Among the reasons Boating cited for choosing the 420 Outrage was its phenomenal ride quality, stating: Our editors are among the very few who have had the opportunity to run all of the boats in this category offshore. The consensus from that experience? The 420 Outrage delivers best-in-class overall ride and handling, and gets particular mention for attaining plane with less bow rise and hence better visibility from the helmthan the others.
In addition, Boatings editors named the 420 Outrages highly amenable cabin, its flawless execution of second-row helm seating, and its unique Upper Station lounge as standout features. The boats applied technologyincluding its Dynamic Running Surface electric trim tabs and Digital Vessel Control (via an included iPad and the CZone App)as worthy of recognition.
Boating explains its mission in choosing the Boat of the Year: Boats come in all shapes and sizes and have all types of disparate missions. One cannot compare a convertible sportfish to a ski boat. So all BOY selections are in context of other boats intended to fulfill the same mission. In a nutshell, Boatings Boat of the Year is the boat that is better in its category than any other boat is in any other category.
The 420 Outrage represents Boston Whalers commitment to purposeful innovation, said Bower. It is a culmination of so many fundamental Whaler attributes: Unbeatable safety and performance. Effortless style. Incredible versatility. Cutting-edge technology. This boat will continue to inform our focus looking forward, so seeing it named Boat of the Year only deepens our confidence and excitement for the future of Boston Whaler.