Courtesy Pathfinder Boats
Pathfinder, a Maverick Boat Group brand, proudly calls itself “angler-driven,” explaining that it believes the further a fishing-boat builder gets from its dedicated anglers, the more their product suffers for it.
That’s why Pathfinder values the ideas and input it gets from its angler-driven design team, pro guide staff and local core of consumers. The result is a line of eight Pathfinder models designed from the ground up, focused on putting anglers on fish, in comfort and safety, with sensible, proven technology and craftsmanship.
Each Pathfinder model is carefully designed for specific inshore and nearshore fishing applications, from coastal tarpon to prowling marshes for redfish to chasing trophies such as freshwater muskies or stripers in big water. The company makes bay boats, opens and hybrid craft—the latter two styles blending shallow- and deeper-water fishing applications.
Most of Pathfinder’s boat models are built with the company’s Vacuum Assisted Resin Infusion System, which precisely applies resin for the best possible strength-to-weight ratio.
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Pathfinder 2200 TRS
Pathfinder helped popularize the bay boat with the Pathfinder 2200 and steered that model to its status as the most popular bay boat of all time. With the new 2200 TRS they’ve redesigned it to run even better in open water, adding interior space, enhancing seating comfort and expanding its family-friendly fishing legacy.
The 2200 TRS, the company says, raises the bay-boat standard in versatility, performance and build quality. Standard features include trim tabs, a GEM stainless-steel steering wheel, a leaning post with a cooler, full-forward center-console access with Dutch doors, guttered and gasketed locking dry-storage compartments, a mounted cooler forward of the console and a boarding ladder.
Angling features include locking rod storage, two console rod racks, four flush-mounted gunwale rod holders, undergunwale rod storage and a 35-gallon aft port livewell.
Yamaha engine choices range from 150 to 250 hp, with a jack plate optional. With the 250 it tops out at nearly 54 mph, and at a thrifty 24.9 mph (3,000 rpm), it squeezes more than 230 miles of range from its 65-gallon tank.
Options include a Weblon T-top or fiberglass hardtop, sunshades bow and/or aft, a tilt hydraulic helm, an Edson steering wheel, a trim-tab indicator, chair-cushion colors and additional cushions, JL audio and speakers, and raw-water and/or freshwater washdown.
Angling upgrades include rod racks, bolt-on kingfish rod holders for the hardtop, bow and aft bass seat plates, Garmin electronics systems, a trolling motor, Power-Pole shallow-water anchor systems, underwater lights, release wells, and recirculation pumps and bubblers. A tandem trailer is also available.
I used to use a length of metal pipe to stake out my boat. It worked, but not very effectively. Outfit your boat with one of the modern shallow-water anchors, or, even better, a pair, and quietly position your boat in feeding lanes without disturbing the fish. -Joe Albanese, Executive Editor Salt Water Sportsman
Test Power: Yamaha VF250XB
Test Props: Yamaha Saltwater Series II, stainless steel, 15 ¼ x 18
Test Load: Two people, three batteries, trolling motor)
Test Speed: 24.9 mph at 3,000 rpm
Max Range: 234 mi.
LOA:22’5″Beam:8’6″Fuel Capacity:65 gal.Dry Weight With Power:3,275 lb.Max HP:250Certifications:NMMAPowered By:Yamaha
Pathfinder – Fort Pierce, Florida; pathfinderboats.com