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Old 02-17-2020, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by beertherty View Post

Just picked up this 2013 211 for a steal. Rack stored it's entire life. 290 hours. Only got to run it once this fall before winterizing. Can't wait for spring!
do you mind saying what you paid? I'm thinking about selling my 14 211.
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I figured I would try to bump this thread with a one year review of my Sportsman bay boat.

The boat is a 2019 Sportsman Masters 247 with a Yamaha 300xca mounted on a hydraulic jack plate with approximately 110 hour on the motor. The boat is rigged with a half tower which contains a 9" Garmin, and two 12" Garmin's at the helm. I have a 112Lb Minn Kota Ulterra and two 10' Power Pole Blades installed. The boat gets used weekly to bi monthly for mainly inshore fishing, cruising, and some offshore duty when the gulf cooperates. It holds approximately 71 gallons of fuel which I personally believe is on the low end when compared to bay boats of other brands; however, I have only once came close to burning all 71 gallons in one trip. The sweet spot is approximately 28 mph at 3,000 rpm with a fuel burn of 3.2 mpg. The half tower adds alot of extra weight, and it is not a fast boat. Top speed that I have seen was 62mph with 10 gallons of fuel and nothing but safety gear, fully loaded I can maybe squeak 52mph at WOT.

There are tons of things that I do like about the boat, and too many to list. A few include the large forward deck that easily fishes three anglers. The large bilge access under the rear bench seat is very accessible a holds two buckets for nets. There is no shortage of storage space throughout the boat. The cushion set that my better half had to have is actually really nice and easily snaps in at out. Yes I trailer withe them snapped to the front deck but never get over 60mph to our local ramps. There are 16 rocket launchers and four in gunwale rod holder, which is good for my problem of bringing too many rods. As stated there are too many good things to say about the boat, we have really enjoyed the it so far and plan to keep it for the next 10-15 years.

There are some minor items that I have had to replace or have addressed with the dealer and/or Sportsman. However, the attentiveness from the dealer and Sportsman has been superb. The port LED bow light has gone out twice; both times replaced with out question, hopefully this one is the ticket. Coming back in from a snapper trip on a particularly rough day, I noticed that the "S" in Sportsman decal had literally broke in half and was no where to be found. Sportsman shipped me a new letter within three days and it was no problem to replace. The gas hinges on the rod lockers are particularly strong, so much so that it caused the mounting plate to pull free from the lid. The screws they used here were not the greatest but this was addressed by the dealer and re attached with some 5200. The latches used seem to function flawlessly but the locks in the them are absolute garbage and really are not much of a deterrent. The starboard rod locker lock within the latch is mucked up. I was going to have it replaced at the 100hr service but it was right at the start of the Corona pandemic and Sportsman was temporarily shut down. It still needs to be replaced whenever I can get the boat to the dealer. The sealer/caulk/5200 (not sure) used where pipe work meets the underside of the t-top cracked on both side and had to be re applied by the dealer. There are two spots n the floor that appears that the non skid has worn off or flattened into a slick surface, I am not sure what has caused this and have not checked on it. I lost connection to one of the Power Poles, turns out it was a faulty motherboard. I was promptly sent a new one and replaced it myself. Lastly, a few weeks ago I found the infamous "bolt" rolling around in the floor. It is a finished bolt so I know it came from around the helm area. I cannot find where it goes, and offer people $20 if they can find its home! lol

The boat has some things that I just personally don't like or find annoying. No boat is perfect, even mine, but it is not enough to stop me from enjoying it. First, the anchor light is mounted on top of the back rest in the tower and is foldable so you don't whack it off trailering. This is a good idea in theory but it absolutely SUCKS climbing up and down just to flip the anchor light up. Secondly is the access to the half tower, there is no ladder or clear path. you have to step on the starboard side cup holder and worm your way up. Coming down is the same way, and it is only a matter of time before someone accidentally or drunkenly steps on one of my toggle switches. I ordered the "tackle station" for the leaning post. It is nice place to store leader, pliers, etch and can hold four smaller Plano boxes but I don't think it was worth the extra money. The console is nice and wide to accommodate the half tower but can be tricky trying to pass someone around the side of it. The livewells are great and I use them all the time, but only the starboard one has an aerator/bubbler in it; they could have at least put one in the port livewell. The forward fish box/ storage is plenty room for reef fish but is square. I wish it was more rectangle to accommodate Kings or Wahoo. The electronic power steering is a very nice feature but twice I have had it "lose connection." When this happens I still have total control of the steering, so I am not sure exactly what it means other than an alarm going off. Unfortunately I see this being an expensive fix one day.

In summary my wife and I love the boat and plan to stick in it for a long time. Overall we are satisfied with our purchase and would do it all over again. The Sportsman customer service has been flawless and have had no issues working with them.





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What color of blue is your hull?
Old 07-21-2020, 12:34 AM
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All I can say is, I LOVE this boat....

Late May trip of Block Island (Wind Turbines in background)...
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looking for either a 25 or 23 hard to find used ones today hope that improves this fall
Old 07-26-2020, 02:02 PM
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I have a 2019 247 Masters and love it. However today I discovered something very concerning. While racing in from some storms I got pinned up between 2 very large sport fishers and took a decent wave over the side. We got about 3" of water in the cockpit. We slowed down but still stayed on plane so the cockpit would drain. But it wasn't draining, at least not that fast like you would expect. I finally had to stop and break out the hand pump to get it under control. I had noticed they were slow when washing the boat out on the water, but always thought it was due to sitting still. When I Got home I checked to make sure they weren't clogged and they were not. The only conclusion I can come up with is that there is not enough drainage in the cover. They look cool but that's not safe. Has anyone else had this issue? Has anyone replaced their covers? If so could you tell me where you got them?
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Just got my 2021 242 Open on order for December 9 delivery! Can’t wait!
Yamaha F300XCA and several other options. I’ll post a pic of the buyer’s order in a bit. Anything I should be on the lookout for? Issues/advice? Thanks in advance!
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I’ll add mine. 2020 242. Love it!!!!
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Good looking rig! I went with the island blue and gray upholstery.
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Originally Posted by tm52400 View Post
Good looking rig! I went with the island blue and gray upholstery.
Awesome! Everything you think it will be......It will be even more. Lol. I’m sure that want add to your excitement!!!!
Old 09-13-2020, 02:11 AM
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Congrats! Beautiful boat, enjoy. Please join the Sportsman Boat Owners group on facebook, its a bit more active then this group
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Originally Posted by daughtrylc View Post

I’ll add mine. 2020 242. Love it!!!!
A beautiful boat. Can't wait until I have a pic to share in this thread.
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Anyone had any issues with the tan vinyl fading? I've got a 2020 282 and the tan is about 10 shades lighter than the cushions for the front area. I keep the boat exclusively at an indoor marina so fading would be a surprise. It almost seems like the material just changed colors. Otherwise GREAT boat so far. I never noticed because I use the boat exclusively for fishing so I never needed the now fillers or cushions. I put them on the other day and man, they are off.
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Anyone had any issues with the tan vinyl fading? I've got a 2020 282 and the tan is about 10 shades lighter than the cushions for the front area....
Wow. Sorry to hear that. That is exactly why I'm going with the White cushions. But then again I'm going to keep it in an outdoor drystack. I plan to have the cushions stowed inside the console, but the cockpit bolsters will see the sun every day. The marketing Sportsman does on the Sileather makes it sound like a miracle material. But I guess like they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't.
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Apparently the material changed on the 2021s. I haven't spoken to Sportsman, on my next outing I need to snap a few pics and send them to Sportsman.
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So the Sileather is new to 2021? What did they call the material used on the 2020?
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So the Sileather is new to 2021? What did they call the material used on the 2020?
no clue but I had a 2019 232 before that had the same material as my 282. Maybe a dealer can speak up?
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Originally Posted by Leonidas514 View Post
no clue but I had a 2019 232 before ...
My 212 is supposed to come with a head that can be used inside the console. Looks more like a tiny box with a lid. Did you find that usable on your 232? I'm planning to keep the thing in my attic until I resell the boat.
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Originally Posted by h_bar View Post
My 212 is supposed to come with a head that can be used inside the console. Looks more like a tiny box with a lid. Did you find that usable on your 232? I'm planning to keep the thing in my attic until I resell the boat.
I tossed the one that came with my 232. Even the one on the 282 is a stretch in my opinion. Im 5'8 and have a very hard time using the head in it. I wish it didn't have the toilet option on the 282 but it seems to be somewhat permanent. On the 232 I cannot imagine trying to squeeze one out, even more so on the 212. Lol. I swear the head height is 4 ft. I ended buying the toilet lid that fits a 5 gallon bucket (for the wife) on the 232.
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Originally Posted by Leonidas514 View Post
... Im 5'8 and have a very hard time using the head in it. ....
I'm 6'4" and would never fit in there. I was considering maybe keeping it in there for some smallish female passengers, but even for them it doesn't look very user friendly. Sounds like you agree. Thanks!

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