Sunday, February 23

Whaler Launches New 405 Conquest, “SUV of the Sea”

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Boston Whaler just unveiled its new 405 Conquest that it calls an “SUV of the sea,” meaning that it’s both rugged and sophisticated, and that it can do a lot of things very well. When he launched the new Conquest at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nick Stickler, the Boston Whaler president, said “We’re thrilled to introduce a new model that heralds the return of adventurous overnighting.”

Indeed, you can spend a very comfortable overnight, and much longer, in the new Conquest’s large and private master stateroom, with its own head and separate shower. And you can get all the adventure you want, offshore or elsewhere, with Whaler’s powerful deep-V hull (19 degrees at the transom), powered by four rugged 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards. The 405 Conquest hull is totally new, redesigned from the keel up, to provide for faster planing and greater stability; a Seakeeper gyro-stabilizer is optional.

The boat’s transom area can be customized, depending on whether the owner wants to emphasize fishing or cruising and entertaining on board. It has a bait prep area, as well as a grill, sink, fridge and storage.

The main deck is enclosed and protected by a hardtop, with a wet bar on the starboard side. A unique portside companion lounge converts to several positions. The port side also has a creative pop-up panel that reveals a second joystick, in case the captain needs to dock the boat from that side. The helm, of course, is to starboard with the regular joystick.

Below, there’s an L-shaped settee with a table on two stainless steel pedestals. It has storage below and a filler so it can be converted to a sleeping berth. A TV faces the settee, and two opening portholes let in natural light.  The guest mid-cabin has a privacy curtain, storage  under the mattress, and a hanging locker.

The master cabin forward has an island bed with storage in front, and cabinets overhead with flip-up doors on both sides. It has a hanging locker with cedar lining, and a 24-inch, flat-screen TV.  A sliding pocket door separates the stateroom from the lower salon area. The galley has teak cabinets, a single-burner cooktop, a microwave and a fridge/freezer.

A large sun-pad lounge is on the bow, creating an entirely separate social area.

Specs.: LOA: 41’4”; Beam: 13’6”; Draft: 2’7”; Disp.: 29,500 lbs.; Fuel: 600 gals.; Water: 90 gals.; Power: 4×300-hp Mercury Verado outboards.






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