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Parker 2200 CC Boat Review

Carolina style delivers offshore comfort in a 23-foot package.

Parker 2200 CC offshore
LOA: 23 ft.; Beam: 8 ft. 6 in.; Transom Deadrise: 17 deg.; Draft: 1 ft. 3 in.; Dry Weight: 4,624 lb.; Fuel: 79 gal.; Max HP: 250 hp; Base Price: $82,486 Courtesy Parker Boats

Parker constructed its first boats during the late 1960s in coastal North Carolina. After more than 60 years, the company knows what it takes to design and build fishing vessels that can handle big water and whatever Mother Nature devises. Strength, simplicity and seaworthiness drive every Parker build, and my first glance at the new 2200 CC on a November test day in South Florida, quickly revealed its Carolina roots.

The hull’s V-design, with its proud bow and flare, perfectly tames a considerable chop. Raised bow compartments to port and starboard provide seating and dry storage. Both are insulated to double as fish boxes. A pedestal table fills the gap between them to form either a forward casting deck or a picnic area with a view.

Parker 2200 CC helm
The center console features a helm face broad enough for a pair of 10-inch displays or additional gauges and electronics. Alex Suescun

Center Console and Helm

The 3-foot-wide console features a roomy head compartment inside, as well as seating for two forward with a backrest and a cooler designed to also serve as a livewell. The business side of the console offers sufficient real estate for all must-have electronics, including a pair of 10-inch multifunction displays. Should you run out of mounting space, the optional hardtop package includes an overhead electronics box.

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An aluminum leaning post affords standard helm seating for the skipper and a companion, but Parker offers an upgraded version featuring flip-up bolsters and a fiberglass module that incorporates tackle storage to port, plus a larger 33-gallon livewell and a pair of flush-mount rod holders aft.

Parker 2200 CC livewell
Parker placed a 33-gallon livewell aft of the helm seating. Alex Suescun

Cockpit and Fishing

Rod storage includes four flush-mount holders on the gunwales, two more on the optional fiberglass leaning post, and a four-rod rocket launcher as part of the optional hardtop package. Hiding behind a pair of removable jump seats on opposite aft corners, transom doors provide direct access to twin swim platforms that also make it easier to board trophy fish.

Parker 2200 CC transom
The max horsepower rating for the 2200 CC is 250. The transom also features a pair of removable jump seats and twin transom doors providing access to swim platforms port and starboard. Courtesy Parker Boats

The single Yamaha F250 on my test boat proved an excellent match for the 2200 CC, which remained nimble and responsive during a number of turns and maneuvers, and exhibited the desired power and quickness on the straightaways. The Parker sped from zero to 30 mph in 9.4 seconds, and flirted with 49 mph at wide-open throttle. At 3,500 rpm, the Parker achieved its best fuel efficiency, running at 28 mph while burning a scant 9.3 gph (3.01 mpg).

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The 2200 CC kept me comfortable running in 4-foot seas and winds of nearly 20 mph. And while the boat has plenty of fishing features and comforts to offer, for many boat buyers it’s the smooth, dry ride — an integral part of Parker’s DNA — that’s likely to seal the deal. 

Parker 2200 CC helm seating
A basic leaning post comes standard on the 22, but Parker offers this upgraded version, featuring flip-up bolsters and a fiberglass module. Alex Suescun

Hull Specs

Base Price: $82,486
LOA: 23 ft.
Beam: 8 ft. 6 in.
Transom Deadrise: 17 deg.
Draft: 1 ft. 3 in.
Transom Deadrise: 24 degrees
Dry Weight: 4,624 lb.
Max Headroom: 6’2″
Fuel: 79 gal.
Max HP: 250 hp

Performance

  • Engine: Yamaha F250
  • Load: Two crew, 79 gal. fuel
  • Time to 30 mph: 9.4 sec.
  • Top Speed: 48.9 mph @ 6,000 rpm
  • Best MPG: 3.01 mpg @ 28 mph (3,500 rpm)

Parker Boats – Beaufort, North Carolina; 252-728-5621

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