October 10, 2017 at 11:55am
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.