boston Whaler Outrage. What is that doo-dad on the console? Any guesses? [Turns out it is a horn.] The optional sun top fastens to the hardware seen here on the gunwale.
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-08


Boston Boat Show

About two days after the debut in Miami, the Boston Boat Show opened its doors and Whaler had the 190-NANTUCKET on display there, too.Brian Nunes-Vais was in attendance and also sent in some nice pictures of the new boat.


Photo: Boston Whaler 190 Nantucket model at Boston Boat Show
A Boston Boat
The factory had enough of these new models already made to get one up to Boston in time for their show, which ran almost concurrent with the Miami event. This bow quarter view gives a good impression of the boat's size and lines. This boat has the sun top option. It looks like it can be stowed in the up position and tilted forward.
PhotoCredit: Brian Nunes-Vais - Reference: 71-11


Photo: Boston Whaler 190 Nantucket model at Boston Boat Show; transom
Moderated Vee
The deep vee of the bow moderates as it goes aft, turning into this somewhat rounded bottom at the transom. There are four strakes running aft all the way from bow to stern. I count five drains on the transom. My guess is the three larger ones drain the cockpit and perhaps a rear locker; the smaller drain the splash well and perhaps a pump discharge. There must be some plumbing under those seats and in the bilge space around the engine splash well.
PhotoCredit: Brian Nunes-Vais - Reference: 71-12


Other New Whalers at Miami

While the new NANTUCKET was the big surprise, Whaler also showed some new details in several other models.


Photo: Boston Whaler 320-Outrage in water at Miami Boat Show
New Gel Coat Colors
They've built at least two of the new $150,000 320-Outrage models. The one in the water and available for test rides at the Miami Boat Show had this yellow hull gel coat. Notice the color of the hull on the adjacent Midnight Express 39. A coincidence? With twin 250-HP Optimax Mercury "Racing" 2-strokes on the transom, it is no wonder you have to add some fuel and oil on occasion. (Also see our feature on this model in Cetacea Page 69).
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-09


Photo: Boston Whaler 240-OUTRAGE model at Miami Boat Show; in water
The smaller 240-Outrage has hull lines that are similar to the 320 model, although perhaps not quite as nice when in the smaller scale of a 24-foot boat. This hull was in-water at the show, but I don't know if you could go out for a spin.
PhotoCredit: Allan Rossmore - Reference: 71-10


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