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Boat Reviews By Owners

1995 -- 23' 6" BAYLINER

Model: Trophy 2302

Cockpit: The cockpit on the older 2302's is larger than the new 2302. Plenty of room, we've had 13 adults on board. All this room makes for a great fishing boat. Lots of room for crab and shrimp pots. We even do some extended trips of up to 5 days.

Cabin: We use the cabin for sleeping and storage. The single berth that extends under the port side cockpit seems to get a lot of condensation towards the back.

Construction: Construction is good. There have been no stress cracks or blisters found.

Handling: I fish year round in Puget Sound, and Washington Costal (out to 30mi, I've encountered seas in the 10-14ft. and the boat handled well. I would not suggest this for others, I've boated since 12 and served as a quartermaster in the navy.

Engine Room: I have the twin 120hp Force engines. I've heard all the jokes. One of my inlaws works for merc. My engines are 1996 models. The only part that is original Force is the power head. The Mercury engines use 7 alloys for corrosion protection, the Force uses 3 like most other Mfr. I switched to S/S props because the aluminum ones kept getting cracks from small debris. I haven't had to do any engine work to date, I do mix my oil and gas a little rich.

General Comments: I researched a lot of boats and was prepaired to pay much more. When I evaluated them all side by side for my needs I couldn't find a better boat.

Email Address: davescandiffio@msn.com


Date Submitted: 2006-01-30

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