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Old 09-14-2020, 07:41 PM
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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.
on my 242 that was just ordered, I didn’t go for the porta potti option. Told the wife I’d get her a seat for a 5 gallon bucket!
Old 09-15-2020, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by RivaByrd View Post
Just ordered my 2020 Sportsman Heritage 211, Island Blue with the Yamaha 150XA, two 9'' Garmin MFD's and the Platinum package with an onboard charger.
How are you liking your 211?
Old 09-26-2020, 05:38 PM
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282 question

I never had any issues with my 232

On my 282 when I'm under way the bilge runs quite a bit. Any ideas where the water would be entering the boat from?
Old 09-27-2020, 05:21 AM
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Picked up a 242 with 60 hrs on a 300 yamaha 2018 and so far have enjoyed it! would like to add an anchor windless and maybe a 2nd screen with Simrad other than that its a great boat
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Originally Posted by Leonidas514 View Post
282 question...On my 282 when I'm under way the bilge runs quite a bit. Any ideas where the water would be entering the boat from?
Don't know anything about 282's, but does the bilge area stay completely dry when sitting still in the water for extended periods of time? If so, that would seem to rule out any hull damage, leaks around the transducer, Livewell Pickup, underwater light fittings, drain plug, or other deck/compartment drain holes in the hull that are below the waterline. Could there be a leak in the line coming from the High Speed Livewell Pickup? Have you examined the bilge area while at speed in an effort to determine where water might be coming from?
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Anyone - how are your Stainless Steel Rub Rails working out? I've always had boats with rubber. But apparently Sportsman uses SS. Thanks.
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SS rub rails are good so far i think they have a rubber seating behind them so they give a little
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by cgm387 View Post
Love my 2019 232 with 250XCA



How are you liking the digital binnacle? Any issues?
Old 10-08-2020, 06:25 AM
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Any Sportsman Open 232 owners out there that could give some measurements on a Venture trailer setup?
Old 10-08-2020, 07:20 AM
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this is my first boat with a digital binnacle, lots with cable controls. it takes some time to get use to it but I now like it. only fear is losing power and not being able to control the motor that would suck
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Originally Posted by yknot fishing View Post
....lots with cable controls. it takes some time to get use to it....
Can you please elaborate on these two points? Lots of cables? And what about it takes time getting used to? Thanks
Old 10-18-2020, 04:26 PM
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Ready to put an order in. Don’t seem to be many of these at all on the used market, so going to order to get exactly what I want. This is the “internet price.” Do I have to pay this due to special order or can I shop dealers for further discounts?



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Lots of Cable out there referring to right many for sale without digital Digital controls makes the feel is different its much easier to shift but easy to over shift and give it too much gas, after a few runs i have grown use to it and like it
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Originally Posted by OutdoorzDude View Post
Ready to put an order in. Don’t seem to be many of these at all on the used market, so going to order to get exactly what I want. This is the “internet price.” Do I have to pay this due to special order or can I shop dealers for further discounts?


If I were you, I'd contact a couple Sportsman dealers to get a price and see if there is a difference. I bought my boat from a dealer in Charleston, SC, but they had it in stock. At that time their advertised prices seemed to be better than some other dealers for the same boat.
If I were ordering your boat, I would spend the $3345 for a trolling motor with the Spot Lock Anchor, instead of the windless. Mine holds me over a spot better than an anchor.
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Originally Posted by TOO MUCH STUFF View Post
If I were you, I'd contact a couple Sportsman dealers to get a price and see if there is a difference. I bought my boat from a dealer in Charleston, SC, but they had it in stock. At that time their advertised prices seemed to be better than some other dealers for the same boat.
If I were ordering your boat, I would spend the $3345 for a trolling motor with the Spot Lock Anchor, instead of the windless. Mine holds me over a spot better than an anchor.
appreciate the comments and suggestion. I am getting the windlass and a trolling motor. Will use both for the types of fishing I do.
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Contact a dealer for a price. No doubt.
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Looking hard at a Tournament 214. Saw the option for Seastar tabs and jackplate. Anybody have any experience? Not sure if I want to stray away from Bennett and Bob's.

Anybody have one that can offer overall opinion?
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Originally Posted by GMW View Post
Looking hard at a Tournament 214. Saw the option for Seastar tabs and jackplate. Anybody have any experience? Not sure if I want to stray away from Bennett and Bob's.

Anybody have one that can offer overall opinion?
I have a 214. SeaStar jackplate. Works great. I installed my own trim tabs. They use Lectrotab. I didn’t like the little 4” tabs. I spoke to Lectrotab and they custom made 9” per my specs. They work awesome. Same warranty as Bennett and customer service is great.
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I'm looking at a 2020 Masters 207 now. I know it 's not as big as most of the people on here, but it should work really well for the family and type of fishing I do in south louisiana.
Really like that bilge access under the seat. Will make doing my own maintenance and repairs much easier.
Does anyone have anything NEGATIVE to say about Sportsman? Just wondering if there's anything I should be certain to go with or completely avoid.
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Originally Posted by F00Mustang View Post
I'm looking at a 2020 Masters 207 now. I know it 's not as big as most of the people on here, but it should work really well for the family and type of fishing I do in south louisiana.
Really like that bilge access under the seat. Will make doing my own maintenance and repairs much easier.
Does anyone have anything NEGATIVE to say about Sportsman? Just wondering if there's anything I should be certain to go with or completely avoid.
One thing I have noticed on the positive side is that they sell a bunch of them but you didn’t seem to find too many for sale used. I have been looking up and down the east coast and not many on the market. I guess that means owners are pretty happy with it.
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