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Boston Whaler 345 Conquest Wins Award for Innovative Cabin Design

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest Wins Award for Innovative Cabin Design

345 Dauntless.

345 Dauntless. Photo courtesy of Boston Whaler.

Boston Whaler’s 345 Conquest today won the 2014 Innovation Award for its spectacularly designed interior at the Miami Boat Show. There’s a lot more space than might be expected, according to Jeff Vaughn, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service, who spoke at a press event here in Miami this afternoon.

What makes the 345 Conquest so appealing is its convertible seating. It starts in the climate-controlled helm with a hard-top where passenger seating can convert into a full lounge. Opposite the cockpit wet bar, the trademark reversible companion seating allows you to enjoy a conversation helmside, but easily converts to face aft. Further aft, there ‘s a roomy bench that folds out of the way to transform the area into a huge platform.

Convertible seating at the helm.

Convertible seating at the helm. Photo courtesy of Boston Whaler.

The convertibility theme continues with the real star of the 345 Conquest — the convertible cabin. This cabin has a full galley with a large dining table big enough for six adults. At the touch of a button, the table converts electronically into a queen-sized berth. When you wake up, just press the button and the cushions retract to make room for your table. Bonus: Because the cushions retract, you don’t have to worry about where to store them when the bed isn’t needed.

Nigel Calder, marine journalist and author, and one of the Innovation Award judges, calls it “the James Bond of beds!”

Convertible table/bed.

Convertible table/bed. Photo courtesy of Boston Whaler.

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