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Old 04-16-2021, 05:03 PM
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Weve really enjoyed our 232 that we picked up in December. Weve got 80 hours on her so far.

I cant say enough good things about my experience with Sportsman. Hope to end up with a 302 down the road
Old 05-14-2021, 02:44 PM
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taking delivery tomorrow, 242 open. Then it’s time to starting rigging her for fishing. Would like to see how others have modified their similar models. Trolling motors, extra rod holders etc. Nice to pick up some good ideas from others and not have to experiment too much.

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Old 05-14-2021, 02:49 PM
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Thats a good looking rig! 232?
Ive got a 242 that I took delivery of in December 2020...she has almost 20 hours on her now. Im looking to add some rod holders to the stern, plus one more rod holder on each side at the very back. I think Im going to forego the trolling motor for the time being, but Ill definitely be adding the second Garmin display in the next few weeks. I have nothing but great things to say about Sportsman though...
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Originally Posted by tm52400 View Post
That’s a good looking rig! 232?
I’ve got a 242 that I took delivery of in December 2020...she has almost 20 hours on her now. I’m looking to add some rod holders to the stern, plus one more rod holder on each side at the very back. I think I’m going to forego the trolling motor for the time being, but I’ll definitely be adding the second Garmin display in the next few weeks. I have nothing but great things to say about Sportsman though...
242 open here also. I want to add rod holders to the stern and aft corners as well but salesman pointed out that there is no access to rig drainage in the corners. I am thinking I should have ordered more to be installed at the factory. There are the cup holders that I reckon could be swapped out with the cup/rod holder combos but I wonder if those would handle a planer rod? Maybe can access new rod holders from the cup holders and connect the drains? Need more on the bow as well. I thought the point of a center console was to be able to fish all around? I hate those rod holders with the caps on them when the water splashes out when you put a rod butt in.

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Oh I get it! If you look at one of my earlier posts on this thread, that was my main gripe about it - not enough rod holders! Id love to have 2-4 more in the stern and 2-4 total up front, but they dont do that...for whatever reason
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When did you order the 242? Im waiting on an Open 302 that I ordered in September and after several delays theyre now telling me middle of June.
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I ordered my 242 9/8/2020...it arrived on 12/4/2020. I think I just missed the drama with all the supplier delays
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Youre probably right because I actually ordered the Open 282 in July and the boat came in in October but prior to that I made a deal with the dealer on the 302 because I just had to have it and canceled the 282.
Old 05-14-2021, 03:23 PM
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Hey, theyre all really nice...242, 252, 282, 302, whatever! Its just about what exactly you need it for, plus what you want...for me, I dont really need more than what the 242 brings to the table right now, but I may upgrade in a couple years to the 282...
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Originally Posted by Sportsman302 View Post
When did you order the 242? Im waiting on an Open 302 that I ordered in September and after several delays theyre now telling me middle of June.
ordered mine in Nov, its two months later than forecast.
Old 05-16-2021, 04:35 AM
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I think I have a plan. Looking to use the Gemlux bluewater screwless rodholders and cup/rod holder combos.


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Finally, took delivery this past weekend and got to break it in crossing the infamous Oregon Inlet bar. Literally, we deviated from the channel and went for it through a small window between 3-4 ft breakers. Handle the NE seas really well. Got to open her up inland and hit 6000 rpms and 50 mph. The power steering and digital controls are awesome. Overall, very pleased with my selection thus far. A couple things still need to be corrected. No TM harness plug as ordered and a crooked transom door. That was about it for factory goofs as far as I can tell. I wasn’t real impressed with the 8 speaker JL audio system. Almost like the amp isn’t powered up or something. Real flat with very little bass. Maybe just need to get it dialed in? Would have liked to see the undersides of the forward fish boxes and the underside of the gunnels painted as I think it would be easier to keep them mildew free and clean. Did notice a few details like nylon washers between SS and aluminum which was nice to see. Wiring looked nice and tight as well. Came up with a revised rodholder plan after taking some measurements and gauging access. Anyone have success changing out the cup holders for the cup/rod holder combos? If so, which brand? I am looking at gemlux and mate and not sure which ones will size up best with the holes already there. Found a few other mods that I think will work as well.





I was under the impression that these were going to be plumbed? Everyone else’s just drain into the bilge?

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Old 05-18-2021, 05:39 PM
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I’m the 2018 232 with I pilot I bought rigged out with I Pilot were the batteries are in console with purpose built box in place of port o potty. Previous owner tricked it out with 7 extra flush mount rod holders. 3 across stern 2 in each rear corner and 2 in bow. Also have jack plate thru hull transducer and transom mount transducer. I’ll try to get more photos of rod holder location and TM batteries location.
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I just pulled the trigger on the gemlux coastal (length was a factor) and bluewater rodholders. Also went with the mate series cup/rod holder combos as they have a good retrofit system for the 3 3/4” cup holder cut outs. Good video on their website. Will post some pics of install once everything arrives and we get started.
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Yeah Ive been really pleased with how the 242 handles big water. Couple weeks back had 5 of us on the boat and we were looking to run 25 miles offshore out of Galveston, based on a good weather forecast. Got to the inlet and it was 5-7s at 3-4 sec intervals! Tolerated that for roughly a mile before the wife had enough...turned around and headed back in, but it was nice to see that she took the big water just fine...if it had just been me and some buddies, we probably wouldve made the trek to the reef!
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Rod Holders 30 degree , 15 degree and 0 degree Stainless - New

I installed these on my 242 and a previous boat. Great quality
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I am taking delivery of a 242 I ordered in November in a few days/week, apparently they are having supply issues with foam and canvas for covers/ sunshades. I am having a bow mount TM 87" rigged by riverside and I added rod holders in similar fashion to your first pic. With the bow shade they add two holders in the front. I will add pics when completed. It is encouraging to hear how the boat handled in the slop. I will only be in the chesapeake bay but with kids it is nice to not get bounced around.
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New to me 2020 231.
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Im looking to move up from my Masters 227 to a 247. Anyone know one for sale?
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I ended up having to alter the plan again on the fly. Put the 15 cup/rod holders in the bow. Should be able to troll from them (half inch thick coosa up there) and will come in handy when fishing the bow. The current cup holder holes were just slightly smaller than the 3 3/4 the retro backing plate requires. So had to mark some notches and scoured with a 1/4 drill bit for a nice tight fit.

Had to swap the 15 and 30 Positions in the gunwhales as the 15s in the forward position will not clear the rod rack below without modifications. I added the backing plates and through bolts to these as the fiberglass is pretty thin here (no coosa). Left the aft cup holders as is for now as I think I have what I need with the new additions.

The 30 screwless holders aft worked out great. Just enough access through the speaker holes to get them tighten up and a drain hose connected. Should handle the planer rods and divers well. The 3-15s in the transom should work well for storing and trolling as well. Pretty tight there, had to modify the bilge access door clip by sliding over a couple inches so the center rod holder would fit. 0 rod holders would have been slightly easier to install here and work well also.

The wood angle guides I made came in handy and made for perfect angles. Just used a speed square, cut the 2x4, screwed it on the 1x and the drill rest right up against it.

I found some sink drain plugs at Home Depot to plug the holes where the forward seat backs go. Couple styles and sizes to choose from. These should help keep water out when seat backs not in use. Helpful if using one for storage as I am currently.

Unfortunately, no time to put back in the water and fish as its now off to the fabricator for the cobia tower build. Next mods will be the trolling motor install with a Shuttleslide, radar and upper controls.


Painted underside of gunnels with polyurethane paint. Could use another coat probably but came out nice and smooth. Should be easier to keep clean.


Installed hose holders the keep them off the deck and out of rod storage.



Can see how tight the 15s are.

Igloo IMX fits under the lean post (w/ slight mod)with tackle storage. I like the style better than the yeti and its a 70, so five more qts of storage.





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