Hydra-Sports 2300 DC

You never know when a trip to the dentist will reveal something about the nature of boat buyers. Today my dental hygienist told me that her husband and son wanted a fishing boat; however, she insisted on a bowrider “sport boat.” Nothing wrong with a standard bowrider for a family that appreciates day-cruises, picnics, and tow sports, but some very good boatbuilders are recognizing the dilemma facing the men in her family. Those builders call their family-oriented fishing boats “dual consoles”, or DCs.

One good case in point is the 2300 DC from Hydra-Sports. Now owned by the MasterCraft ski boat company and built in Vonore, Tennessee, Hydra-Sports is off to a new chapter in its long history, but it remains a premier builder of fishing and family boats. The 2300 DC is based on the same 20-degree deadrise hull as the 2300 CC (center console), with placement of the fuel tank, batteries, and consoles designed to maintain good balance.

This 22-foot hull is long enough to provide plenty of space for an active family or hard-core anglers, yet small enough to run efficiently with a 250- to 300-hp outboard. As is true with its competition from other premier boatbuilders, the test of this brand is attention to detail, such as a large head in the port console with good lighting, ventilation, and built-in necessities; a central storage compartment in the sole between the consoles that can hold wakeboards, skis or fishing rods; and a helm with space for gauges and a large electronics display for a GPS and fishfinder.

Details:

  • Length: 22’ 4”
  • Beam: 8’ 6”
  • Draft: 15” (engine up)
  • Weight: 3,400 lbs.
  • Transom deadrise: 20 degrees
  • Fuel: 115 gals.
  • Water: 13 gals.
  • Max power: 300 hp
  • Base price with Yamaha F300 XCA outboard: $79,980

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