If you are in the market for a new bay boat, you will be thrilled to know there are numerous well-designed platforms that provide incredibly diverse opportunities. While these hybrids feature advantageous tools like jack plates and shallow water anchoring devices, they really shine when conditions take a turn for the worse.
While fully capable of floating in a foot of water, the latest offerings to the bay boat market are well prepared to slice through chop and knock down spray. If you didn’t get a close look at the last boat show, you need to further investigate the Blackjack 224. This sleek platform brought to us from the Kenner brothers features a 15º deadrise, Carolina bow flare entry and tumblehome at the transom. The end result is a beautifully handcrafted bay boat with striking lines and impressive performance both inshore and offshore.
With a modified V-hull and foam filled stringer system, the Blackjack 224 will take you places you’ve never been. Wide gunnels enable anglers to easily walk around the boat, while the large casting platform with toe kicks provides ample space for multiple anglers. Looking around you will notice the finish work is second to none, with stainless hardware including rod holders, molded-in hinges and pop-up cleats. Twin rod lockers with 9′ capacity will impress fly anglers, while dual re-circulating release wells satisfy tournament competitors and live bait enthusiasts. There’s also a uniquely designed intake system that closely resembles a sea chest. Rather than multiple thru-hulls, this manifold system takes care of all intake systems and remains hidden on the starboard side aft deck. For a versatile boat that will break barriers you need to check out the Blackjack 224! Blackjack Boats, 479.885.0520, k2marine.com
Fuel Capacity 70 gal.
Weight 1,950 lb.
Max HP 250
MSRP (w/250 SHO) $49,995*
*Model shown with optional features
Anglers with a need for speed no longer have to sacrifice power for efficiency. Yamaha’s 4.2L Super High Output offers an unmatched level of performance with hole shot and acceleration comparable to your favorite direct injected two-stroke. In an effort to shave weight, the V MAX 250 features a specially designed engine bracket, cowling and engine pan. Other advancements over the previous model include a high performance lower unit and re-designed forward-mounted water inlets for greater cooling capacity. Special heat-treated gears in the lower unit increase durability, while a 3 year limited warranty provides further peace of mind. For the ultimate control, match a powerful V MAX SHO outboard with Command Link gauges for accurate engine data and real-time system stats. Yamaha, yamahaoutboards.com