1987 Boston Whaler Outrage 18


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The 1987 Boston Whaler - Outrage 18 is a true classic among the many models of Boston Whaler offshore fishing boats. It is arguably the most popular Boston Whaler of all time and is, likely, the best boat the company has ever built. Unsinkable like every other Whaler, the Outrage 18 is the complete package, offering incredible range, versatility, and ease of ownership. During the ’80s, Boston Whaler made some of the best boats ever. Safety, simplicity, versatility, practicality, and quality were trademarks of these boats. Sadly, these boats are no longer built, but have become true classics and are known as some of the best used fishing boats you can buy. These classic Boston Whalers also hold their value better than any boat on the market.

The 1987 Outrage 18 offers an extremely comfortable ride and incredible range primarily due to its’ internal, 63-gallon fuel tank. In 1992 the boat was completely redesigned and isn’t nearly as sought after.

One of the things that make the Classic Boston Whaler Outrage 18 great is the abundance of Teak woodwork. Teak gunwale boards, Louvered teak doors, and a teak fire extinguisher pocket are commonplace among these boats. The hull of the Outrage 18 is a modified vee-hull shape that evolved from the original twin-sponson designs of the earlier hulls. This vee-hull form evolved over the years to an extremely stable central vee-hull design, while the twin sponsons shrunk, becoming only vestigial runners which greatly enhance lateral stability.

The cockpit of the Outrage 18 is also different from the smaller boats. There is more freeboard in the hull and thus there is a deeper cockpit. The older, low profile "sled" hull design did not provide enough freeboard to keep large waves out of the cockpit, so the gunwales on the Outrage 18 are noticeably higher than those of the Montauk 17. This, again, reflects the offshore fishing heritage of the Outrage 18. The transom is provided with a large well (with drains) and the transom height kept low; so that water can drain quickly out the back should the boat be swamped. The design provides sufficient reserve buoyancy that even in a swamped boat the outboard motor powerhead will be above water, allowing the engine to run and to help in draining water from the cockpit.

Smaller Boston Whalers carry their fuel in on-deck fuel tanks, but the Outrage 18 features a huge integral 63-Gallon aluminum fuel tank built into a hull cavity. This large fuel capacity gives the Outrage 18 the ability to make long trips without refueling. In comparison, the Montauk 17 would typically carry only 12-24 gallons of fuel, about a third of the Outrage's capacity. Carrying the fuel in a below deck, built-in tank gives the Outrage 18 a definite "big boat" feel. The fuel system also provides tank vents, a fuel tank access with cap for filling located on the gunwale, fuel lines to the engine compartment, a large fuel filter, and a fuel tank level gauge.


Length......................18 feet 6 inches

Beam........................7 feet 2 inches

Draft.......................10 inches (with engine tilted clear of water)

Weight......................1250 pounds standard model Outrage 18

Maximum Weight Capacity…...1925 pounds

Swamped Capacity............3000 pounds

Persons Capacity............7 people

Maximum horsepower..........150 HP

Minimum Horsepower.......... 75 HP

Fuel Capacity............... 63 gallon integral tank (in accessible central cavity)


Designer....................Bob Dougherty

First years offered..........1981 - 1990

Color.......................1981 - 1990 Desert Tan

This Boston Whaler – Outrage 18 has been fully inspected and meticulously restored to bring its new owner may years of reliable boating and fishing pleasure. Below is a comprehensive list of items completed during the restoration of this classic Boston Whaler:


  • Boat/Hull was completely stripped and all rigging, stainless railing, windshield, and all removable accessories were removed for reconditioning. Each item was fully polished and restored prior to reinstallation.

  • Boat bottom was fully sanded to remove any residual contamination and subsequently painted with 4 coats of Blue “TotalBoat JD Select” Ablative Antifouling Bottom Paint.

  • Teak Gunwale boards and console doors were removed, sandblasted and refinished with 17 coats of “TotalBoat Gleam” Satin Polyurethane Spar varnish. Each coat was hand-sanded between applications for long-term durability.

  • Hull gelcoat was color-sanded, polished and fully detailed to original gloss.

  • Fuel tank was drained and inspected internally using borescope revealing a recent tank restoration and interior coating. Tank was pressurized and flushed with 10 gallons of clean fuel to remove any residual sediment. Fuel tank is in excellent condition.

  • Rubber beltline bumper material replaced with new.

  • New OEM style upgraded LED front navigation lights were installed.

  • Baystar outboard hydraulic steering system was serviced


  • 2005 Yamaha 115 4-Stroke outboard engine with 636 total hours (engine family 5YMXM1.742GA) was given a full 100-hour service/maintenance including Yamalube 10w-30w synthetic oil change with filter, new Denso spark plugs, new Yamaha fuel pump, new Racor canister fuel filter, new bulb primer, water jacket cleaning and purge.

  • Engine cover was restored, painted and all new Genuine Yamaha graphics applied.

  • Lower-end unit was removed and inspected. New waterpump and gaskets installed, gearcase oil changed.

  • 3-Blade Stainless steel polished propeller


  • Trailer is fully galvanized and configured for Outrage 18 hull

  • New carpeted bunks including new redwood bases

  • New bow rollers

  • New winch and bow receiver assembly

  • New tow ball receiver assembly

  • New safety chains

  • New taillights & 5-pin truck plug-in

  • Hubs serviced and new Bearing-Buddies installed

  • Fenders removed and coated with Herculiner material

  • New 14” Pacer 310W Wheels

  • Existing ratcheting hold-down straps serviced and adjusted


  • Dual West-Marine deep-cycle Marine batteries

  • Blue Sea Systems model 6007 dual battery switch

  • Bait tank with tubing, pump, and associated connections (not shown, separate)

  • Lowrance Elite-5 Sonar Fish finder.

  • Ball Compass

  • Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC+ ITU Class D VHF radio/ ship-to-shore

  • Original Igloo cooler with seat cushion

  • Fish cutting table adaptable for factory cooler (not shown, separate)

  • Custom, beam-width rear bench seating

  • Front fisherman’s chair

  • Todd Enterprises Captain’s leaning post bench with back rest (convertible with fishing pole holders).

  • 400 Watt Marine Stereo receiver with AM/FM/CD/WMA/MP3 and twin remote speakers

  • New Seal-Skin Boat trailerable boat cover with fully enclosed/zippered outboard engine cover

As with all Autobahn West inventory, we have inspected and prepared this Boston Whaler to a far higher standard than you will find with other independent dealers. At Autobahn West, we are lifelong car and boating enthusiasts and truly understand the demands of the discriminating customer. This is why we only offer vehicles that meet our stringent criteria.

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