With a fairly compact motorwell, the 222’s transom design maximizes cockpit space astern for fishing, yet retains a full bulkhead to keep following seas at bay. A recessed stainless-steel bow rail and two forward pull-up bow cleats that stow flush minimize snag points.
The Pioneer 222 Sportfish’s hull, sporting 20 degrees of transom deadrise, knifed cleanly through two- to three-foot head seas, and we took nary a drop of spray. It responded smartly to the Teleflex SeaStar hydraulic steering and Suzuki digital throttle-and-shift controls. I found the boat very sensitive to trim-tab adjustment — you don’t need much tab to influence the attitude or balance.
If you’re an angler at heart and looking for a top-quality center-console boat that you can easily trailer, add the Pioneer 222 Sportfish to your short list. It might not be a name you quickly recognize, but after stepping aboard, it’ll be one you won’t quickly forget.
Comparable model: Scout 225 XSF