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Old 08-08-2008, 10:03 PM
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I am interested in purchasing a new trophy 2359 can any owners give me any feedback on this boat?
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I bought my 2359FB Pro, new in 2002. Over all it is a great boat. It will handle big water with ease, is dry and very stable and is a great combination of cruiser/sport fisherman. I average around 16 gallons an hour at 24-28 MPH with the 5.7 carbed Mercruiser. I use mine in the Atlantic off the coast of Maine and have never been concerned with getting back in when conditions deteriorated.
The cabin on the 2359 FB keeps you dry and warm, and the large slider windows provide great cooling on hot days. If you are purchasing new I suggest you go with the fuel injected engine. More power and economy.

There are a couple of downsides to the boat, but in my opinion are minimilized by the other features. Most 2359's have a slight list to Starboard when at rest. The trim tabs correct it under way and it is not an issue, but at the dock, when it rains, it causes the Starboard fish well to fill up and increases the list. Strictly cosmetic but it drove me nuts for a long time before I came to live with it. As I said above, the fish wells always fill with water because the aft scuppers are placed just a little to high for the water to run off so it tends to fill the fish wells first and then runs off the deck. The only other problems I have are that the head is not enclosed and is under the sleeping berth which means if you are over nighting with a companion and have to use the head, you both have to get up, and on my boat and a few others I have seen, there are a lot of screws that need to be tightened that should have been done at the factory. I hear that about other brands too.

Having said that, you get a lot for your money.
I priced several other boats prior to buying this one and with similar equipment were priced close to $20,000 more. I suggest you go over the Bayliner Owners Forum. There are others there who own them and I am sure will be happy to give their opinions. I have no problems recommending the boat to you.

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I've got an older 2352 (1994). I too recommend maximum fuel injected power, they are heavy. Came in from 13 miles out a few months ago and the last 5 miles was thru a terrible storm with high wind, heavy rain, and luckily the lightning wasn't on top of us. Got a compliment from a guy at the dock that followed us in. He said my boat tracked very well thru those confused seas and made his ride much easier. Oh yeah, he and his crew were soaked to the bone, I and mine still had dry clothes. I miss my CC sometimes, but not that day.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:03 PM
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Another nice feature I fogot to mention is the position of the helm. It sits farther forward than a lot of boats and offers great visibility when entering a slip, trying to judge the height of a wave as you climb over it or for spotting those submerged lobster pots when the water is choppy.

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A fishing buddy of mine has had one for about 5 years now.

He's very happy with it and I have fished with him numerous times.

Nice boat.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:49 PM
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You won't find alot of unhappy trophy owners....just a few haters out there.....
I thought about the 2359, but decided not to. Its a shame they don't put an outboard on a bracket as an option with the 2359....that would be one sweet ride.
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:43 PM
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I saw this listed at the local repo lot. Looks like it is in good condition. may save you some serious coin.

http://www.commonwealthboatbrokers.c...y.asp?vID=9393
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^^^^^^^

My buddy's is all white, but that blue repo looks great!
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:12 PM
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Thank you for all the helpful info. I wonder if they corrected the fish well problem in the 07 or 08.
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Saw my first one up close and personal this weekend. Its on a trailer at the place I keep my boat, looks like its kept in the water most of the year.
Not a bad lay out. Still not a fan of the motor cover in the back, but it looks like it could be stood on, and more room in the back than I thought. Also, the gunnel width to walk to the front is almost non-existant.
Otherwise, not a bad looking boat. I'm sure I could get my family out more in one like that ;-)
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Those are some good deals.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:16 PM
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[quote]Jamisjockey - 12/8/2008 7:45 AM

Still not a fan of the motor cover in the back, but it looks like it could be stood on, and more room in the back than I thought.



You can definately stand on it (or jump), mine is very solid and heavy. I like it back there. I use it for a chair, table, or foot rest all the time.
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Still not a fan of the motor cover in the back, but it looks like it could be stood on, and more room in the back than I thought.
I owned a 2352 - The motor cover becomes a non issue - and actually mine a had a removable full port to startboard seat that went over the cover - my wife loved it for sitting out in the sun -

Mine was a 2000 and I loved the boat - to fix the slight list I added a battery and ran a three battery system.

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Old 12-08-2008, 10:33 PM
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Trophy owner here. Nice boat and not much to add except to piggy back on what others have alreadt stated, If you buy new be sure to price at with the full power options, and also get the best/biggest trailer option you can. Trophy is notorious for selling undertrailered and underpowered. Dittos on the fishwells not draining well and taking small anouints of water when it rains. Not sure about the newer models, they may have fixed the fishwells. Never had a scupper issue, my guess is that it is model specific. Otherwise awesome boats.

I gotta say with Brunswick closing down shop I would really question the idea of buying new if it is warranty on the hull your after. Trophy's best deals have always been on the slightly used boats, there have been some EPIC deals on 1-3 year old boats.
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:08 AM
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unless you are the type to buy all things brand new, seriously consider buying any boat used.
like Mhlo said above, there are some very good deals on next to new boats in today's economy.

imo: almost all trailer size boats are better with outboards than I/O's

good luck, it's always a good time when you're looking to buy a boat
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hi my name is rick i bought a 2359 bayliner trophy last week 40 hrs total time was used only in lake tahoe i got to fish it one time their.lots of equipment list to long.love boat but lost part of my income so boat has to go.selling for 38000 less than i paid call rick 805 460 0323 calif
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hi my name is rick i bought a 2359 bayliner trophy last week 40 hrs total time was used only in lake tahoe i got to fish it one time their.lots of equipment list to long.love boat but lost part of my income so boat has to go.selling for 38000 less than i paid call rick 805 460 0323 calif
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Unless I have forgotten the models, I believe the 2359, or at least the newer version of it is a totally different hull and boat than the 2352. 2359 has a long hardtop, with bulkhead and door, with a dinette inside, shore power, massive hardtop and is available I/O only. 2352 is a raw fishing boat available either i/o or outboard for most years. You definitely need max power available on this one.
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Awesome boat. Where will you be using the boat??
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:28 PM
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I also am a proud Trophy owner. I don't have the 2359, but I have looked at it numerous times. I own the 2052. As with all Trophies you get a lot of boat for the dollar. The 09 models have fixed the fishwell problem, they have put a gasket around the edge to prevent water getting in to the well. I don't know how well it works as mine is an 06. Other than some early rigging issues the boat has been problem free for the past 3 years. I'm looking to move up to the 2352 if money will permit it. A lot of people will bash Tropies on this site, but not the owners. That repo boat looks very nice. The 2352 is only avalible in I/O power now. The O/B version is the 2302.
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