Trade a Boat - 2000 Gen2 review

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Published: 12 January 2016, by Kevin Smith

See it here: Tournament 2000 Bluewater Gen2 review


 

The Tournament 2000 Bluewater Gen2 is based on an already proven (and rather popular) offshore fibreglass boat, with the addition of a stylish hardtop. And in case you hadn’t heard, Tournament Pleasure Boats are now made by The Haines Group.

The hardtop Tournament 2000 Bluewater Gen2 sports a mix of original Mustang lines with updates from Tournament. The cockpit is fairly standard but has everything you need and expect: rear foldaway stern seat, spacious sidepockets, livewell, baitboard, non-slip deck, lots of grabrails, and sealed and raised compartments for batteries and the like. Everything is neat, accessible and well placed for uncluttered and spacious fishing.

The engineered fibreglass hardtop has a modern slimline design, with unrestricted 180° visibility, heaps of light, good airflow and provisions for speakers and wiring. The stainless steel frame that follows the shape of the hardtop is also a nice touch, providing additional grabrails while keeping things structurally sound with no vibrations or rattles. 

We tested one with a Suzuki DF200ATX (the Haines Group is the Suzuki outboards distributor) which was a good match. In choppy Moreton Bay, an optimum cruise of 25-29kts was achieved at around 4000 to 4500rpm, with the hull responding well to trim. Stability at rest was also good.

 

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