Captain's ReportTested By Capt. Brandon De NataleTrophy’s most popular walkaround, according to the company is the 2002WA. I had the pleasure to test this boat and see just why it’s their best selling model in this category. After taking the boat through her paces and looking over every inch of the boat I have realized what makes this model so appealing. Whether you’re looking for a fishing boat or a family all-purpose boat, the 2002WA does everything a similar sized boat does but better. With the cabin for overnight capabilities, large open cockpit layout, and solid hull construction the 2002WA is truly a do-it-all boat. ConstructionThe hull construction of this boat is very solid. Trophy uses fiberglass stringers and a vinylester skin coating which makes the hull impervious to the rigors of the sea. The bow features a nice flair that will help cut through the seas and provide a comfortable ride. The deadrise on the transom is a generous 19 degrees, which softens things out nicely. The side decks are high and ensure a dry stable ride while also helping to keep everyone in the boat. Trophy has also done a good job at making sure all the deck hardware is where it should be.Cockpit and FeaturesBack in the stern the large engine well will keep your boat dry even backing down in large seas. On the transom is a small swim platform to starboard for boarding from the beach or water. Just inboard on both port and starboard are cushioned seats that remove to provide access to the battery and cables aft. Also on either side on the cockpit floor are two large fish wells that are sure to hold the day’s catch. On the side decks there are rod holders for trolling and hawse pipes for docking lines. Another nice feature is that all the decks are textured with aggressive diamond plate non-skid for solid footing. Under each side deck there is also rod storage, which keeps your gear in close reach for when the fish start to bite. One of the great things about this boat’s layout is that everything is clean and finished off nicely. For families with small children the worry of unfinished corners and sharp edges are a constant concern, as is the height of the side decks, but on this boat the whole area aft is perfect for a child to ride and the open layout affords room to setup a table and a chair.Helm StationMoving forward toward the helm station we find a step to port for access to the side deck and bow, while over to starboard we find another, albeit large step that also contains a large baitwell. I also found the raw water washdown conveniently located here within easy reach of the entire cockpit. Both of the helm seats are bucket seats that swivel and slide for a comfortable ride. I found that it was comfortable while standing since the helm seat slid far enough back to give me plenty of room while leaning on the end of the seat. The helm station is really well laid out and is finished with a gunmetal gray finish. All the ships system switches are well located for easy use and the two large gauges provide all the needed information for operation. The controls are placed well for either standing or sitting and there is an accessories board above all the instruments for your own electronic installations. And over to port the copilot has a removable cooler under their seat and the entrance to the cabin in front, which closes off nicely to conceal the space.Cockpit LayoutGoing down into the cockpit I was surprised to see there was a generous amount of space for either storing gear or even sleeping aboard. As I walked down the step and into the center of the cabin I was shocked that there was plenty of headroom for maneuvering around. There are storage compartments under the forward cushions and a portable head that stores nicely out of the way under the crawlspace which runs under the center of the helm area. Ventilation is provided by a nice large hatch overhead and two portholes located on either side. If the weather turns while you are out enjoying lunch or dinner you can always head below. It’s a tight fit for more than two people but the removable table will provide a place to setup till it clears.BowThe entire bow has a nice stainless steel railing which helps provide support when passing. Up on the bow there is a built-in roller and anchor locker that makes dropping the hook a snap. There is even a cushioned bench seat up here and it’s the perfect spot to relax and take in the views. BenefitsAs I test more and more walkarounds the opinions I once had towards them have changed. I used to think they were impractical and unattractive. But after spending some time on several models I have started to have a change of heart. Maybe it’s just me getting older and realizing that I really could use a cabin and enjoy the steady platform and layout a boat like this has to offer. Also, when it comes to families, having a cabin and comfortable amenities goes a long way in terms of time you get to spend on the water. As a fishing boat I think it’s hard to beat the convenience this boat offers. The combination of large storage areas, comfort, thoughtful features such as the baitwell and large fish wells make this a tough boat to beat. PerformanceOur test boat had the optional 135-hp Mercury Optimax outboard. The boat is rated up to 175-hp if you so desire and comes standard with 125-hp setup. I found that the 135-hp was plenty of power for fishing inland bays and sounds. If I was going to head offshore at all and into deeper waters I would probably go with the 175-hp, but for most applications the 125-hp and 135-hp should work great. Out on the water we got the 2002WA up and on a plane in just 3.8 seconds and she was impressive reaching 0-30 mph in 9.8 seconds. This is also due to the construction methods employed by Trophy resulting in a total weight around 3,400 lbs. Her best cruise speed was at 4,000 rpms, which resulted in a speed of 30.8 mph and a cruising range of 272 miles. Top speed with the 135-hp was 39.1 mph at 5,000 rpms. So if you’re looking for a great fishing boat that take you and your buddies out for a day of fishing on Saturday and then picnic on Sunday with the kids, take a look at Trophy’s top selling 2002WA.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Trophy 2002 WA is 39.1 mph (62.9 kph), burning 12.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 48.07 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Trophy 2002 WA is 30.8 mph (49.6 kph), and the boat gets 3.56 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.51 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 272 miles (437.74 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 135-hp Mercury OB Saltwater.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!