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Old 02-20-2012, 10:47 PM
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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.
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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.

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Sportsman Boats Mfg - HOME PAGE:
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News Articles about their start-up:
http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2...ders-are-back/
http://www.boatingindustry.com/news/...ortsman-boats/
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Looks nice:

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It does look nice. I wonder what the 24 bay will look like!!
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I love that access hatch idea...should have been thought of a long time ago. Seems like working in the bilge would be so much easier.

It kinda has a Sea Hunt Ultra series idea which should really appeal to people for a family boat.
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I see the anchor in the forward hatch, but if you look closely it looks like theres another anchor in that access hatch.
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It looks to be well laid out An the passenger up front can we get her in the Sand Bar ?
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A little something about the owners...

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Looks like a Kencraft ! ????
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How are you supposed to fish over a built in bench seat in the back?
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How are you supposed to fish over a built in bench seat in the back?
They lean over i guess. Same layout as the SeaHunt ultra and they sell the crap out of that boat.
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They are built here in Charleston/Summervile. I saw them testing a boat with no liner in the Ashley River a few months ago. That is all I know.

If I had to guess, the owners are former employees of Key West and Scout.
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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.
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Lit Up is right, that rear seat has to be a pain in the a$$. Some it wont bother and others it will. And then youll want a bigger boat anyway
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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.
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former key west and sea pro guys. so i here.
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former key west and sea pro guys. so i here.
Wonder if they bought the old Sea Pro molds.
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Wonder if they bought the old Sea Pro molds.
Trophy bought some of them.
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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.
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