It’s a Southern Thing...
Not surprisingly, Trophy dealers south of the Mason/Dixon line had the most demand for this design because that is where the protected bays, bayous, narrow estuaries, and bone fish flats are. Like many conventional center consoles, these Bay Boats have a casting platform in the bow, but they also have another one in the stern. This gave backwater fishermen not only a stable platform, but also a good vantage point for spotting fish to say nothing of ripples or floating grass that might have fish under them. But as it turns out, the southern boys [As you might have guessed, Capt. Steve is not one of them—Ed.] didn’t have a lock on the fan base. Northern boaters took to them as a sort of an all-glass bass boat because they loved its hose-and-go capability. So much for targeting a single market.
So where do the Yankees use them? Believe it or not there are lots of places in the north to use these boats – rivers, lakes, water reservoirs. They can be used in Maine and in Canada in protected water by people who have lobster pots set in water not likely to have to deal with the North Atlantic. They are fine for Barnegat Bay and western Long Island Sound and places like Oyster Bay.
And, Really Far North...
You might be surprised at the number of bay boats on the West Coast of Greenland and across Nunavut which are used in the six weeks of August and early September when the ice is broken up. They use them close to shore on nice days and farther out in places like Smith Sound during the few weeks they can get between the ice flows.
The Usual Suspects...
Of course the 2101 Bay Boat has all the fish-friendly features we’ve all come to expect on bay boats. Three insulated, overboard draining fishboxes (52 gallon bow, 23 gallon port bow, 15 gallon aft), dual aerated livewells (28 gallons aft, 15 gallon forward console), a raw water washdown, and lockable rod storage are all present and accounted for. Additional rod storage can be found under the gunwales and vertically in the T-top rocket launchers. Stainless steel can be found in all cleats and rails, casting seats for the bow and stern are standard.
The Trophy 2101 Bay Boat has a LOA of 21’8” (6.6 m) and a beam of 8’6” (2.59m). She has a dry weight of 2200 lbs (998 kgs) and a fuel capacity of 56 gallons (212 L). She comes standard with a 150-hp Verado, and can handle up to a 225-hp Optimax. Trophy is owned by the Brunswick Corporation, the same outfit that owns Boston Whaler. Why would Brunswick own Trophy when it also owns the world-famous Boston Whaler? Simply because not everyone can afford a Whaler. By having the premium Boston Whaler at the high end of the price point scale, and Trophy at the lower end, Brunswick can appeal to a far greater number of people.
Affordable Doesn’t Have to Mean Just Cheap...
The two or three companies selling the largest number of center console bay boats and skiffs the last decade are not the ones building high-quality, high price-point boats. They are building just the opposite. And for anglers or casual boaters who want an affordable boat but also one that is built by a company that can’t afford to cut corners on the important safety aspects of a bay boat, Trophy offers what we think is a viable alternative. The fact is that Trophies are both affordable and engineered by people with actual college degrees in engineering – not a couple of good ole boys who decided to get into the boat business using an old Whaler hull as a plug. (The way most people get started building in this class of boat.) These folks are nice guys and they are usually great fishermen. We admire their pluck and entrepreneurial spirit, but there is something comforting knowing one is out in a boat that has gone through rigorous designing and engineering. After all, if an engineer at Trophy is stumped with a problem, he can call up his counterpart at Boston Whaler and get what is probably the best answer available, based on 50 years of experience.
How Much is “Affordable?”
The Trophy 2101 Bay Boat has a base MSRP of $29,680, plus $1,275 for “Destination & Packaging” charges when powered by a 150-hp Mercury Optimax 2-stroke engine. That makes it $30,955, plus tax. If you don’t have a trade in, our guess is that you actually get the boat for the MSRP price or even less. At that price the boat is Spartan, but many people won’t need much more than some lines, ground tackle and a USCG safety package. In order to get an idea how much the boat would cost all up outfitted for the way we might go boating for it we went to Trophy’s clean, simple website. There we found a handy “Build your Boat” software page that let us pick the options we wanted, add it all up, and with its loan calculator even figure out what our monthly payments would be.
Here are the options we put on our hypothetical boat: steering wheel ($145), bow casting chair ($265), pull-up cleats ($460), half swim platform ($475), raw water washdown ($210), freshwater shower ($480), aft bench seat ($730), leaning post with rocket launchers ($1,295), center console cover ($325), bimini top ($600), tandem axle trailer ($4,600). We can save $215 if we get the “Pro Package” (compass, trim tabs, VHF, and dual batter switches) for $1,365. Total price: $41,905. Obviously on things like the canvas, VHF and the trailer you can save money by buying and installing these things yourself. And if saving a few hundred dollars is important, then do it, because you won’t hurt the dealer’s feelings. Whichever way you go with this boat, bare or loaded, we think it is a good value for money and should be on your short list.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Transferable Limited 10-Year Structural Hull