2023 Blackfin 232DC

Boat Reviews

Boat Review by: Richard Crowder

Blackfin 232dc running

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the respected Williston, Florida builder whose lineup includes 10 models of both center consoles and dual consoles, and what will soon be its largest model to date -- the new double-stepped bottom 400 CC.

The 232 DC (Dual Console) is the smallest in Blackfin’s lineup sharing its LOA and beam dimensions with the 222 CC (Center Console) model. Both share a commendably deep-vee hull design of 20 degrees providing a smooth wave entry and ride when the going gets rough to reasonable stability at rest when anchored out for fishing or relaxing. Blackfin’s trademark high freeboard design increases onboard passenger safety while eliciting relaxed enjoyment of those onboard even in the rough stuff.

Another Blackfin trademark is offering impressive levels of standard equipment sought out by buyers. Whether they be ardent fishermen or family watersports pleasure-seekers, or both, Blackfin has them covered. The 232 DC shines in that department. And, like other Blackfin models, the 232 DC’s hull is laminated with what Blackfin calls ACT – Advanced Carbon Fiber Technology with standard Vinylester Barrier Coat on the hull bottom and a composite stringer system.

A high, protective five-piece centre opening windshield with side wings provides walk-through access to the bow area. The full height padded and upholstered side bolsters make this a comfortable U-shaped place to sit or stretch-out lounge. Finished storage beneath both side seat cushions are both drained and lit.

A full-length recessed grab rail on each side of the bow provides another measure of safety for bow passengers. A drained foredeck accessed anchor locker provides a built-in mounting bracket to help keep your anchor from banging around while underway. An optional two-piece hinged bow filler cushion converts this bow area to a fully surrounded padded sunlounge.

Remove all the seat cushions and the support base for the filler cushion converts the bow area into a bow casting platform. Returning to the cockpit, a panel on the aisle of the starboard side driver’s console opens to become a wind-blocking door when latched beneath the closed centre portion of the windshield. A second door behind this panel provides access to the protected storage area within the driver’s console.

An aisle opening door on the port side passenger console provides access to a large storage area that may be utilized as a change room and optionally fitted with a pumpout toilet. This storage compartment provides dedicated storage for the optional round snack table with non-skid Sea Dek covering. Between the two consoles is another large in-floor storage compartment suitable for watersports accessories such as waterskis or wakeboards and fishing accessories such as nets and tackle boxes.

The driver and passenger will enjoy luxury in high-back padded helm chairs with armrests, fore and aft and swivel adjustments, and articulated lift-up forward bolsters. The driver gets to savour Blackfin’s noted three spoke polished stainless steel tilting steering wheel with soft grippable urethane rim complete with steering assist knob. Power assist steering is standard. Ahead of that is a molded dark gray two-level dash with an upholstered “eyebrow” to reduce reflections.

Standard on each side of the upper level of the dash are analog engine gauges with the centre dash area reserved for your choice of electronics screen. Blackfin offers to fill this space with the optionally available Garmin 8610 GPS/chartplotter with two choices of transducer available. The dual 12-volt DC/USB charging outlet on the dash is duplicated in both the bow and cockpit areas. On the lower area of the dash is the head unit for the standard Fusion satellite-ready AM/FM stereo with MP3 adapter, 4-channel amplifier, and four LED-lit JL speakers.

A fixed stern bench seat is flanked on each side with jump seats which can house four guests comfortably or up to six if necessary. The centre bench seat cushion lifts to provide access to the dual battery switch, batteries, and pumps. The port jump seat bottom is removable for better access to the aft-transom molded-in insulated 18-gallon baitwell.

The starboard side seat bottom and seatback both remove to provide access to the integrated swim platform via a walk-thru transom door. The starboard section of the swim platform features a recessed and covered three-step telescoping boarding ladder. On the back of the transom are three stainless steel rod holders to add to the four gunnel mounted rod holders.

In the cockpit aft of the passenger chair is a standard 45-quart Yeti Tundra carry-on cooler with a padded, upholstered top and which when fastened down as intended, may be used as another seat. Additional notable standard equipment on Blackfin’s 232 DC includes a bimini top, combination blue/white LED courtesy lighting throughout, a raw water washdown pump and faucet, a 5-gallon custom Blackfin bucket, a total of eight stainless steel cupholders, and pull-up cleats. You also get to choose from two standard upholstery selections: Anthracite or Antelope.

Arctic white of course is standard hull colour or you may choose from eight other options. With the Arctic white you may also choose a boot stripe with or without an upper hull accent. A bow shade forward extension of the bimini top is optionally available as are four colour choices of bow and cockpit covers. Pressurized cold only fresh water is available with a transom shower and a faucet.

You may want auto-retracting trim tabs with dash indicators, Sea Dek swim platform inlay, a stainless steel removable ski tow pylon, RGB LED underwater lights, battery charger with deck plug, and a white rub rail insert in place of the standard black. Mercury outboard power in 225, 250, or 300 horsepower in black or optional white are factory available. Factory test results show that with the 300, top speed is almost 52 miles per hour with an optimum cruising speed of 34 mph at 4000 RPM.

The Blackfin 232 DC dual console is both intended for and equipped to satisfy both ardent fishermen and family cruisers alike and does so with that extra degree of safety, comfort, and enjoyment.

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Length: 21'6" 6.55 m
Beam: 8'6" 2.59 m
Dry weight: 4,000 Boat Only lbs 1,860 Boat Only kg
Draft: 2'11" 89 cm
Fuel Capacity: 92 US gal 348 L
Base Engine / Drive: Mercury Outboard
Engine HP: 225-250-300
Fuel Type: Gas
Deadrise: 20
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