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Cruising boats are designed for spending extended periods of time on the water. In contrast to boats like runabouts and deck boats, cruising boats offer both fun in the great outdoors and protection from the elements, while also delivering the performance attributes for hours of cruising.



They feature amenities for all-day comfort including a bathroom (or “head”), food-prep area, and sleeping space, such as a V-berth. The best cruisers provide great versatility and include amenities for various day cruising activities, as well, from fishing, swimming and diving to lounging, entertaining and beyond.


Cabin cruisers are boats with cabins that come fully equipped with sleeping, cooking and bathroom accommodations. They offer the capabilities of much larger cruiser yachts, at a much more accessible size and price range. Having the ability to sleep and prepare meals onboard greatly expands the possibilities for how you can use your boat, allowing you to travel and stay in other marinas without having to rent a hotel room or hurry back before nightfall.


Boston Whaler models in the Realm, Conquest and larger Outrage series are considered cabin cruiser boats. In addition to comfortable living accommodations, these models also make excellent use of space above deck, offering expansive bow gathering areas, well-equipped Summer Kitchens and wetbars, sophisticated features and options for fishing, and smart, convertible seating. Boston Whaler’s purpose-driven layouts, cutting-edge technology and precision-engineered hulls create tremendous versatility, safety and ease of use, whether you’re taking the family on a long-distance journey or anchoring up with friends in a nearby cove.

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Bay and lake boats feature a shallower draft and less freeboard, meaning they sit higher in the water and can safely navigate through shallow waters. This makes them ideal for cruising to waterfront restaurants, hidden beaches and quiet coves, and home to canal-front neighborhoods. Many people consider them the best boats for fishing because they offer lots of open deck casting space, in addition to their nimble performance and ability to enter hard-to-reach corners of bays and lakes. Boston Whaler Dauntless and Vantage models are considered bay and lake boats.



The Dauntless models are center console boats, with the helm in the center and 360 degrees of walkaround—ideal for avid anglers and active families. The Vantage models, meanwhile, are dual console boats, with a helm station on the starboard side and an enclosed head within the console. Both series are popular among families for their incredible safety and versatility, and both offer amenities for a wide range of on-water activities, including fishing, watersports, day cruising and entertaining. In fact, two Boston Whaler Vantage models have earned an Innovation Award for their family-friendly design and revolutionary features like the portside convertible lounge seat.

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