John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.

FEBRUARY 2012
 
   
Length overall  21' 4"
Beam  8' 6"
Draft 12.5"        
Deadrise  16 degrees
Weight 2,500 lb Fuel 66.5 gal  
Max. Capacity 9 persons          
Max. Power 200 hp

Boston Whaler's Montauk was a radical design fifty years ago, but the square-bowed, vee-bottomed center-console is a legitimate classic today, an unsinkable family boat with legendary seaworthiness, safety and durability. For 2012 Whaler has introduced the largest Montauk ever, the 210. Her size allows her to carry items like a T-top and an in-console head that don't fit easily into her 15-, 17- and 19-foot sisters. The new boat offers a wide range of other extras too, such as a choice between an aft bench seat and a transom livewell flanked by comfortable quarter seats with removable backrests. Either configuration can be fitted with a tow arch. The bow deck is large enough for separate anchor and fish boxes. It also can hold an optional full cushion set or a sun lounge.

Power choices include Mercury's strong new naturally aspirated 150 EFI Four-Stroke or the supercharged Verado 150 XL or 200 XL. Whaler's performance figures for a T-top-equipped 210 with the standard EFI 150 show a top speed of 42.9 mph and super-efficient cruise over a wide range of speeds (17–32 mph). The 150 XL's performance is similar to the 150 EFI, but the XL's electronic throttle-shift controls are smoother, and acceleration is quicker. The 200 XL is even quicker, with a top speed of 46.6. Whaler's website has details to help you pick the best power choice for the ways you'll use the boat.

Base Price for the 210 Montauk (including freight, dealer prep, and trailer) is $47,284 with the standard Mercury EFI Four-Stroke 150; $49,207 with the Verado 150 XL; and $53,181 with the Verado 200 XL. Boston Whaler, Edgewater, Fla., 800-Whaler9 (800-942-5379); www.whaler.com.