Captain's ReportA Winning CombinationTested By Capt. Vince DanielloFor avid fishermen that venture offshore in less-than-ideal conditions or as a family fishing boat, a walk around style boat offers several advantages over center consoles. Typical features of a walkaround are a canvas or fiberglass top and windshield to provide shelter from the elements, a small cabin to keep extra gear dry, and a large cockpit for plenty of fishing space. Also by definition, a true walkaround offers the ability to fight a fish all the way around the boat without any obstructions to interfere with the angler, even with the bimini top raised. In addition to these common elements, Trophy’s 2352 Walkaround also offers the advantage of sterndrive propulsion to keep the transom clear for multiple anglers or landing a big fish.Fishing FeaturesWith a basic walkaround as a starting point, Trophy added some thoughtful features to increase the boat’s fishability. The convenient live bait well includes a selector valve to allow the bait well pump to double as a saltwater washdown. Two long fishboxes in the cockpit sole drain overboard and can be fitted with macerators from the factory. Trophy also provides six rod holders in the combing, and rod storage under the gunnels. The walkaround side decks may not be as deep as those found on some boats, but they are wide with high railings and well-designed steps. A bow pulpit, anchor roller, and on deck access to the anchor rode locker will be appreciated by fisherman that routinely drop the hook. A seat in the forward cabin top will be a favorite spot when the weather is nice, and is ideal when chasing down a big fish.SeatingThere is plenty of seating aboard. The twin helm chairs swivel and slide, with convenient locking mechanisms. Just aft of the helm seat, the bait well top forms a small bench seat on the starboard side, with another bench seat to port. The cooler is secured beneath this port bench seat with a bungee cord, although it could have been more convenient to access. There are also removable jump seats on either side of the engine box.Plenty of StorageOne thing I appreciated on the Trophy was the thought given to maximizing storage space. For example, rather than placing the helm seats on pedestals mounted to the deck, the company fabricated fiberglass storage cabinets, then mounted a short pedestal to the top of the cabinets for the seats. Because the openings to these storage lockers are close to the deck, o-ring sealed watertight doors are fitted. Throughout the boat no opportunity was overlooked for extra storage. There is even a small watertight compartment right next to the helm, perfect for a wallet, keys, and cellular phone.The CabinOn a 23-foot walkaround, cabin space is limited, but Trophy did a good job of providing the basics. The V-berth includes a filler cushion for sleeping and a removable table for lunch in inclement weather. The toilet is placed aft on center line, facing forward, just inside the companionway door, and there is a small sink and storage for a portable stove on the port side. A large opening hatch and two portholes provide light and fresh air. Combining Fishing and Comfort For pure fishability it’s hard to beat a center console. But a walkaround combines the 360 degree fish-fighting ability of an open boat with a place to stay dry and out of the sun. For some fishermen this can mean the difference between fishing alone or having a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy together. If a walkaround fits your needs and you prefer sterndrive propulsion, the 2352 Walkaround may be your perfect boat, so troll by your local Trophy dealer and see if you get hooked.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Trophy 2352 WA is 42.2 mph (67.9 kph), burning 19.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 74.19 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Trophy 2352 WA is 32.0 mph (51.5 kph), and the boat gets 3.05 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.3 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 277 miles (445.79 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 250-hp MerCruiser 5.7L.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!