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Any Trophy boat owners?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Fish2day, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. Fish2day

    Fish2day member

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    I am considering making a change to a more suitable fishing boat, specifically a 2003 Trophy model 2002 with a 135 Merc. This boat is not a local boat, so it's hard for me to take a good close look at one. If anyone on OGF has a similar boat that isn't shrink wrapped yet, and wouldn't mind, I'd sure appreciate a close up look at one.
     
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Defensor Fortis

    I currently have a 1997, 2002 WA model. I almost bought a 2003 WA at the Cleveland sportsman show, but I was not impressed by the dealer ticked me off. The interior and set up was real good. I think you'll be happy with boat if you buy it. Try going to trophy's web page and look at the boats. I do not think that the have changed a whole lot. Maybe even try looking on eBay for pictures.
     

  3. creekcrawler

    creekcrawler Konfused Kayaker

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    I don't want to ruffle anyone's feathers here, but aren't Trophies made
    by Bayliner?.......
     
  4. Hook N Book

    Hook N Book The Original Hot Rod Staff Member

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    Once upon a time, yes...! They're currently maunfactured by...and have been for some time now by, you ready for this... "Trophy". :D
    But on a serious note, what's wrong with Bayliner...? :confused:
     
  5. NorthSouthOhioFisherman

    NorthSouthOhioFisherman The Young Outdoorsman

    i no wat ur talkin bout creekwalker lol.

    its not old so it will prolly last for how long youll use it but bayliner boats are known for how cheaply they are built...
     
  6. Bayliner's are known much more widely for their low cost than they're durability or seaworthiness. Trophy used to be Bayliner's line of sportfishing vessels geared more towards saltwater/big water use. While under the not-so watchful eye of Bayliner, Trophy's quality and therefore, reputation, suffered.

    Currently, Bayliner and Trophy are seperate entities under the Bruswick umbrella.

    Trophy(est 1988) and Bayliner(acquired by Bruswick in 1986) both are divisions of the Bruswick Company along with Abermarle, Aquador, Baja, Boston Whaler, Cabo, Crestliner, Hatteras, Lowe, Lund, Mercury, Sea Pro, Sea Ray, Triton and a bunch more.

    Some of Bruswick's products are absolutely top of the line...some are poop. It's my understanding that the quality of the Trophy boats has improved since Trophy became a seperate entity from Bayliner.
     
  7. Hook N Book

    Hook N Book The Original Hot Rod Staff Member

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    And there you have it...! ;)
     
  8. Mac

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    I have a 2003 Trophy 2052 with 190 inboard. Same boat just less room in the back because if the motor. Good boat but there are a few things about it I don't like. Biggest thing is storage space. Every year when I go to the IX boat show I take a few minutes to check out the new 2052. Over all there hasn't been much change to the boat since the late 90's other than some cosmetic things. My boat is in storage now till May. If you aren't in a hurry the IX boat show is in January and I know there will be one or two of them there.
     
  9. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

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    dont buy a trophy, they are a junk boat that will sink in 8" of water. very unstable in more than 1 foot waves and just impossiable to manuver. will rot out within a few years, bla, bla, bla...i just figured id say it before anyone else did. ;)


    ok, now that the trophy bashing is out of the way...:D



    i have a trophy and im VERY pleased with it's total performance. mine has a 150 merc and it will suck a bit of fuel on a 40 mile day(what boat wont?). ive been in many, many, other boats. i cant remember too many times that i said to myself "man, wish i had that boat" i really enjoy getting back in the trophy and putting the smack down on those eyes:p


    just ask yourself, why do i see so many of them if they are such a crappy boat?:confused:

    i like them so much that i drove to jacksonville, fla to pick mine up and i guess im one sided on this issue.
     
  10. NorthSouthOhioFisherman

    NorthSouthOhioFisherman The Young Outdoorsman

    isnt ur boat salty???!!!!!!

    to answer ur first Q-theyre cheap duh lol----but from wat im hearing it seems more hit or miss wat youll get outta a trophy...

    ill have to admit-theyre desgins are sweet!
     
  11. Fish2day

    Fish2day member

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    Bayliners did have a slight ( :D ) problem with the hull splitting down the middle back in the early 90's. And, yes, they are inexpensive to get into. And after about 6 seasons you do have to do some minor maintenance items like replacing a switch and a gauge and tightening some screws. But a Bayliner is my first boat, and it has seen some pretty rough conditions up on Erie and handled them quite nicely. Man can it get up and go when I want. I have very few complaints about them. I just need a boat that is more suited for fishing and found a Trophy for sale in a good price range, so I gotta start someplace. Did I mention that I'll have to sell my boat before I buy a different one? :D

    I really appreciate all the input from everyone. Thanks!
     
  12. Hook N Book

    Hook N Book The Original Hot Rod Staff Member

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    NSF, do you speak from hands on experience or, are you just typing...?
    Cheap...? Unless you're using the word out of it's true definition, that's really funny...! :rolleyes:
     
  13. krustydawg

    krustydawg KrustyDawg

    He's 14 and probably has no concept on what it costs to maintain a boat :eek: There is no such thing as a cheap boat !:D
     
  14. Fish2day

    Fish2day member

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    B ring
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    Most boat owners can vouch for this old acronym. I sure can.
     
  15. Toxic

    Toxic Defensor Fortis

    With gas prices and everything else, it should be upgraded to;
    break out another "twothousand". :mad:
     
  16. A hole in the water into which one pours money.
     
  17. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

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    so dave, did i sell you on trophys? too bad it wasn't daylight and i could have opened her up for ya:p
     
  18. This could be taken two different ways.

    I have a friend who owns a Trophy and he loves it. He tows his kids around on an inland lake with it, and will perch and drift fish from it on Erie.

    I have also fished on several Trophies for salmon on L. Michigan and after watching the gunwhales flex while lowering cannonballs off the riggers...um...and absolutely getting the crap knocked out of us in 3' chop...and when I saw how thin the transom glass was when we drilled holes for the depth finder....

    The ones on which I have fished were also under-powered, but obviously EZBITE has one that is not.

    I'm sure there are a lot of proud Trophy owners like EZ...but I'd bet for every one you see on the water, there are 5 in the Classifieds.

    Just my little opinion...
     
  19. There were a ton of Ford Escorts on the road at one time too....They're mostly dead now.
     
  20. KaGee

    KaGee Monkeywrench Staff Member

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    Bayliner is affectionately referred to as "Bilgeliner" by the good folks in the restoration forum on Iboats. :D