I had my sights set on an express fisherman boat and looked around for two years. After many test drives and much investigation, I came upon the Defiance model by Boston Whaler, and I was sold. It took another year to find the perfect one.We are the second owners of this boat. We purchased Necessities in 2006 from Hargrave Yacht Brokers in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The first owner lived in the northeast and used her only during the summer months and dry stored her during the winter, resulting in very low hours on the engines and generator when we purchased her. The first owner traded up for a much larger Hargrave yacht. Boston Whaler, according to their in house sales manager, only made 61 registered Defiance models, and the number of vessels that had Yanmar diesels and marlin towers were even fewer. We felt lucky to find her. The following is an excerpt from the Boston Whaler Defiance review in Saltwater Sportsman Magazine:
But unsinkability is only part of the Defiance story, and Whaler has managed to throw in some other innovative touches. For instance, the boat has a new exhaust-processing system that channels smoke and fumes away from the cockpit, virtually eliminating that noxious diesel smell. At idle speed, a series of pipes carries the exhaust underwater, where it is expelled. At speed, the fumes are expelled through the bottom of the chamber, which is permanently attached to the lower half of the boat's transom, so that smoke and fumes popup in the wake, well behind the boat. Noise is reduced, as well.
The Defiance is built on a deep-vee hull and rides smoothly, with a level running attitude that affords excellent visibility from the helm or anywhere on the bridge deck. And speaking of the bridge deck, the entire thing slides aft to completely expose the engines for major service work. A day hatch on the centerline lets you check the fluids and belts. The cockpit is set up for major fishing action, with a 54-gallon live well installed on the centerline of the transom. There's also a unique transom door to starboard under a hinged covering board. The door slides into a recessed slot in the transom when open, so there's no swinging door to worry about. Coaming pads surround the pit, and two large, insulated fish boxes in the sole drain through individual macerator pumps. The lazarette contains the optional 5kW Kohler generator, and provides thorough inner-hull access. Rods can be stored in starboard racks under the gunwales, or in the six-rod holders in the covering boards.
A tackle center, located to starboard at the aft end of the bridge deck, contains a freshwater sink and a bait-prep area, along with slide-out tackle boxes and a knife-and-pliers rack. An aft-facing seat outboard of this unit has several large drawers beneath it that can hold all of your loose tackle. A second aft-facing seat to port is mounted atop an insulated drink box. On the bridge deck there's rod storage beneath the lounge seat to port, and our test boat had an optional icemaker beneath the starboard seat. The helm sits on the centerline, and there's a large, flat surface above it that can accommodate lots of flush-mounted electronics. There's a chart flat to starboard, and the wraparound aluminum windshield even has a power-activated vent that lets in fresh air while under way. Accommodations below decks are plush and surprisingly roomy. A double berth forward conceals additional storage, and a starboard dinette converts to a second berth. A lighted rod-storage locker above the dinette holds four rods, or eight if you're creative. The head is aft and to starboard, with the spacious galley to port.”
The holding tanks have been cleaned and sterilized and all of the drainage and waste hoses have been replaced with newer technology – the original hoses installed on Boston Whaler Defiance models were black rubber with steel reinforcing and would break down over time, allowing offensive odors to be released in the boat. New senders with upgraded technology and Fireboy tank level gauges were installed recently.
When we purchased this boat we made it clear that we wanted a boat that we could spend our time enjoying as opposed to working on. It is our intent to provide her next owner with the same enjoyment. Necessities is ready to provide many more years of pleasure whether you fish with her, dive with her, or just enjoy the boating lifestyle and all that she has to offer as a weekend retreat!