Boston Whaler has retired the 370 Outrage while it was among the most popular of the company’s lineup. And it did so not by making the usual adjustments to the existing model that we typically see, but from starting over with a clean sheet of paper. In doing so, it created a new and revitalized battle wagon that has many improvements both below and above the waterline. The most significant, in our eyes, is a completely new running surface. This could either make or break the legendary handling characteristics that Boston Whaler’s are so well known for, so let’s start with those changes and what they resulted in.
New Hull Design
With the world adopting a “don’t fix it if it ain't broke” mentality, Boston Whaler begs to differ. This new hull design is significant.
First, the obvious… the designers increased the deadrise from 15-degrees to a whopping 23-degrees. The design then focused on deadrise distribution to get more deadrise midship for a more comfortable ride at the helm. Then added a padded keel with minimal rocker angle to help the boat get on plane easily, minimize bow rise, and increase visibility at all speeds. Finally, there’s the incorporation of the “dynamic running surface” trim tab system. Larger triangular planes integrated in the running surface increase lift and effectiveness compared to traditional transom-mounted tabs, reduced drag and allow for a cleaner flow off the tabs as compared to transom-mounted tabs.
The Boston Whaler 380 Outrage has a LOA of 38’ (11.58 m), a beam of 11’8” (3.56 m) and a draft of 23.5” (59.69 cm). With an empty weight of 14,500 lbs. (6,577 kg), 44% fuel, two people and test power, plus nearly 1 ton (2,000 lbs. / 907 kg) of optional features added on, we had an estimated test weight of 20,094 lbs. (9,114 kg).
We tested with Mercury’s new cruise assist system controlling the engine speeds and all the engines were set on auto trim… and both systems performed flawlessly. So… for our first time testing with everything on full auto, and the triple Mercury 350 Verados turning 16x17 (40.6 cm x 43.2 cm) Enertia Eco props.
We reached our top speed of 50 mph at 6200 rpm. Best cruise was measured at 4000 rpm and 29.3 mph. At that speed the 32.7 gph fuel burn translated into .9 mpg and a range of 359 miles, all while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 445 gal. (1,685 L) total fuel capacity.
And remember, this performance is with the added weight of the many options… the tower and sea keeper gyro among the heaviest.
As for her handling, we tested in protected water and got a good feel for the way the 380 Outrage handles. We found her newly designed hull to be responsive and well mannered in the calm waters of our test area. But that just doesn’t tell the full story. This is a Boston Whaler, so what matters is how she handles offshore.
So we took her out in winds blowing 30 to 35 mph with 8' to 10' rollers and had at it. Turns out this 380 outrage handles with the grace of the 420… solid, predictable and well mannered. It was unbelievable. There was never a moment where we felt compromised, and indeed we had no desire to turn around and head back in to the protected inlet.
She has a narrow entry giving clean penetration, and that new 23-degree deadrise makes for a soft re-entry with water being thrown wide and low. She’ll still take spray, wind being what it is, but it’s minimized from this new design. And the ability to take the dynamic tab system and lower the nose into this heavy surf is just without equal… and it’s all automatic.
This boat also has a SeaKeeper gyrostabilizer so we powered that unit up for a look. No surprise, it worked great and this is a feature that will not only be appreciated by the families, but the fishermen that will be standing for long periods.
Features Inspection by Category
The ships 110v electrical panel is protected inside, just at the cabin entry. The 12v panel is behind a hatch to the starboard bulkhead, adjacent to the helm seats, and this space also includes the ignitions that will activate the push to start buttons at the helm.
The helm console is surrounded by tempered glass on three sides and an electrically actuated vent is at the top of the forward windshield. Defrost vents are just behind and this is a feature that we’ve seen forgotten on some other builders designs. Overhead and facing the operator are the SeaKeeper control panel, the Mercury Active Trim panel controlling the engine trims, the latest iteration of Mercury’s VesselView display, and an opening glove box with tension hinges.
The operator, helm and compass are right on the centerline, in the sweet spot of handling. A soft-touch vinyl dash cover and brow top off the console and Boston Whaler thoughtfully added a welcome space for putting stuff like cell phones that includes an accessory plug and USB port (the requested features begin).
Rocker switches line the top of the panel, heat and ac vents are in the center. To our eye, the most significant switches are the boost switch for the heat and ac (temporarily labeled Acc 2 on our hull #1 test boat), and switch to open the forward vent.
The panel that has been cleaned up significantly over previous models and the glass dash concept features two 165 GS screens mounted into an acrylic backing. Below are the three engine start/stops, the fusion stereo, the remote for the spotlight, the stainless wheel has a convenient steering knob and it’s all mounted to a tilt base.
The automatic trim tabs are alongside, and this hull really made us a fan of those. The digital throttle and shift binnacle is next and then the Mercury JPO or Joystick Piloting for Outboards with its features that include Heading Hold Autopilot, Waypoint Steering, Skyhook, Boathook, and Bow Hook included. Dual footrests are below.
Directly overhead is storage for the full weather enclosure, and this highlights a theme of Boston Whaler storing items near where they will be used. And it’s not lost on us that we still have 6’8" (2.03 m) of headroom under this storage space.
The seats are three across with each one having individual armrests and bolsters. The captain’s, in the center, is electrically adjustable fore and aft. The port side observer gets a separate flip down footrest since this seat is not at the console. And our vertically challenged test captain loves the flip down elevated deck brought him up six more inches (15.24 cm). In a thoughtful touch, it’s covered with anti-fatigue SeaDecking. With the flip down decking in the lowered position, a panel is exposed that houses the SeaKeeper gyro.
We access the tower from a set of stairs and a sliding hatch to the port side. This elevated helm is functional and minimalist but still features a small nav display, a Vessel View display, the remote spotlight control, horn, engine start stops, tilt base steering, vhf, DTS engine controls and a second joystick. The doublewide seat has individual bolsters with storage underneath. Outriggers are to the sides and overhead is a protective Bimini providing much appreciated shade.
At the foredeck, a hatch concealed the vertically mounted Lewmar windlass. The anchor is mounted through the stem. A cleat is provided for securing the rode. A remote control on a coiled cord mounts to the void area that also houses a washdown spigot and room to access the rode.
The hatch cover is finished to both sides, it’s supported with a stainless steel support strut and opens with a turn and lock latch. When closed the entire foredeck is treated with diamond non-skid and includes pull-up cleats and rod holders.
Here’s one of our favorite features. We first saw this on Boston Whaler’s and now it’s a theme that’s repeated by other manufacturers. At the cockpit, a deck hatch lifts to reveal a mechanical room with basically all of the mechanical components of the 380 Outrage combined into this one compartment.
There’s a flip down deck with diamond non-skid that makes it easier to work here. Underneath it are the batteries. Looking around in a clockwise direction we’ve got the fire suppression system, the port fishbox macerator pump, the holding tank discharge, the livewell pump, two power steering pumps, the battery charger, a freshwater pump, a raw water pump, water manifolds, automatic battery switches and parallels, another power steering pump, three fuel filters, the starboard fishbox macerator, the air conditioning pump, the gyro cooling water pump, raw water strainers, the bilge pumps, probably a partridge in a pear tree, oh… and the generator.
For fishing features, the cockpit measures in at 45 sq. ft. (4.18 sq. m), providing plenty of fighting room. To both sides are huge fishboxes that are refrigerated and macerated. Forward there are spreader lights behind the hardtop, two color courtesy lights, a remote camera and rod holders integrated into the supports.
In the quarters, there are 10” (25.4 cm) cleats, washdown spigots, speakers, and cannonball holders integrated into toe rails. A hatch alongside opens to a drawer designed to hold a 5-gallon (18.93 L) bucket. The whole deck is canted to channel water to the twin deck drains to each side.
In the port quarter, the button to the top activates the auto flush system for the engines. Just hook up a single hose and press this switch to flush all the engines out with fresh water. back and forth. We’d like to see an acrylic cover to this. It’s connected to a huge pump that keeps the water well circulated.
At the bow, we can create an elevated platform, complete with diamond non-skid that’s great for a cast netter or bait caster.
Lastly, a tuna door is to the port side bulwarks for hauling that big catch in, and when using it as a dive door, a reboarding ladder that stores close by at the transom mounts right in. A grab handle rotates into position from just inside the opening. Because this opens inward, this also makes an ideal spot to board from a floating dock. And Boston Whaler was clever enough to design the bulwarks to come out slightly to allow for walking right past the open door without the risk of jamming a leg into it… nice touch there.
Families will also appreciate a lot of what the 380 Outrage has to offer and to us, the newly designed Outrage bow is the main attraction. The bulwarks are drawn outward to provide more room so facing each other does not equate to knees being interlocked. In fact, with 7’8” (2.34 m) between the bolsters, they’re not even close.
Sitting forward, the seat bases flip up to form backrests and the arms are drawn to the top of the bolsters 20” (51 cm) above the seat cushions recessed grab rail. The teak table actuates up and down and a pad on top will convert the whole area into a sun pad.
Just behind is a large doublewide lounge. Armrests are to the sides and in the center an armrest flips down that includes a pair of beverage holders, a self-draining cell phone cubby and a connectivity port just behind.
The storage in the bow is greatly improved over the previous models. In the deck between the V-seats alone we can fit several 5-gallon (18.93 L) buckets in this 3’2” x 3’ x 20” (.97 m x .91 m x 50.8 cm) compartment. If the electrically actuated table isn’t chosen then this can be a macerated fishbox.
The V-seat storage opens with a single remote latch for one-handed access. And there have been great improvements to the storage under the lounge seating. With previous models, this was the location of the rod storage, so to get to anything, the rods had to come out first. Now, the rods are moved into the cabin, in a climate controlled environment by the way, so this is now wide-open storage space that can hold huge amounts of gear and tanks.
At the Side Decks
As we move back, to both sides the rail tops out at 36” (91 cm) with 20” (51cm) wide deck space. There’s open storage under the gunwales, a forward facing speaker, cargo net storage and flip down jump seats. The padded bolsters wrap-around the entire boat. To the port side of the helm seat there’s a refrigerated drawer.
Back in the cockpit, the aft facing seat enhances the utility of the cockpit. It has storage underneath, converts quite easily to a buffet table, and notice the teak surface.
A flip out seat at the transom adds even more seating and closes when more room is needed. We can also add a set of cockpit tables for even more versatility and there’s yet another flip down seat to the starboard bulkhead. The tables store close by under the deck hatch, and notice how cleverly the brackets allow the table to pivot away before sliding out. Overhead a retractable awning electrically actuates to provide shade to the entire cockpit area.
With the starboard helm console, Boston Whaler created the ability to move the cabin entry to the area just to port of the helm. Now we can have a full weather enclosure option while still being able to access the cabin from that protected environment. This is a huge improvement over the side or front of the console entry. We measured 6’5” (1.96 m) to the overhead skylight.
To starboard, there’s a microwave behind a retractable door. Below there’s a vessel sink recessed into a Corian counter and an opening portlight is just beyond. Notice that the sink is elevated just above the counter so we also have a quick drop spot for cellphones and wallets, complete with a raised edge. Trash goes below. Ahead is a seating area that converts to a double berth.
Storage solutions played a big part in the cabin. Of course there’s the rod storage we discussed, that moves the rods out of the bow compartment. And there’s the blue courtesy lighting just above, adding a touch of bling to the high-end reels. Cabinets are above and shelving is above that.
Forward is where the real innovations take place. There’s regular V-seating, but by flipping the hinged cushions down, Boston Whaler added rubberized surfaces, so when we bring aboard our plastic storage totes, this gives us a place to put them without having then slide off. Additional bins, or other items, can go just ahead of the cushions and they’re also prevented from sliding by the cushions themselves. It’s a real world solution and a clever one.
However, the biggest improvement is the now fully enclosed head. The door is held open with a magnetic catch. The head includes a flip-down teak seat, pull-out shower wand, opening portlight, mirror, and our favorite feature… the flip down foul weather gear hooks… great place to dry out wet jackets. The heat and AC vent speeds the process up.
Clearly, this is a boat with a lot to offer and she’s pretty well set up with everything customer research has shown that boaters in this class are looking for. Her new hull design performed flawlessly and the automatic controlling from the Mercury systems are a perfect complement. As for comfort, it’s everywhere we stepped, and then some.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage (2017-) is 50.0 mph (80.5 kph), burning 91.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 345.19 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage (2017-) is 29.3 mph (47.2 kph), and the boat gets 0.9 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.38 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 359 miles (577.75 kilometers).
- Tested power is 3 x 350-hp Mercury Verado (JP).
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Helm: Second Station||Standard|
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