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Blazer Bay 2220 Feedback

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   Iceman
Guys, I'm looking for some feedback on the Blazer Bay 2220 Professional or 2220 Fisherman. I am toying with the idea of upgrading and would like some feedback from guys who own this rig or have ridden in one. I know this boat will be skinny enough for the marsh I fish, but how well does it handle a chop? I currently own a Skeeter ZX 20 bay boat and have fished out of it for 6 years. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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I fish out of the blazer 2200 fisherman and it's a really nice boat. It's a good boat for the marsh and a good boat for the bays. I wouldn't call it great for both but a good compromise. It fishes shallow and can get up skinny with jack plate and even better with tabs. It does well in the bays but pounds a little when it gets rough. Mine doesn't have tabs which would help. Mine gets tail heavy when it's rough with everyone in the back of the boat. Getting some weight forward helps. It's also a dry riding bay boat. My buddies blue wave classic takes the waves better but will get you wet in a.chop and I can fish reds much shallower than he can.
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   Rhinofish
I don't have any experience with the 2220, I did know a guy with one he seemed to like it. I do have a Blazer 2170, it's AWESOME!Get's skinny, handles big water like a champ and it's a dry ride!
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   rangerz
I've own my 2220 Fisherman for over 2 years. It does everything I want to do from fishing ponds and open bays. The Fisherman has less of a deadrise compared to the Professional and get into shallow water. With the 250 SHO mid 60mph is easy and fuel mileage is not bad. It will handle a chop and you don't need a slicker suit to do it like some boats.
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I have a 06 2220 pro and love it the only thing I can say is put trim tabs on it made a world of difference in rough water
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   Iceman
Guys, what lb tthrust trolling motor are yall using on the Blazer 2220. Based on what I have on my current hull, I'm thinking an 80 lb, 24 volt will work just fine on the Blazer. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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   rangerz
I'm using a 75# thrust. Good enough for what I do. If you don't have a power pole, that is one thing thats worth having on your boat.
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   CaptJS
If you ever fish shallow water you better get the most power you can handle. The day you get in mud you will never regret it. I run my trolling motor all day and run it about 70percent. Where other have to run at full and the batteries give out in short order. If you use your trolling motor to set up to anchor or move to another anchor spot any size will be ok.
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this is a big investment. i fish in my step dads quit a bit at cocodrie. its a great looking boat, and the interir set up is great!however, i dont like this boat. trim tabs help, but it is the roughest riding boat i have been in with a 'V' bottom. if the waves are more than 1 foot, we cant go fast or you will regret it. most of the time, we are going 9-12 knots not to get pounded.
i have a sea pro, and i can run 50 mph where he is having to cut way back not to get hurt. i had to have back surgery after to taking a hard wave in his boat, literally. not saying not to get this boat, but do your homework first! you dont want to regret your decision if cant perform.
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   rangerz
One foot waves and you take a pounding? Must be something wrong with the setup on that hull. I've been out in Raccourci and Timberlier Bay with more than 1 footers and did not take a pounding. You have to run fast enough to get on top of the chop, not so slow that you plow into them. I had a 2170 Blazer which is just like a Sea Pro, it was like a barge, could not get in shallow water. It was good in the gulf but not in shallow ponds. You need to get a boat for the area you like to fish.
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i agree with you that there may be something wrong with the boat. we do get up on top the waves, but we have to back off after a while to rearrange our internal organs. :) however, most of the comments on this thread say that trim tabs 'helped'. it dont see anyone really saying that its a comfortable ride. i just want the person asking the question to consider this before dropping a small fortune on something that he might regret if it performs like this particular boat. it does ride solid though. my sea pro sounds like its gonna fall apart when beating through waves, but it (the sea pro) rides dry and very well. the blazer bay is a rougher ride.
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   EJD300MAG
I'm also running a 2013 22 Fisherman with a 250 SHO. Low 60's the norm for me. Handles chop pretty good. The trim tabs really help out. This is the second Blazer I own. The first was a 2220 Professional. I love both of them. The Pro did not have trim tabs. They do make a world of difference in rough water.My 2220 Fisherman also runs faster then the Professional did. I had a 250 Etec on the Professional.
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Hi, I just bought the same boat and was wondering what prop you were running on it? Thanks
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How shallow can you fish with this boat? I know the chart will say a draft depth but I'd like to get the opinions of people in the field. Thanks
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I've run this boat from Rigolets to: Destin Fla, Cat Island, Pensacola & Point Clear. The cuts between the islands can get dicey, but I don't expect any different from a shallow-V hull.

In common runs across Borgne I tab it down and it puts the shoulder down and does well.

I've really appreciated my Blazer Bay. I would opt for the additional length if possible, for room an ride.
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2220 Fisherman is lighter than most bay boats in its class but does a great job. If you decide to get one I highly recommend installing trim tabs and jack plate. Doing this will allow you to get out of skinny water(meaning not moving with the trolling motor but can get up and get out with some horses) and also keep you from getting beat up in a 2-3ft chop going through the bays. I have had mine for 8 years and love it. Can't beat it for a 22ft boat. Thanks.
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Ran the 2220 fisherman for 6years and just sold it. Ours did not have tabs and would pound when in chop. It's a very dry riding boat and can get really shallow. I consider it a great hybrid bay boat. On nice days fish the outside and can get skinny if the wind is blowing. I think tabs would have helped the ride a lot. It was sensitive to weight in the stern.
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   JOHN C.
IF POSSIBLE...try to get the custom fitted ALL ALUMINUM & SS trailer made by 'Sport-trail trailers' located in Bay St. Louis, MS owned/operated by Kevin Delelle! Sport-Trail is now the sole manufacturer of custom trailers for Blazer Bay and Contender Boats. FANTASTIC SALES AND EVEN MORE-SO---IMPECCABLE SERVICE...John Castelluccio, Jr. PS...My custom trailer was made for my AVENGER-226 Dual Console Bay Boat
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I have a 2006 Blazer Bay 2220 Pro and love it bought it new in 06 the best thing I did was add trim tabs they made a world of difference in rough water.I think the new ones come with tabs now great boat haven't had any problems and I fish lake Ponchatrain so it's seen it's share of choppy water
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   JOHN C.
IS there something wrong with the Blazer Bay hull design that as stated previously...'the boat comes with trim tabs'???
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No the boat is great just a little light in the bow when you get in a big chop,but the trim tabs take care of that no problem.Most all new boats come with tabs now. My blazer Bay 2220 Pro is a 06 and if I had to get another boat it would be a Blazer Bay
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I have never fished from a 20' Skeeter, but have lots of time on a 2013 2220 blazer bay Fisherman and other comparable manufacturers. You will probably not be upgrading in quality of construction or fit & finish, unless you are buying new and that improvement will only be short term. I have fished on the '13 bb fisherman from the very first trip since new to the most recent and couple weeks ago. The boat is nicely laid out and very comfortable to fish out of. Fast enough with the 200 SHO (tops out at 57~59mph) with a moderate load (fuel, ice, 4 batteries, 4 adults, etc.) Handles rough water comparable to other boats in it's class. Depending on the wave characteristics you can either ride on top with no tabs or pound into them with the trim tabs down. You will find yourself wanting to pick up speed and get on top of the waves when possible, this is the most comfortable way to handle tighter chops in this boat. With the 200 SHO it is pretty nimble and quick to adjust speeds in different conditions. The boat is light, so you will avoid putting the trim tabs down and taking on the waves, unless the wave length is to great to get on top or you like to keep the speeds down and don't feel comfortable riding 40-50 mph in 1-2' chop. Fish ability is great, laid out nicely and you probably won't have any real complaints here. The quality of construction does not seem to be where you would expect on a boat in this range. Latches seem to come loose frequently, hatches will rattle and creak, and bits on the console age way to quickly for my liking. Even if you are buying new, I would still look at some used blazer bays to see what you can expect it to look like in a few years. Overall ride quality - average, speed and handling - very good, construction/build quality - average or slightly below.
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   bgtoups
Spair Time

how much was it to add trim tabs?
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