“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.
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.