Boston Whaler, America’s most iconic offshore fishing brand, will be celebrating its 60th birthday in 2017 – and to mark the occasion, they are set to prove just how capable their boats can be by crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Boston, Massachusetts to Boston, Lincolnshire in a standard 315 Conquest.
This unique ‘Boston-to-Boston’ trip will involve a northerly route via Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Orkney, before heading down the east coast of Britain to Lincolnshire. The boat will then complete its epic voyage with an appearance on Boston Whaler UK’s stand at the 2017 Southampton Boat Show.
As a standard package, the 315 Conquest, with twin Mercury Verado 350 outboards, has a 1,100-litre fuel tank and a range of nearly 400Nm at 27 knots – and for its Atlantic voyage, the sole change to the basic off-the-shelf model will be a doubling of the fuel capacity to ensure sufficient range to navigate the longer passages with a safety margin in hand.
The plan is to leave Boston on the east coast of America at the end of July 2017, before taking in the Tall Ships Regatta in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 01 August. The boat will then continue on an easterly arc, finishing the 3,900-nautical-mile trip on or around 20 August on England’s east coast. And the two Brits who will be making the voyage (freelance journalist, Alex Smith and Editor of Motorboat Owner magazine, Neale Byart) are understandably excited...
Alex said: “When Boston Whaler talked to us about the best way of celebrating what they do, we thought it would be fantastic fun to take a Boston Whaler from Boston, Massachusetts to Boston, Lincolnshire; a transatlantic journey from the east coast of America to the east coast of England and all in an off-the-shelf Boston Whaler with no modifications except an uprated fuel tank. From our combined experience of testing boats over the last 15 years, we were confident that a Boston Whaler of even moderate size would be well up to the task – and to their enormous credit, the Boston Whaler guys were very quick to embrace the idea.”
To find out more about Boston Whaler’s fleet of robust offshore fishers, visit Boston Whaler - and to keep abreast of updates about the 60th anniversary Boston-to-Boston epic, keep an eye on boats.com.