Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Striper makes fishing machines. Nine models in all of dedicated big water fishing machines: center consoles, dual consoles and four walkaround models from twenty to twenty-nine feet. Striper calls its 230 Walkaround, “the most famous Striper walkaround.”
The 230 Walkaround rides on Striper’s twenty-degree deep-vee “V TRAC” hull which provides a wide, deep and well flared bow to handle big water. Single outboard power from your choice of Mercury, Evinrude, Yamaha, or Suzuki from 150 to a maximum rating of 300 horsepower is available to get to your favourite fishing hole quickly and to handle the big stuff along the way.
Being a walkaround, wide side decks beside both the helm area and the raised foredeck area provide easy walking access all around the boat to work that big lunker. Surrounding the bow and aft on both sides right back to the cockpit is a high welded bow rail to lean against while working your fish. A deep cockpit with toe rails and surrounding coaming pads provide similar support when back there.
The cockpit is loaded with fishing-friendly amenities. Both hull sides beneath the gunnels have horizontal rod racks with four more recessed on the gunnels and two more on the top surface of the motor well. The port side of the transom is dedicated to an aerated livewell cum baitwell equipped with a high speed pickup. On each side of the cockpit are in-floor 12-gallon fish boxes each equipped with a macerator.
Raw water washdown is standard and an extended swim platform on each side of the transom provides great water access. A stainless steel swim ladder is provided. Six tackle drawers are provided in a dedicated compartment as is a compartment aft of each helm seat providing storage, a cutting board, and a pressurized fresh water washdown with sink. A pair of stern jump seats is standard.
The standard hardtop on the 230 Walkaround may be undercoated to match your hull side colour choice. Raised adjustable and swivel high back seats for the captain and passenger provide excellent sightlines over the foredeck and past the four-piece wrap-around windshield with extended side wings. Storage is provided in compartments beneath these seat bases.
The upper curved molded pod of the dash face houses a standard tachometer, speedometer, trim, and fuel gauge with room for any digital display upgrades you may want for your chosen engine brand. The large flat lower surface is ready for your choice of large single or twin GPS chart and fishfinding screens. Hydraulic tilt steering with a stainless steel steering wheel with knob is standard as are trim tabs. A footrest is provided for both captain and passenger. Also standard is a Bluetooth compatible AM/FM stereo with MP3/iPod port plus four speakers, a 12-volt accessory plug plus USB port.
A bi-fold lockable door leads to the cuddy cabin below with standard table and convertible V-berth. Storage is available under the berth cushions. Overhead is a circular opening deck hatch for ventilation and a portlight on each side of the cabin adds natural lighting. Beneath the cabin step is a trash container and a fresh water sink, stove, reading lights, and Porta-Potti are all standard. Additional standard equipment includes a foredeck seat cushion, bow anchor locker, anchor roller, and pull-up mooring cleats.
Standard hullside colour is white or you may choose from black, blue, light blue, or gray. A very desirable Alaska Package upgrade includes a full helm enclosure with drop curtain, windshield defroster, port and starboard wipers, spreader light and more rod holders. A Rockford Fosgate Punch Package provides a substantially upgraded stereo system.
Four available Raymarine electronics packages start with a 7-inch Axiom chart/sonar screen plus VHF radio package and progress through a similar 9-inch system to a 9-inch Hybrid Touch screen package to a 12-inch Hybrid Touch screen package which also includes Quantum CHIRP Pulse Wired radar with an 18-inch wireless radome.
Notable single available upgrades include Seastar hydraulic steering with power assist, remote spotlight, a 20-inch LED light bar, underwater lights, dual battery charger, anchor windlass, fresh water transom shower, a centre stern flip-up bench seat, VHF radio, full canvas enclosure, and port and/or starboard wipers. Fishing-specific upgrades include a centre stern bait table, starboard baitwell, and outriggers. You may also want Marine Mat in camel or gray at the helm and/or on the swim platforms and/or for the cabin sole. You may also want the Shoreland’r galvanized tandem axle trailer.
If big water fishing with protection from the elements is your boating nirvana then this Striper 230 Walkaround could be the right one for you.
|Dry weight:||3,800lbs||1,724 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||129 US gals||22 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury, Evinrude, Yamaha, Suzuki Outboard|