LITTLE FALLS, Minn (August 18, 2014) – Building on the success of the recently launched Striper 200CC Center Console, Larson Boat Group (LBG) announced the introduction of Striper Boat’s newest 20-foot fishing machine, the 200 Walk Around (WA). According to Rob Parmentier, President and CEO of Larson Boat Group, “The Striper 200WA might be smaller in the offshore fishing marketing at 20-feet but fishes big!”
Like all Stripers, the 200WA’s stance, attitude, and presence is impressive. As you approach the boat, one of the first things you notice is the aggressive sheer line. This provides the boat with a big footprint in the water for a very dry ride. Moving mid-ship toward the stern from the sweeping bow flair, the sheer line straightens out to give the 200WA big fishability and noticeable personality. The aggressive sheer line and hull shape creates impressive cockpit freeboard for security and the required leverage when leaning against the cockpit side when fighting the big one.
The 200WA is built with Striper’s one-piece Fibercore™ hand-laid composite stringer system construction, providing the owner and passengers with a solid boat with added support and reduced vibration. The 200WA hull employs the V-Trac™ hull design for maximum steering control. The 200WA uses a very large 6-inch chine area for improved handling, stability and control when you are in search of that perfect fishing spot.
With power options from Mercury, Evinrude, Suzuki, Honda or Yamaha, the Striper 200WA is sure to put you on the fish in no time. Engine options range from 115 to 200 horsepower, providing the owner with enough engine power to get you to the fish fast and safely. An industry-leading 91-gallon fuel capacity for a 20-foot walk-around ensures huge range to cover a huge fishing area you desire to hunt. The 200WA has a large bilge access panel to diagnose and service your boat for ease of maintenance.
When the transom starboard jump seat is removed, the additional 6 inches puts you closer to the fish-fighting action. On the port side is the standard 16-gallon baitwell station with cutting-board lid. Just in front of this baitwell station is an additional jump seat. Transom optional equipment includes a bait prep table or center transom flip-up seat with backrest.
There are two large, 12-gallon macerator fish boxes found port and starboard in the cockpit floor, maximizing space not normally found in a 20-foot walk-around. The fish boxes are prepped and ready after you catch your fish using the integrated toe keepers and padded side rails. Built-in gunnel port and starboard rod storage keeps your equipment ready for use and out of the way while running to your next fishing hole. Whether boarding the boat at the dock or after swimming or diving, the standard folding 3-positon ladder and walkthrough transom gate make boarding the 200WA ease and safe.
The large helm and console serves as central command for this 20-foot walk-around fishing animal. The large console command station has room for up to two 10-inch graphs and includes a stainless-steel steering wheel with turning knob and the large compass put you on the fish with ease. The raised helm with companion ladder back seats, armrests and foldable footrest ensure you are comfortable as well as secure for your run to the fishing grounds. For convenience and ease of access, a small storage box for a cell phone, lures or hooks are found on the port and starboard sides within reach of the captain and mate. To ensure quick access to your favorite or more popular gear, three-drawer tackle boxes for your hooks and lures are built into the gunnel combing on both the port and starboard sides at the helm and companion seat. Add the optional hardtop or Alaskan package for added security and protection from the elements.
Need to access the bow? No problem on the Striper 200WA. The wide, 8” side walkway provides plenty of room to comfortably access the bow. Forward is an integrated bow seat for those days when you want to cruise and admire the scenery or have a look-out for the school of fish you are on the hunt for. The standard anchor roller and anchor locker make securing your position a breeze or add the optional windless to make moving spots, even easier.
After a long stretch of hauling in your prized catch and need to rest, a place to store your gear, a spot for the kids to go while running to your spot or just want to spend the night on the water, the 200WA cabin is equipped to meet all those requirements, and then some. The locking bi-folding door is the door to this little, but big oasis. Below is a large v-berth with table that is easily converted to a berth. Just to the port side after entering the cabin is a built-in utility pod with open tub.
Add the optional galley and this utility pod includes a pressurized 12.5-gallon freshwater tank and sink plus single butane burner stove conveniently stored away in a flip down access hatch. With a spot and place for everything convenient on the 200WA, a trash waste bin is hidden under the tread of the single-step entry into the cabin. The 200WA cabin also includes large flat storage areas out of others way for gear, rods, or overnight bags.
After your fish boxes are full, the standard transom baitwell is empty, and you are heading back to shore, the standard galvanized trailer is ready to carry your boat and catch home.
“Our goal in designing the 200WA was to build a 20-foot boat that felt more like a 24 or 25-foot fishing machine. And we feel we accomplished that in what are the standard features as well as the optional ones in our new 200WA,” said Ron Sahr, Larson Boat Group Director of Engineering.