May 28, 2014
If you're the type of angler who complains about not having "places to put stuff," the Polar 220 Bay Boat will likely appeal to you.
Whether it's a couple of limits of seatrout and drum, a quiver of rods, or comfort items such as drinks and warm clothes, this boat has a place for it. The boat is set up to carry as many as 8 passengers, and performs well with a wide range of outboard options (and by extension, a range of monthly payments). The company has been in the boat-building business for decades, and offers a limited lifetime structural warranty and 1-year gelcoat warranty.
Hull weight: 2,600 pounds
Transom deadrise: 12.5 degrees
Transom height: 25 inches
Fuel capacity: 87 gallons
Recommended power: 150-250 hp
Here's the Polar 220 Bay Boat with a 150-horsepower Yamaha four-stroke, trimmed out at her most efficient cruising range, between 3,500 and 4,000 RPM. A manufacturer performance test indicates she burns 4.5 miles per gallon running in the mid 20 MPH range. Top end was 44.3 MPH.
Rigged with a 150-horse four-stroke, and fueled up on the trailer, she weighs 3,900 pounds.
No wood--just some carbon fiber reinforcement in this fiberglass boat.
Overall layout focuses on comfort for fishing--with bow and stern fishing seats.
150-horsepower four-stroke. With a 250, the boat reached 57.5 MPH in a manufacturer test.
Standup console with three vertical rodholders on each side. Stainless steel wheel and hardware.
Door swings open to reveal push-button breakers and battery storage.
There's plenty of space for two batteries.
The top of the console is recessed to keep tools and other items from falling.
Something you don't often see: A single-leg leaning post. Stylish.
The seat flips up, revealing a handy storage area.
Two rodholders on each side--a nice touch for anglers who enjoy trolling or livebaiting at anchor.
Folding passenger seats port and starboard, plus a mount for a fishing chair (shown).
Tackle tray storage box.
The box lifts out to allow access to the bilge and thru-hulls with shutoff valves.
38-gallon, lighted oval livewell.
Round deck-mount inspection plate lifts to access fittings and sending unit on the 87-gallon crosslink polyethylene fuel tank.
Lots of storage up front--here for lifejackets, but more likely a home for two or three trolling motor batteries.
...and here an insulated fish box with overboard drain.
Starboard lockable rod box. Notice the vertical rodholder mounted in the deck, as well as the two cup holders (could also be used for scent bait dips).
Trim switch for the outboard, mounted on trolling motor platform--handy for when you need to raise the motor to clear weeds or shallow water.