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So I saw this new Sportsman center console at the richmond boat show.... Never heard of them. The sales guy said they only have one model out right now. Couldnt find a web site for the company. Any body have any dirt on it? I climbed all over it and looked in alot of compartments. Fit and finish was decent and the rigging was nice. I would rank it around a pro line quality. I dont think they were paying the guy enough to put in the rub rail screws, half of them are installed crooked.
__________________ 2006 SH Triton 260
VA Boater's Safety Course Instructor
Rollin - This is Greg from Family Boating Center in Tampa. We signed up 3 weeks ago to be a Sportsman dealer. I was very impressed by the build quality and fit and finish for the price. Sportsman is owned and opperated by 2 very well known industry veterans. We ordered 6 of their boats: 3 of the 229cc and 3 of the 227 Bay models. They will offer 3 cc models called the Heritage Series: 209, 229, 249. They will also build 3 bay models called the Masters Series: 207, 227, 247. Our dealership offers top-quality products and we felt this line fell into that category, but at an incredible value price-point.
__________________ -Greg- FBC in Tampa, FL - New & Used Boats 2 Locations: Tampa Airport & South Tampa Waterfront Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder, Sportsman,
Ranger, Crest Pontoons, MERCURY & YAMAHA engines
I like the 22' bay boat layout, especially the rear fold-flat seat. After having them (fold flat seats) in my Everglades, I think they should be in every bay boat. It's the perfect compromise-seating when you want to cruise and platform when you want to fish.
If their going call it a sportsman, why set it up for a family boat with the seating in the back.The 229, At 22.6 and 2750 lbs. it doesn't seem like alot of glass in her. 18 deg. transom dead rise. Might be a rough ride in some slop. Looks like a Scout.
Sportsman was at the Columbia S.C. boat show a few weeks ago. They only had the one 25' cc there and it did look nice. We were given the tour around the deck and for a mid tier line, they nailed it. If our memory is correct, they are manufactured in S.C.