NauticStar pitches the 231 Angler as a craft that will change the way you boat. It certainly offers features to satisfy a variety of masters. Anglers will appreciate the generous 3-foot-6-inch-deep bow casting deck, covered in nonskid. Step into the bow cockpit, remove the seat cushions, and you’ve got a secondary casting deck. Three separate insulated coolers/fish boxes are found below. A 20-gallon livewell is housed below the seat in front of the 231 Angler’s center-console. A friction hinge guarantees the lid won’t slap down on unsuspecting fingers. Another 27-gallon livewell is found below the aft bench. Flip the latter’s seat backs down and you’ve got yet another 6-foot-8-inch by 3-foot-2-inch casting platform. Rod storage is found under each gunwale. A pair of rod holders for trolling are standard aft.
Family time? Those same wraparound forward bow seats invite passengers to stretch out in comfort. Add optional backrests to make forward-facing lounges. That perch atop the forward livewell is comfortably padded, as are the three seats that make up the aft bench. A removable 94-quart Igloo cooler is tucked below the leaning post. Add some ice and those livewells also do double duty. Keep everyone happy with the standard Bimini, Bluetooth-equipped Infinity stereo, and a roomy head compartment below the console. Its lockable door also makes it a great spot for safe storage of your gear.
The 231 Angler is built on NauticStar’s STAR Performance System hull, featuring shallow-water draft for beaching and fishing in skinny waters, air-assist chines and aft planing pods for improved acceleration, and a deep forward V to deliver a smooth ride. With a Yamaha F200 outboard, the boat planed in 3.3 seconds and reached 30 mph in a quick 5.8. Top speed was a satisfying 48 mph. That’s more than enough performance to handle that third master — kids wanting to tube, ski and board.
*Fish-friendly amenities include multiple casting decks, two livewells, insulated fish boxes and rod storage.
*Family features include expansive seating, standard Bimini, Bluetooth stereo and roomy console head compartment.
*STAR Performance System hull delivers shallow draft, air-assist chines and planing pods to enhance acceleration, and a deep forward V for a smooth ride.
*With a Yamaha F200 outboard, the boat planed in 3.3 seconds and reached 30 mph in a quick 5.8, all of which ensures thrilling ski, wakeboard and tubing adventures for your crew.
*Top speed is a satisfying 48 mph with a 200 hp Yamaha outboard.
How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F200 XB
Prop: Reliance 14¼” x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 20 gal.
Crew Weight: 350 lb.
$55,794 (with test power)
NauticStar Amory, Mississippi; 662-256-5636; nauticstarboats.com