The new 222 Sportfish from Pioneer is a versatile fishing platform that exudes high quality from bow to stern.
August 10, 2012
Pioneer’s new 222 Sportfish offers a smooth ride and superb handling.Courtesy Suzuki Marine
The 222 Sportfish from Pioneer Boats can handle outboards up to 300 hp. Our test boat was powered by Suzuki’s new DF300AP with digitial throttle and shift.Courtesy Suzuki Marine
Our test boat attained amazing fuel efficiency, achieving 4.25 mpg at 31.3 mph. With a 105-gallon fuel tank, that equates to a maximum range of 446 miles.Courtesy Suzuki Marine
The cockpit of the Pioneer 222 Sportfish is remarkably large, thanks to a transom design that maximizes deck space in the stern.Jim Hendricks
An optional T-top for the 222 features a hardtop with built-in spreader lights and seven rod holders on the aft edge.Jim Hendricks
The helm of Pioneer’s 222 has abundant space available for flush-mounting one or more electronic multifunction displays. Our test boat featured Teleflex Sea Star hydraulic steering and Suzuki’s digital throttle and shift system, as well as Lenco trim tabs.Jim Hendricks
Flip-up jump seats in the stern quarters create additional seating for crew, but also quickly fold away when the fishing action turns serious.Jim Hendricks
The pod-style base of the leaning-post helm seat incorporates a 32-gallon live well with a clear-acrylic lid. The anodized aluminum frame of the backrest features a quartet of rod holders.Jim Hendricks
A removable cooler forward of the center console doubles as a forward-facing seat with a backrest. There’s also a step-down head compartment inside the console, accessed by a door on the port side.
Anglers will appreciate the stainless-steel grab rail recessed into the bow gunwales of the 222 Sportfish. A voluminous anchor locker resides the forepeak.Jim Hendricks