As I stepped aboard and nosed around, I realized that the Pioneer 222 Sportfish is a serious fishing machine of uncompromising quality. The fiberglass work is pristine. Joints fit tightly. The undersides of hatches sport gelcoat. The bilge and console interiors feature full liners. Its all-composite, hand-laid fiberglass construction with foam-injected flotation impressed me just as much.
Ideal for blue water, bays or even big lakes, this 22-footer won’t drain your wallet. Propelled by Suzuki’s DF300AP, the Pioneer 222 attained 4.25 mpg at about 31 mph. Our test boat hit a top speed of nearly 53 mph, leaving little doubt that this boat can get to the fish quickly.
Four rod holders adorn the backrest of the leaning-post-style helm seat, and the seat base houses a 32-gallon livewell. Pioneer offers a T-top with a hardtop, an electronics box, seven rod holders and twin spreader lights. You’ll find room on the console to flush-mount a 15.5-inch multifunction display. Forward of the console, the removable cooler with cushion increases seating capacity. Inside the console is a standard portable marine toilet.