180 Ventura

A great example of the famous Boston Whaler design and integrity.

This 180 Ventura is a rather rare model and hard to find.  She can be utilized both as a fine platform for inland or saltwater fishing, or as a play boat for skiing and water sports on area lakes.  She’s been well maintained mechanically by former owner and is in very good condition overall.  We ran her out to Lake Washington this week for photos underway as shown below, and to get some performance specs for her.  The 180 Ventura is very stable, very maneuverable and very fast

Comes with a nice 2002 EZ-Loader dual axle trailer with good tires and newer surge brake actuator.

Summer is here at last, time to get out of the house … !

Call David at 206.225.3360 and come take a look soon.



LOA: 18’ 6”

Beam: 8’ 0”

Draft: 1’

Weight: 2,300 lbs

Clearance: 6’ 5”

Max Load Capacity: 2,600 lbs

Passengers: 8

Fuel: Poly tank 60 gal.


Engine and Trailer:

2002 Mercury 135hp XL OPTIMAX;  2-stroke outboard with 41 hours on dash meter

Stainless Mercury Mirage Plus (15 1/2 X 17″) RH Propeller

MerCruiser throttle/shift helm controller with tilt and trim controls

Sea Star hydraulic steering controls

Custom steering wheel with tilt feature

EZ-Loader dual axle aluminum boat trailer with bunks, 2002, good condition overall

Newer surge brake actuator and the tires are in good condition 

2″ towing ball hitch

[Service and maintenance records from Seattle Boat Co. are available]


General Design Features:

Seating, anchor locker and storage lockers in bow

Aluminum windscreen with hinged center pass-through 

Two Todd helm chairs adjust and swivel, with cushions

Folding stern bench seat

Storage beneath bench seat with access to bilge

Locking dash console compartment

Dash console cooler 41 qt. capacity with overboard drain

Ski racks in cockpit

Stainless bow rail and grab rails

Self bailing cockpit 

Aerated livewell for bait

Four gunnel-mount rod holder fittings in cockpit

Two 12v. marine start and accessory batteries

Secure battery storage, selector and circuit breakers

Integrated aft swim step with telescoping boarding ladder

Navigation lights, anchor light pole, cockpit courtesy lights

Rule 500 gph aerator pump

Rule 1100 gph bilge pump


Accessories and Gear:

Ritchie helm compass

Garmin GPSmap 440S: chart plotter, sounder, fish finder, temperature

Clarion Stereo XMD2 – AM/FM/CD player with four cockpit speakers

10 lb. Danforth bow anchor and 100’ of line rode

Two Marine 550 amp 12v engine start and accessory batteries

Swivel-Eze stainless towline pylon

O’Brien 172 cm Celebrity, water skis with two tow ropes and signal flag

Four adult ski vests

Bimini frame and Sunbrella canvas cover for cockpit

Canvas cover for bow seating area

Full canvas boat cover for winter storage 

Fire extinguisher

Handheld signal flares

Lines, fenders and toss cushion

Boat and Engine operations manuals 

[Recent service and maintenance records from Seattle Boat Co. are available]


Performance: June 12th on Lake Washington

We tested all of her systems then ran her out to Lake Washington for the enclosed pictures, and to get the performance chart you see below. 

She ran very well, the engine is strong and the boat performed beautifully.  

7   kts. at 2,500 rpm

11 kts. at 3,000 rpm

22 kts. at 3,500 rpm

25 kts. at 4,000 rpm

30 kts. at 4,500 rpm

?? kts. at 5,500 rpm

[Engine manufacturer states that top rpm at ‘wide open throttle’ would be max 5,500 rpm.  We chose not to push her quite that far … but, she’s fast !]



Photos  (click to enlarge and scroll)


We are quite selective about the vessels we accept into our program and pursue a very rigorous process before they are listed for sale.  This begins with our preliminary introduction when we meet with the donor to discuss the condition and upkeep of their boat.  Once accepted, each new arrival undergoes a thorough examination, similar to what a marine surveyor will do.  This allows us to prioritize our attention to any deferred maintenance or repairs that may be needed.  

Over the years we’ve performed just about every kind of marine repair, from electrical and plumbing issues to all types of appearance enhancements and even rebuilding engines.  If something is not working right we fix it, simple as that.  We prove that her electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems are correct, safe and functioning properly.  By doing all of this, we know these boats quite well – top to bottom – and present them fairly and honestly to buyers.  

We encourage you to have our boats professionally surveyed as a part of your purchase process.  By the time we’ve finished and the boat is advertised, we are confident you’ll receive a strong report from your surveyor.  

Thank you for considering PMF boats in your search !