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Old 09-03-2020, 10:43 AM
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How’s everyone doing? I currently have a Sportsman 227 and looking to get into a 242 Open.

I’ve looked at the 232 in person but have not seen the 242. Dealer is telling me that right now they have to be ordered straight from the factory.

Is it worth the extra change to gain 1 foot to go from the 232 to the 242?

How’s the ride quality in GOM 2 footers in 232/242?

Does anyone have one in the Tampa area I could take a look at?

I run Tampa Bay inshore/offshore.

Thanks in advance!


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Originally Posted by Tampa Bay Fisher View Post
How’s everyone doing? I currently have a Sportsman 227 and looking to get into a 242 Open.

I’ve looked at the 232 in person but have not seen the 242. Dealer is telling me that right now they have to be ordered straight from the factory.

Is it worth the extra change to gain 1 foot to go from the 232 to the 242?

How’s the ride quality in GOM 2 footers in 232/242?

Does anyone have one in the Tampa area I could take a look at?

I run Tampa Bay inshore/offshore.

Thanks in advance!
The Sarasota dealer shows one in stock:

https://www.ericksonmarinecorp.com/b...nalLength|desc

When I looked at them in person, optioned similarly, the price difference wasn’t that large, but I like that the 242 comes with a 300.

Also the same dealer had the Robalo 242 literally side by side with the Sportsman (I could walk from boat to boat on top). They’re almost identical boats and prices so worth comparing.
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did you end up buying?
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I went from a 227 to the 232 back in 2017. The 232 was a solid boat. Used to take it 75 miles offshore.

The 227 was a great boat too, but not great in snot offshore, as i took a wave over the bow on two occasions.

Prices have got insane last 3 years!!!

The 232 runs pretty good in the gulf, just need to use some tabs due to the boat being light. It's a very dry boat though.

No complaints for me, just was wanting to go further offshore, so needed twins.

Good luck
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Originally Posted by DEBTICATED View Post
I went from a 227 to the 232 back in 2017. The 232 was a solid boat. Used to take it 75 miles offshore.

The 227 was a great boat too, but not great in snot offshore, as i took a wave over the bow on two occasions.

Prices have got insane last 3 years!!!

The 232 runs pretty good in the gulf, just need to use some tabs due to the boat being light. It's a very dry boat though.

No complaints for me, just was wanting to go further offshore, so needed twins.

Good luck
Thanks for the help!
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Originally Posted by Tampa Bay Fisher View Post
Thanks for the help!
Not sure why Family boating center doesn't sell them anymore, or what happened.

Chris Erickson is great to deal with at Erickson marine. Bought my 227 from him.

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Originally Posted by Tampa Bay Fisher View Post
69Mach390

did you end up buying?
Fair question! I ended up ordering a Scout 235 XSF, should be here in October.

FWIW, I looked at everything I could find in that size and if my budget was a little tighter, the Sportsman 242 was my favorite at that price point. Another issue (not for most people) is low bridge clearance where I live. The Scout was 6” shorter with the hard top which means I’ll never get stuck full due to high tide.

The Sportsman was more comfortable than the Robalo and Sea Hunt and I like the layout better. If I planned on putting 10 people in the boat, it would be the Sea Hunt 239 ultra. But I don’t and none fit under my bridge at high tide anyways.

The runner up for me was the Edgewater 230. Nice boat, but smaller than the scout, more expensive, and didn’t have a nice seating.

You really wouldn’t be disappointed with any of those boats, just the little things that are personal preference. My wife loves the huge lounge seat on the Scout.

Good luck!



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