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Considering a 230 Suncoast, thoughts from owners?

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New to the Forum and enjoying reading all of the great information here.  I’m a longtime pontoon owner and am considering a trade for a new Suncoast 230 this spring. I’d appreciate any and all comments from owners on the positives and negatives of ownership. Anything I need to consider before purchasing?  Any must-have options?  How does it trailer?  Any experience with warranty repair issues from Chaparral?   I’m looking at one with the standard 200 hp Yamaha and the boat would be used exclusively on inland lakes and rivers in the Midwest. I’d also be trailering it to all locations.

thanks so much for your time.

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Also, sorry for the very broad questions and lack of background.  I’ve read most of the older reviews and questions on the 230 Suncoast already posted.  Any recent updates to those threads would be appreciated.  

Thank you.

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i have had my 23 sun coast for 1 year and use it in the back bay waters of the jersey shore. i am completely happy with the 200 yamaha motor and have had no issues

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wwchris:

Thanks so much for your thoughts.  I have not been able to see one yet, would you be able to give some info. on the amount of space in the bow seats?  I'm 5'10" and want to know if I'd be able to sit in one side of the bow with my back to the windshield and extend my legs fully forward on a seat without hitting the front gunwale.  Thanks again for your time. 

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you are my size and i sit on the bow with my legs fully extended i will be against the gunwale however i shift them a little toward the center and i am fine the trade off is move up to the 25ft for another $25000

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Mudbug:

I'm in the process of purchasing our 230 Suncoast. The boat comes really well equipped and most we've looked at come with the deluxe package, a definite in my opinion. I checked out the space in the bow and found it roomy enough for what we need. I agree with wwchris, move your legs slightly and you'll have more than enough room up there. Good luck with your Suncoast!

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eng84ine:

thanks so much for your thoughts. I agree with you on it being very well equipped, that’s why it’s at the top our list.  I was at the Miami Boat Show this past weekend and they seemed to have almost every boat on the planet there, except for the 230 Suncoast.  They did have the 250 Suncoast though.  That’s also a very nice boat, just a bit too much for what we need. I was impressed with the fit and finish of all hardware and vinyl. 

 

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Not a 230 Suncoast, but I'm 5'10" and my 226 SSi has plenty of room in the bow for me

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On 2/20/2020 at 10:05 PM, Mudbug said:

Thanks to all of you for the info.  Just ordered our Suncoast today.  

You're going to love it! We picked up a 2019 210 SunCoast last year for a good deal late into the boating season when the 2020 230's and 250's started arriving. The only thing I don't like about it is the anchor compartment drains into the bilge. I'm just waiting on this mild winter to go away so we can hit the water again!

 

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Club Marcus:

thanks for your thoughts. Does the water getting into the anchor locker cause any problems other than keeping the bilge damp for a while?  You have a beautiful family and it’s fun to see them enjoying your boat so much.

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8 hours ago, Mudbug said:

Club Marcus:

thanks for your thoughts. Does the water getting into the anchor locker cause any problems other than keeping the bilge damp for a while?  You have a beautiful family and it’s fun to see them enjoying your boat so much.

No problem since the water accumulation is so little even after a full day of boating. I suspect that half of it comes from the plastic inspection cover on the transom engine well, I don't think it seals perfectly. The forklift operator will tip the bow up, saltwater comes out of the garboard drain, then I put the drain plug back in, and back inside onto the racks she goes.

Thank you for compliment. We're going to use the heck out of this boat. It's the most expensive GoPro accessory I've bought. Ha Ha! You'll go underway just to be underway. The best thing I've bought so far are a set of 4 matching blue fenders, a real gelcoat saver! I have the G2 size because it's perfect for the docks in my area and easily fits under the bow seats. https://www.polyformus.com/boat-fenders/g-series#cobalt_blue

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