|Length Overall||22' 4''||Dry Weight||3,600 lbs.|
|Beam||8' 6''||Tested Weight||N/A|
|Draft||15''||Fuel Cap||115 gal.|
|Deadrise/Transom||20 deg.||Water Cap||13 gal.|
|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||9' 4''|
|Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.|
|Std. Power||Not Available|
|Tested Power||1 x 250-hp Yamaha 4-Stroke|
Various engines- Yamaha, Mercury, & Bombardier up to 250-
Ready for the Fish
Features link a Kevlar hull reinforcement, a poured ceramic transom, and a foam-packed structural grid system provide durability, dependability, good looks, and a nice ride.
Space for Adding Electronics
The helm console is laid out in a manner that is both attractive and efficient. The aluminum wheel has a “speed-knob” to help you maneuver into tight spots.
68 Gallon Fishbox
On the opposite side is a lounge seat with a pair of beverage holders within easy reach. Underneath the cushion is a 68 gallon insulated fishbox.
The cockpit features an aggressive, diamond non-skid surface. There are comfortable bolsters on both sides, and courtesy lighting for nighttime operation.
A Functional Cabin
Tucked neatly away is a self-contained head which is very convenient with the family on extended trips.
There is an integral swim platform on the stern, with a transom door on the centerline.
Ready to Fish—Hydra-Sports Vector 2200VX
By Captain John B. Wenz
There are quite a few cuddy-cabin boats in the 20-25 foot range. Most of them fit into what I think of as pretty spartan; the cabin is useful for storage, but not much else. Recently, I had the chance to test ride the Hydra-Sports Vector 2200VX. This 22-footer is a blend of form and function. Not only is it a serious fishing boat, but it’s a lot more.
Simply put, the people at Hydra-Sports build a great boat. Contemporary engineering and quality craftsmanship go into every detail. Things such as Kevlar hull reinforcement, a poured ceramic transom, and a foam-packed structural grid system provide durability, dependability, good looks, and a nice ride. They use no wood, so moisture intrusion is never an issue.
The bow is accessible from the side decks. A canvas bimini top is included in the base boat package, but our test boat featured the optional hard top, which made going forward really easy as there are plenty of handholds for security. A set of acrylic companionway doors lead to the cabin below. Down here there’s a v-berth surrounding a pedestal table which converts to a double berth. Also here is access to the anchor locker through a hatch in the forward bulkhead and dry storage is located under the berths and the opening deck hatch with a screen provides fresh air. The details add just enough ambiance to make this a usable cabin without being overdone- overhead recessed lighting is complemented by a pair of reading lights. A pressurized, fresh water sink and a butane stove are fitted, and a shore power receptacle, 12 volt power point and a carbon monoxide detector are standard equipment. An AM/FM/CD/satellite radio system is flush-mounted in the cabin with speakers above and below decks. Tucked neatly away is a self-contained head which is very convenient with the family on extended trips.
At the Controls
The helm console is laid out in a manner that is both attractive and efficient. I like the aluminum wheel, and it’s got a “speed-knob” to help you maneuver into tight spots. Once again, everything looks and feels like it will last forever. You’ll find a rugged panel of water-resistant switches for lights and accessories, plus a few spares places for later additions. A flush mounted Raymarine VHF Radio is included, and they give you plenty of room for a full compliment of state-of-the-art electronics. You’ll also find the things you’d typically expect to find; a 12-volt power port, a lighted compass, and a remote control for the stereo. Standard engine instrumentation includes a fuel gauge, a boat speed indicator, a tachometer, an engine trim gauge, voltage, oil pressure, and water temperature readouts, and a trim tab indicator.
The starboard side helm seat is adjustable, and provides good visibility. The upholstery is well executed and made of sound, rugged material. Just behind it is a two-drawer tackle box and a 26 gallon lighted baitwell with a pump and an overboard drain. On the opposite side is a lounge seat with a pair of beverage holders within easy reach. Underneath the cushion is a 68 gallon insulated fish box.
The cockpit is self-draining, and it features an aggressive, diamond non-skid surface. There are comfortable bolsters on both sides, and courtesy lighting for nighttime operation. Outboard, under the gunwales, you’ll find built-in rod holders as well as 4 stainless rod-holders flush-mounted on deck. The plumbing systems include a raw water washdown, a cockpit shower, and an 800 gph bilge pump.
There is an integral swim platform on the stern, with a transom door on the centerline. Storage compartments on both sides of the door are useful for miscellaneous gear. Moving around back here is pretty easy, whether you’re handling lines, boating a fish, or coming back aboard after a swim. For that a simple, rugged dive ladder is provided, and you can stow it or leave it rotated up when it’s not in use. Back aft, as well as on the bow, they’ve provided a couple of substantial mooring cleats, the 8-inch size, which pop-up for use.
The Hydra-Sports Vector 2200VX measures 22’4” long, is 8’ 6” on the beam, has a 20 degree deadrise, and an engine-up draft of 15 inches. She carries 115 gallons of fuel, 13 gallons of fresh water, has a maximum horsepower rating of 300 and it all adds up to a dry weight of 3600 pounds. There are a lot of little details which shouldn’t go unmentioned, such as bronze and stainless through-hull fittings, heavy-duty gunwale trim, double clamped reinforced hoses throughout, a fuel water separator, and an electrical system with submersible components. Stainless steel trim tabs come as standard equipment, which is the case on a lot of boats in this size range today. What is part of the basic package on the 2200VX, which is not typical, are indicators telling you where the tabs are.
Performance & Ride
The weather was breezy on the day when took our test ride. We also dealt with typically choppy conditions in New York Harbor’s Upper Bay. Wind against the tide, as well as a lot of commercial traffic provided just about the sloppiest conditions one could expect within sight of land. Equipped with a Yamaha 250-hp four-stroke the 2200VX jumped up on plane in 5.2 seconds and reached 30 miles an hour in 10.7 seconds. We hit a top speed of 45.4 miles an hour turning 5500 rpm and we cruised best at 3500 rpm, where our speed was observed at 22.6 mph. Our range worked out to be 310 statute miles, which is a considerable distance between fuel docks and makes offshore fishing a reality in this 22 footer. The ride was exceptional, given the sloppy conditions we encountered. And bringing her back into a slip was made easy by the speed knob on the steering wheel.
Make no mistake, the 2200VX is ready to fish, right off the production line. But if fishing is only part of what you want to do, this boat’s got even more to offer. A useable cuddy cabin, extra fuel capacity, and a large cockpit provide the platform for all kinds of waterborne adventures from diving to picnicking. I look the look and feel of everything on the 2200VX from Hydra-Sports.
|CD Stereo||Clarion AM/FM CD player w/ optional Sirius Satellite Service|
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
= Standard = Optional
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|Years||3-Year most component parts|