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Old 03-16-2021, 06:39 AM
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Default Where to put a gaff on 212 open

Would like to know where to put a gaff. In the under-gunnel rod holder area? Do have collapsible gaffs?
Old 03-27-2021, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by barnz333 View Post
Would like to know where to put a gaff. In the under-gunnel rod holder area? Do have collapsible gaffs?
I bought some “quick fist” holders recently. Very handy little things for paddles, gaffs, etc. I will probably mount a couple on the hardtop piping or somewhere to hold my gaff so as to not take up a valuable rod holder spot.
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Hoping to take delivery of my 242 open in the next couple weeks, then it’s off to my fabricator to have my cobia tower installed. My understanding is that the hardtop is pretty much “hollow” to save weight and for easy rigging. Wished/hoping they would use something with a honeycomb structure inside. Would like to know from others that have installed a tower/second station how they modified the hardtop to withstand the weight of a couple people standing on top all day?

Here’s a couple ideas I had but figured someone may have a better solution.

1) Place a piece of seadek on top for added support
2) Fasten a piece of “azek” type material on top for added support (seen it on a couple Sea hunts)
3) Cut the top open topside, layer in some blue board foam, glass the cutout back on, then cover with a piece of seadek.
4) drill some holes and pump in some great stuff expanding foam, cover with seadek.

Appreciate any additional ideas or pros/cons on the above.
Old 03-28-2021, 08:07 PM
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I've sent a couple of you private messages, but I also wanted to throw this out there for public discussion. I am strongly considering walking into my local Sportsman dealer and placing on order this week. I'd love to get any feedback any of you have about the brand, your boat, but ESPECIALLY about the ordering process. How long is the current wait? How much of a deposit did you have to put down? What is the payment schedule like? How does that work with financing? Any and all information and feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.
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I was told a couple weeks ago by my local dealer that Sportsman has temporarily stopped taking any new orders (customer and dealer inventory).
No info on when the moratorium will be lifted. Took action to clear backlog as it had stretched out to 18 months.
Backlog driven by high demand and supply chain issues due to COVID.

I'm looking to place an order for a 232 and honestly am happy to wait.
If people hear anything different, please post it.
I have sent an inquiry to the factory so hopefully I'll get a response soon.
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Lots of good info on the Sportsman Owners FB page, or call your dealer. Wait times vary anywhere from 4 to 18 months depending on the model and whether the dealer has an upcoming build slot or not. If the dealer doesn’t have a slot any “new” order will likely be on hold until after July when the 2022 models come out.
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Originally Posted by LongJohnSilver View Post
I was told a couple weeks ago by my local dealer that Sportsman has temporarily stopped taking any new orders (customer and dealer inventory).
No info on when the moratorium will be lifted. Took action to clear backlog as it had stretched out to 18 months.
Backlog driven by high demand and supply chain issues due to COVID.

I'm looking to place an order for a 232 and honestly am happy to wait.
If people hear anything different, please post it.
I have sent an inquiry to the factory so hopefully I'll get a response soon.
I talked to the factory yesterday and was told 11-12 months for any new build slots. They are certainly taking new orders though.
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Hello All - I'm getting ready to list a 2019 Sportsman 267. White Yamaha 350 with approximately 150 hours. Grey hull with a black bottom. Dual station with Optimus steering. Garmin electronics, full JL audio package, light bar. power pole and full boat cover. Loaded with every available option. Moving up to a bigger model. $135K.. PM for pictures and details.
Old 04-14-2021, 04:21 PM
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My 242 open is supposed to ship next week. Getting ready. Curious what other 232/242 open fisherman do for a cutting board/bait station? Was trying not to take up a rod holder. Any creative ideas, pics?
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Nope...I bought one of the magma boards that go in a rod holder...that’s my only gripe with the boat so far - they could’ve put 6 rod holders instead of just the 4 in the gunwale
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Originally Posted by tm52400 View Post
Nope...I bought one of the magma boards that go in a rod holder...that’s my only gripe with the boat so far - they could’ve put 6 rod holders instead of just the 4 in the gunwale
no doubt, I will be adding at least four more in the gunwales and a couple on the transom. Can’t ever have too many rod holders.
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yep I have a Magma that fits in the rod holder i too need to add more rod holders along the back
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Yeah I’ll be adding more as well...just wanted to use the boat a bit and get a feel for what I actually need before I go cutting holes and drilling into her! Haha! It’s really a shame that Sportsman didn’t do 3-4 rod holders on each side and a few across the transom. That would’ve been plenty and kept us from chopping up a brand new boat! Mine has 13 hours on her now as of last weekend...got caught out in some 5-7s out of the Galveston jetties. She handled it really well and if not for the wife turning green we would’ve continued the remaining 19 miles to big man reef!
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Default Sportsman 232 2018



My new to me SPORTSMAN
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Old 04-14-2021, 06:22 PM
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She’s a beauty! I’d post a pic of my 242 but the admins won’t let me until I have enough individual posts...whatever
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Sweetwater, nice 232. Share some intel. Where did u put the TM batts? Did you install the transom rodholders. Any issues? Thanks
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Picking up a 2020 Heritage 231 tomorrow or Saturday from a consignment dealer in GA. 60ish hours with a ton of the options Sportsman offers on this boat. I'm excited to say the least!
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Originally Posted by OutdoorzDude View Post
Hoping to take delivery of my 242 open in the next couple weeks, then it’s off to my fabricator to have my cobia tower installed. My understanding is that the hardtop is pretty much “hollow” to save weight and for easy rigging. Wished/hoping they would use something with a honeycomb structure inside. .
I just installed outrigger bases on my 252 Open. That part of the hardtop is definitely solid cored... not sure about the entire thing though.
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https://v-lock.com/pages/application...-fillet-tables

This looks like something that works for a bait table as well as other applications without taking up a rod holder. Now just got to see if there is a spot on the new boat I don’t mind drilling some holes.
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As to where to put a gaff, I hook mine across the brace on the t top, using a piece of insulation wrapped around the metal to protect it. Then I use straps to hold it to the side of the upright, also with padding. Pool noodles, cut open make excellent padding and will wrap around the pipe.

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