Parker has been building boats since the 1960s. Based in North Carolina, the company knows a thing or two about big water and what it takes to build rugged boats that handle whatever the wind and seas have in store. The 2200 CC, the latest model, reveals its distinct Carolina roots.
The bow, where the covering boards meet provides a high vantage point for a crewmember to spot and cast-net bait.
Just aft, twin compartments to port and starboard provide seating and dry storage. Both are insulated to serve as fish boxes. A pedestal table fills the gap between the seats, forming a sun pad or casting deck.
The 36-inch-wide center console leaves room to port and starboard for crew to pass freely. An aluminum leaning post provides seating for two at the helm, but Parker offers an upgraded version featuring flip-up bolsters and a fiberglass module that incorporates tackle storage, a 33-gallon livewell and a pair of rod holders.
Rod storage includes four flush-mount holders on the covering boards, with ample space to add more rod holders. Dual transom doors make it a cinch to take a dip or boat gaffed fish on each side of the boat.
The hardtop keeps the skipper and a companion in the shade. It’s part of an optional package that includes LED lighting, an overhead electronics box for additional mounting space, port and starboard grab rails integrated into the hardtop frame for added safety, and a full-height, three-sided windshield that enhances protection from the elements at the helm.
A pair of removable jump seats accommodate two crew astern, and they hide dual transom doors located in opposite aft corners for access to twin swim platforms to port and starboard.
Handling & Running
The Yamaha F250 on our test boat proved an excellent match for the 2200 CC, with power and acceleration on the straightaways, and nimble response during turns and avoidance maneuvers.
The V-design hull performed admirably in the hostile 3- to 4-foot chop we encountered outside Hillsboro Inlet during our test. It effortlessly sliced through the waves without the normally expected thuds and jolts. And despite a north wind blowing at nearly 20 mph, the tall bow, substantial flare and down-sloping sheer line, which provides a substantial 27.5 inches of freeboard amidships, kept spray at bay no matter our heading.
Takeoffs were quick and with minimal bow rise. We jumped on plane in a fraction over 6 seconds, and went from zero to 30 mph in 9.4 seconds. At 3,500 rpm it achieved its top fuel efficiency, cruising at 28 mph while burning a modest 9.3 gph. And at wide-open throttle, the 2200 CC came a hair short of 49 mph.
The Parker excels in a chop, cruising easily at 30 mph in 4-foot seas with a Yamaha F250.
- Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
- Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees
- Sea State: Choppy Wind: N, 17 mph Test Load: Two adults,75 gallons of fuel
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