TROPHY 2302 WALKAROUND
Draft (max.) 3'0"
Displacement (lbs., approx.; w/o engine) 3,990
Transom deadrise 20°
Max. cabin headroom 5'0"
Fuel capacity (gal.) 125
Price (w/225-hp Mercury OptiMax) $49,686
Nicely finished, and its deep-green topsides, oversized windshield, and color-coordinated canvas look sharp. The cabin is unitized so options (such as a sink and stove, $614; freshwater system, $300; and portable head with pumpout, $286) can be added as needed. However, plastic latches on the aft seat need beefing up -- one on our test boat broke. Wide sidedecks make anchoring easy. There's an optional extended hardtop ($3,464) for all-weather boating, too.
Expect to get 3 mpg at cruising speed from the OptiMax two-stroke power- plant. The 40-mph-plus top end is noteworthy, and with engine options to 300 hp, there's plenty of room for more speed -- it could probably break the 50-mph mark. Punchy two-stroke acceleration and a quick hop onto plane mean this rig works well for waterskiing and tow toys, too. However, in a short chop the ride was a bit bumpy at high speeds.
Foam-filled glass stringers are bonded to the solid glass hull. The poly fuel tank is integrated into the stringer system, as are the aluminum mounting plates for the hardtop's pipework. The bowrails are oversized and hit passengers at thigh level for security, though flexing is noticeable. The nonslip is grippy yet easy to clean, unlike many common diamond patterns.
HIGHS & LOWS
HIGHS Performance is zippy. Even with the base power, this boat breaks 40 mph, leaving much of the competition in its wake. Rich with fishing features. Colored hullsides and coordinated canvas look great.
LOWS Cost quickly rises over $50K as you add options. Lots of plastic parts and a flexing rail foretell potential wear. In a tight chop its ride is a bit bumpy.