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The entire side of the console swings open for access to the head.

hard toP
Our test boat was equipped with the
optional hardtop and this was a very nice
addition in our opinion. There is standing height under the hardtop and 2 LED
lights overhead for night-time convenience. The test boat had a roll-out sun
shade that extends right out over the
cockpit, sheltering passengers from the
sun. A simple crank operates this. The
hardtop frame is very strong and provides a solid handhold for passengers.
interior FeatureS
Most people will step aboard by the
swim platform and there is a starboard
side step-through with a sturdy door that
has a heavy latch and a magnetic holder

to keep it open as well. The battery
switches are located in the step-through.
Across the transom is a big folding
stern seat for two and when it is folded
away, the backrest doubles as a padded
edge for comfortable fishing. Everywhere we looked we found substantial
stainless-steel hardware and fittings. We
also liked the big scuppers to drain the
cockpit quickly. There is a fresh-water
wash down system for salt water owners,
or fishermen to hose it out.
On starboard behind the helm seat is
a refreshment centre with a sink and a
cutting board, handrail and a Yeti cooler
under the counter. The designers also
included two drink holders with drains
and sturdy stainless-steel fiddles.
A real highlight of the Boston Whaler
230 Vantage design is the companion
seat which is extremely "trick"! This
quickly adjusts to many different positions and uses. You can fold the stern
seat out, then flip the companion seat
back rest to face backwards for watching
water skiing, or you can turn it into an
aft-facing sun lounge. Adjust to a different position and you can have a forwardfacing sun lounge. In the middle
position, you have regular back to back

seats; it's extremely versatile and has a
large storage area inside.
On the back edge of the seat box is
a mount for the removable picnic
table. You can set that up to serve
drinks or food with the table between
the companion seat and the fold-out
aft bench. The same table can relocate to the bow area where the whole
family can gather around.
By the transom, a section of flooring
lifts with gas strut assist to reveal the
battery, tank access, fuel filter and other
mechanical systems. You might use this
for storage of lines and small items as
well. There's an underfloor rod locker
which can also hold large objects such
as skis or wakeboards and PFDs.
The starboard side console under
the helm is part of a large storage area
accessed from the bow, that includes
chocks to hold the picnic table and
brackets to hold a bucket. Use this
for cleaning supplies or other loose
items. This compartment also gives
access to the back of the instrument
panel for service.
We have often seen this style of boat
where the center section of the windshield swings open, but we have rarely

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Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
Power Review: NC 895 Sport
Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
The Port Hole: February 2020
Book Review: Ready to Come About
Crossing The Line: Last Crossing to Havana
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
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