2024 Finseeker 245 WA

The 245 WA is a versatile fishing machine.

Walkaround boats are like ­compact sport-fishers with a sleeping berth, head and abbreviated galley. Put another way, they’re like a tricked-out camper van compared to a 40-foot Winnebago. You’ll save fuel and storage space, and get easier handling and more versatility from this boat with its cozy cabin belowdecks and expansive cockpit topside.

Finseeker 245 WA out cruising
The 245 WA serves up a silky-smooth ride. Courtesy Finseeker Boats

Right away, we looked at the ­protected cabin and secure cockpit as ideal for the Great Lakes or the big coastal bays of the North and East. Its ­trailerable ­8-foot-6-inch beam means you can jump easily from Lake Ontario to the Chesapeake Bay or Cape Fear anytime you want. And like a Winnebago, you’ll take your weekend accommodations with you. 

Finseeker 245 WA helm
All the engine data is displayed on two Garmin units. Courtesy Finseeker Boats

The cabin is surprisingly spacious, with a wide entryway and more than 6 feet of headroom. A portable head is tucked under a cushion-covered hatch on the starboard side, and a microwave and sink live on the port side. An overhead hatch allows you to sleep with a cool sea breeze. 

Finseeker 245 WA walk around
The walkaround space lets crew walk around the gunwales. Courtesy Finseeker Boats

Topside, the walkaround space lets crew walk around the gunwales to the bow to toss or catch dock lines and manage anchoring duties. A rail on the hardtop and a rail around the bow add security. There’s a padded seat at the forepeak, and the safety rail secures first-class seating.

The fishing cockpit boasted foldaway seats on both gunwales and the transom, providing six seats when deployed and an expansive fish-fighting arena when stowed. 

Finseeker 245 WA port seating
The fishing cockpit is equipped with foldaway seats on both gunwales. Courtesy Finseeker Boats

A Mercury 300 powered our test boat, and we loved the throttle response. The 300 is plenty to hold the bow up for ploughing through heavier seas if they unexpectedly interrupt your day of fishing. Mercury’s throttles are silky-smooth for ultimate control, and all the engine data is displayed on two Garmin units that give the helm its glass-cockpit appeal. A large swim platform adds to the fish-fighting deck space.

The 245 WA provides sleeping ­quarters, fishing accommodations and watersports fun all in one package.

Finseeker 245 WA cockpit
There’s and an expansive fish-fighting arena when seats are stowed. Courtesy Finseeker Boats

High Points

  • Sturdy stanchions support the extra-thick hardtop.
  • The 26-gallon livewell is deep to keep bait healthy in rough water.
  • Aft cockpit has foldaway transom seat for extra comfort.
Finseeker 245 WA performance data
Finseeker 245 WA Certified Test Results Boating Magazine

How We Tested

  • Engine: Mercury FourStroke 300
  • Drive/Prop: Outboard/Enertia 18P
  • Gear Ratio: 1.75:1 Fuel Load: 35 gal. Water on Board: 0 gal. Crew Weight: 450 lb.

Pricing and Specs

Price:$159,995 (with base engine)
LOA w/Engines:25’6″
Draft:3’0″ (motor down); 1’6″ (motor up)
Dry Weight (max):5,700 lb.
Seat/Weight Capacity:8/1,160 lb.
Fuel Capacity:105 gal.

Finseeker Boats – West Frankfort, Illinois; crownline.com/boats/finseeker/