Boat Test: 2016 Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless

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Boat Tested2016 Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Center Console
Manufacturer Boston Whaler
Length21ft 3in / 6.48 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Weight3235
HullFiberglass
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeMercury Verado
Fuel Capacity75
By Mike Gridley
Boston Whaler has built a solid reputation for its well-crafted line of unsinkable boats. If you are looking for truly versatile boat, one of their Dauntlessmodels, ranging in size from 17 to 27 feet, will certainly meet your expectations. Sitting mid pack is this 210 Dauntless, geared for both family fun and serious fishing.

Whalers have a distinctly attractive look that makes them highly recognizable on the water. With a cockpit depth of 20 inches, the Dauntless is lower to the water than many competitors. This aside, the hull provides a dry, stable ride in all conditions, but the most extreme.

As with all Whalers, quality and attention to detail is first-rate. All deck hardware is 316 L stainless steel and railings and the T-top structure are welded.

Underway, the optional T-top was solid, as was the hull and deck structure. No flex, no sounds, no rattles. The Mercury Verado 200 Pro’s electro-hydraulic steering and Digital Throttle and Shift control (DTS) made driving this boat effortless.


The console layout is clean and has space set aside for flush mounting electronics. In this model, Mercury SmartCraft gauges were added alongside the switch panel to monitor theVerado 200. The console incorporates a livewell under the forward seat and the interior is reasonably roomy for accessing the head. Other options at the helm include electric trim tabs with indicators and a Fusion satellite radio system.

With a capacity of eight people, the Dauntless has a plenty of seating. The doublewide helm with folding backrest is comfortable standing or seated. Flipping up the aft casting deck reveals full beam transom seating, and with the optional bow cushions, two more can lounge forward.

Ready to fish, the 210 Dauntless has six stainless rod holders forward of the console, four more at the transom and four on the T-top. The optional helm seat adds a 25-gallon livewell, raw water washdown and knife and leader holder.

Inshore, offshore or cruising the lakes, the 210 Dauntless will serve you well.

Test Boat EngineMercury Verado 200 Pro, 2.6 L (158.7ci), 200 hp supercharged in-line six-cylinder four-stroke
ACCELERATION (mph/sec)20 / 4.0; 30 / 6.8
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)5,800 / 45.1
CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
4,000 / 28.6
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