It’s one thing to have long-distance ambitions. For outdoor enthusiasts, wanderlust strikes often, and often hard. But it’s another thing entirely to have achieved those ambitions, savored them, shared them as stories around the campfire or on a Facebook wall… and then use them as fuel for even greater adventures.
The new Boston Whaler Realm series was made for ambitious boaters, the ones who seek to live out thrilling new stories, as well as those whose thirst for excitement is more easily sated. The name itself conjures up a sense of empowerment: A whole new Realm. A world of possibility. Adventurers welcome.
Timed for release with Whaler’s 60th anniversary, the 350 Realm made its debut in late 2017 and was quickly lauded for its approach to exploration, earning a coveted 2018 Innovation Award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Boston Whaler Director of Large Boat Sales Wil Rogers noted at the time of the win, “The 350 Realm provides an ideal mix of capability and comfort to empower and share the joy of discovery. As we celebrate our 60th year, the Realm is a great reflection of our heritage and values.”
Not long after, the 350 was joined by the new 380 Realm, a larger version dedicated to being “Expedition Grade”: ready for anything, poised to take you near or far — even very far — safely and in style.
“The 380 Realm is designed to make any on-water goal possible,” Rogers says. “It expands the definition of ‘all-day boat’ into something that encompasses cruising, fishing, entertaining, overnighting, long-distance travel and more.”
“This is what Boston Whaler’s six-decade legacy is all about: constantly challenging ourselves to push the limits and provide new ways for boaters to experience the water,” notes Whaler President Nick Stickler. “We’re proud to expand our lineup with such a highly capable, beautifully designed addition to the Realm series.”
With its spacious center console layout, modern cabin and impressive performance attributes, the 380 Realm, like the 350 before it, arrives ready for action. Purposeful features make this an ideal entertaining platform. A spacious open bow includes three-across lounge seating, armrests and cup holders galore, premium JL Audio® speakers, and opposing forward seating that facilitates conversation around an optional teak table (which also happens to raise and lower electronically to form a sun lounge).
In the cockpit, two full rows of plush, convertible seating provide great versatility, with backrests that slide seamlessly to face forward or backward, breezy air conditioning, and footrests for every seat. An extendable SureShade® sunshade stretches aft to lend welcome shade, while the robust prep station makes it easy to keep your crew well-fed. That crew will be well-hydrated, too, thanks to the massive under-seat cooler with an optional refrigeration system that keeps days’ worth of beverages ice-cold.
Another one of the 380 Realm’s feats of engineering is a full windshield featuring a brilliantly designed, aft-swinging access door. This expanse of glass, supported so that it’s easy to open and shut, provides protection from the elements while maintaining your connection with nature — not to mention walk-through bow access.
Throughout, the Realm prioritizes comfort, whether you’re planning a dinner cruise with friends or a multi-day excursion with the whole family. Below deck, a well-designed cabin features a fully enclosed head with shower, a galley, an entertainment center, and a convertible V-berth for overnight stays. Which means that if the itch to explore hasn’t been scratched by sundown, you don’t have to head home just yet.
If fishing is on the agenda, choose from an array of options to elevate your game, including radial outriggers, hardtop aft ladder rod holders, a 45-gallon insulated livewell and more.
In terms of performance, the Realm marries cutting-edge design with so- phisticated technology aimed at elevating your mastery of the water. Operation is easy, thanks to the intuitive Mercury® SmartCraft VesselView display, which connects seamlessly to a variety of available Raymarine® navigation packages. Available Joystick Piloting ensures worry-free docking, while the optional Seakeeper® gyro-stabilization system virtually eliminates boat roll.
And with the Realm’s highly efficient 300-hp Mercury Verado® engines (triples on the 350; quads on the 380) and huge fuel capacity, paired with Boston Whaler’s precision-engineered variable running surface hull, you get powerful, efficient performance; tons of range; and a soft, safe, dry ride—all the way to the horizon and back.