FISH­ING MA­CHINES

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“We feel what drives the sales of this boat is that it’s one of the best lay­outs and most eco­nom­i­cal-to-op­er­ate hulls on the mar­ket — in a 20-foot pack­age,” says Henry Sikes, sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Pi­o­neer. Sikes points out that the 33-gal­lon livewell and lean­ing­post setup moves the weight for­ward. Cou­pled with a vari­able-de­gree dead­rise hull, that gives the 202 a bet­ter at­tack an­gle when cut­ting through waves.

“That pro­vides a smoother ride, and the boat also can carry enough live bait to get you through a day of fish­ing. With a draft of only 13 inches, the hull is very ver­sa­tile,” he says.

The 202 SportFish with a Suzuki DF150 and a fac­tory T-top re­tails in the mid- to up­per 40-thou­sands. “The buyer most at­tracted to this pack­age is look­ing for a very ca­pa­ble off­shore boat that can be used in­shore and a pack­age that can be eas­ily towed with smaller ve­hi­cles,” Sikes says.

Pi­o­neer leaves the pric­ing struc­ture in­tact year-round as op­posed to rolling out the bar­gains for boat shows or other high-vol­ume sales pe­ri­ods.

* (w/ Suzuki DF150, T-top)

SPECS: LOA: 19 ft. 10 in. • Beam: 8 ft. 2 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 18 deg. • Draft: 1 ft. 1 in.

Dry Weight: 1,900 lb. (w/o en­gine) • Max Power: 175 hp • Pack­age Price: $44,650*

The Pi­o­neer 202 SportFish draws just 13 inches of wa­ter yet fea­tures enough free­board for se­cu­rity off­shore.

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