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Drawing just 12 inches to sneak into thin water, but rugged enough to head offshore, this new 200 Dauntless boasts plenty of fishing features, but also appeals to non-fishermen. This model is a completely new design from Boston Whaler, engineered not just for increased style, but also increased fishability.

Key Features

  • Self-bailing cockpit
  • Welded stainless steel bow rail
  • Integral swim platform with telescoping ladder
  • Full-width aft casting platform
  • Portable head in console
  • Insulated livewell with lid on front of console
  • Reversible pilot seat with locking backrest
  • SmartCraft deluxe gauge package

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Length Overall 20' 6''
Beam 8' 5''
Dry Weight 2,400 lbs.
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 12''
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 6' 1''
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 75 gal.
Water Capacity none
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Std. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury OptiMax
Tested Power 1 x 175-hp Mercury Verado
Opt. Power 1 x 150-hp Mercury Verado
1 x 175-hp Mercury Verado
1 x 175-hp Mercury Optimax

Boston Whaler 200 Dauntless (2012-) Line Drawing

A Lesson in PracticalityBy Capt. Vince DanielloWhile testing Boston Whaler’s completely redesigned 200 Dauntless, I noticed one overriding principle in all of the features on the boat: I call it usability. In designing and engineering all of the components of their boats Boston Whaler seems, more so than most manufacturers, to consider the end user, even in minor details. The gas fill on the 200 Dauntless, for example, is set in a beveled recess just in front of the engine well, so any gasoline burped while fueling goes into the motor well where it can be collected without making a mess. Sure, I’ve seen similar gas fills, but this attention to detail seems evident in every corner of the new 200 Dauntless.Practical ConsiderationsSimilar thoughtful features have been in the Dauntless family for a while. The aft seat opens ready to use, with no cushions to fuss with or stays to put in place. The seat back is held up with stainless steel pneumatic stays and the wide bench seat is split, allowing access to half the storage compartment beneath without having to lift up the entire seat. Whaler also offers an optional fiberglass insert that fits under this seat, forming an insulated fishbox. This fishbox can certainly be used to store gear as well, though the tradeoff would be noticeably less space than the standard configuration. Another practical consideration are the drink holders which are placed strategically throughout the boat, even up in the bow where they are convenient to both bow seating and the seat at the front of the console. It is also evident that Whaler considered multiple end uses by designing this seat to be either an insulated drink cooler or live baitwell. Some of the optional features recognize that boats are often used for varying purposes as well. The helm seat, for example, can conceal another large livewell, whereas the standard helm seat includes a large removable cooler beneath, and the optional poling platform over the top of the engine is equipped with a tow pylon and wakeboard racks. At the HelmThe helm includes more drink holders, lots of room for electronics, and storage beneath the steering wheel for items such as a wallet, keys, fishing pliers, a cell phone and an Mp3 player. Tucked into this space is a 12-volt cigarette lighter plug to keep electrical cords out of the way. I really like the SmartCraft gauges too, which are a pair of large analog tachometers with a small digital window at the bottom that can be set to display a variety of fuel or engine information. While these small windows limit what the skipper can view simultaneously, SmartCraft includes an array of engine alarms and multiple data can be shown on many Navman, Northstar navigation, or fishfinder displays.Performance ResultsWhile I have no way of knowing whether the performance of the 200 Dauntless was meticulously engineered or just happened, our test numbers were certainly impressive. Our test boat’s optional 175 horsepower Mercury Verado outboard provided better than five miles-per-gallon at 22.5 miles-per-hour, at just over half throttle, and we traveled over two miles-per-gallon at our top speed of 44.5 miles-per-hour, turning 6200 RPM. The Verado’s supercharger likely helped the 200’s acceleration too, pushing the boat up on plane in 3.4 seconds, which is an important consideration for shallow-water fishing where a small hole may be the only chance to jump up on plane. Similarly, the boat accelerated from 0 to 30 in 6.5 seconds, which is often the benchmark used in comparing boats for skiing and wakeboarding.Is this 200 Dauntless a perfectly designed boat? Well, no, and there probably never will be one from any manufacturer, at any price, as details that one might perceive as positive another would see as negative. I for example, would have opted for a fixed red and green running light, as I’ve found removable lights are more apt not to work when needed, but others certainly prefer having a clean bow with no light fixture to snag fishing lines, and don’t mind greasing the electrical contacts once in a while to prevent corrosion. But even in this example, Boston Whaler’s thoughtfulness shows—they provide a dedicated storage place for the removable light fixture, one more simple detail often overlooked by lesser boat builders.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Boston Whaler 200 Dauntless (2012-) is 44.5 mph (71.6 kph), burning 20.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 77.59 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Boston Whaler 200 Dauntless (2012-) is 22.5 mph (36.2 kph), and the boat gets 5.04 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.14 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 345 miles (555.22 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 175-hp Mercury Verado.

Marine Electronics

Fishfinder Optional Navman
VHF Radio Optional Navman


CD Stereo Optional Sirius Satellite Ready
Head: Portable Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Washdown: Raw Water Optional

Exterior Features

Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional


Hull Warranty
Engine Warranty
Transferable Extendable
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Accessories Warranty
Transferable Extendable
1-Year No No
ISO Certification NMMA Certification Yes


Pricing Range: $47,019.00

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
1000 4.6 4.0 0.5 9.1 7.9 622 541 64
1500 6.4 5.5 1.0 6.4 5.5 434 378 68
2000 7.6 6.6 1.7 4.5 3.9 306 266 70
2500 8.7 7.5 2.8 3.1 2.7 211 184 77
3000 14.8 12.9 3.7 4.1 3.5 277 241 81
3500 22.5 19.5 4.5 5.0 4.4 345 300 81
4000 27.3 23.7 6.0 4.6 4.0 311 271 84
4500 31.5 27.4 8.2 3.9 3.4 264 230 87
5000 34.8 30.2 11.5 3.0 2.6 208 181 88
5500 38.3 33.3 17.4 2.2 1.9 151 131 88
6000 43.0 37.3 20.8 2.1 1.8 142 123 91
6200 44.5 38.7 20.5 2.2 1.9 148 129 91
1000 541 1001 7.40 1.89 3.87 64
1500 378 698 10.30 3.79 2.70 68
2000 266 492 12.20 6.44 1.90 70
2500 184 340 14.00 10.60 1.31 77
3000 241 446 23.80 14.01 1.72 81
3500 300 555 36.20 17.03 2.14 81
4000 271 501 43.90 22.71 1.93 84
4500 230 425 50.70 31.04 1.65 87
5000 181 335 56.00 43.53 1.29 88
5500 131 243 61.60 65.87 0.94 88
6000 123 229 69.20 78.74 0.88 91
6200 129 238 71.60 77.60 0.92 91

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.