Striper, part of the Larson Boat Group, produces fishing boats known for rugged -practicality — characteristics our survey respondents warmed to. Also clear from our survey that asks what pleases Striper anglers most: It’s the company’s priced-right boats, ready to carry anglers safely and swiftly to far-off hot spots.
They are built with one-piece Fibercore hand-laid composite stringer systems, hand-secured to the hull to create a solid boat that produces less vibration. Hand-laid fiberglass layers overlap in keel and chines. Full-width composite transoms resist deterioration and promise easy addition of aftermarket equipment. Within hulls, rigging chases ease your later installation of electronics and other gear. Open space between the sole and hull is filled with closed‑cell foam.
Construction techniques and design have the same aims; deep stems and sharp deadrise soften the ride and wide bows deflect spray. Self-bailing decks return water to the sea.
On a Striper, everything stands ready for a hard — make that a fun and trouble-free — day of fishing!
What does a savvy boat maker do when its new 20-foot center-console fishing boat has been greeted warmly? Striper followed its 200 CC center console with a 200 WA walkaround.
Twenty feet might seem a bit small for this category, but the company says the 200 WA “fishes big” and compares it to 24- and 25-footers.
Give some of the credit to an aggressive sheer line that produces a wide-feeling, dry-riding boat with plenty of freeboard and lots of cockpit height against which to lean when fighting a big fish. The boat’s large, 6-inch chine area improves handling, stability and control.
The 200 WA’s rich menu of features, including a V-berthed cabin for naps and overnights, is sure to please. Portable marine head is standard, galley optional. At day’s end, this fishing -machine slides onto its standard galvanized trailer.
Pick your power: The 200 WA is rated for engines (your choice of five -manufacturers) from 115 to 200 hp fed by a range-boosting 91-gallon fuel tank. It has 12-gallon fish boxes at port and starboard in the cockpit floor, under-gunwale rod storage port and starboard; walk-through transom gate and ladder; raised helm at console; and plenty of room for electronics. An 8-inch-wide walkway leads to the bow and its integrated seat.
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