Author: Mike Brunn

23 feet Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop 2008

Long known for building boats with sturdy construction and a reasonable purchase price, Trophy has done it again with their “new and improved” Bayliner 2359 Trophy hardtop. Built and developed by fishermen for fishermen, Trophy has long been a highly recognized name in the fishing boat industry.

23 feet Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop 2008 Test Ride

The Trophy division of the Brunswick Family Boat Company provides nothing less than a limited 10-year structural hull warrantee and a one-year parts and components warrantee on every Trophy sold. Not many manufacturers back their products with warrantees of this duration. This is clear evidence that the folks from Trophy truly believe that their product is second to none.

Improved Model

Since our test boat is the first Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop for 2008 to be sent to our dealer in Oakland, I had little input from the dealer as to customer satisfaction comments. However, if the 2359’s past history is any indication, I’m confident that most will find the 2008 model as good as, if not more improved than, previous models.

Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop 2008 Helm

Clearly, the advantage of the Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop for Bay and Delta fishermen is the fact that this is truly an “all weather” fishing boat. The enclosed hardtop provides the needed protection from the elements to keep everybody warm and dry. Additionally, when the aluminum door is closed while underway, the cabin remains surprisingly quiet. I realize that fishing isn’t necessarily about comfort but the more time that I spend on the water, the more comfortable I want to be.

23 feet Bayliner Trophy Hardtop 2008 Layout

Look no Further!

Performance and economy should be a priority for any fisherman looking to buy a new boat. Look no further! Both can be found in the new 2359 equipped with one of the following engine packages: 5.0 MerCruiser Alpha 1 220 HP; 5.0 MPI MerCruiser Bravo III 260 HP; 5.7 MerCruiser Alpha 1 250 HP; or 2.8 Diesel Bravo III 200 HP.

23 feet Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop 2008

Our test boat, equipped with the 5.0 MPI Mercruiser with the Bravo III outdrive, performed perfectly. The 2359 saw speeds in excess of 40 mph at wide-open throttle. However, the peak performance/economy speed was about 25 mph while burning little more than 11 gallons per hour. Equipped with an 87-gallon fuel tank, the 2359 has an approximate range of 165 miles – not too shabby for a 5,200-lb. boat that can accommodate six fishermen.

Quick and Nimble

Not only did the 2359 feel quick and nimble, she felt rock-solid. After a couple of minutes behind the helm, I felt comfortable enough to let her run across the Bay at 30 mph without slowing down for chop or wakes. I was surprised at the “big boat” feel of this 23-foot boat. We experienced very little pounding thanks in part to the 20-degree deadrise in the deep-V hull. Every time the Trophy jumped up, the landing was soft and predictable. Overall, I was very impressed with the performance of the 2359 and wouldn’t hesitate to take her outside the Gate on a less-than-perfect day.

23 feet Bayliner 2359 Trophy 2008 Cockpit

Don’t let the Trophy’s good looks fool you. When you enter the large cockpit, it suddenly becomes apparent that this is a serious fishing machine. The large cockpit features standard side deck rod holders, horizontal-mount rod storage and two 24-gallon fishwells. The removable jump seats are a great idea. They can be easily removed from the aft of the cockpit to provide unencumbered space for fighting the big one. Additionally, I was impressed with the optional bait well and snap-out heavy-duty gunwale cushions.


As mentioned earlier, I want to be comfortable when I’m on the water. I found the Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop’s cabin to be more than sufficient for a day on the water or the occasional overnighter. Located on the portside, the dinette easily converts to a single berth. The starboard side has a small refrigerator, sink and single-burner butane stove.

23 feet Bayliner 2359 Trophy Hardtop 2008 Live Well

From the helm, the oversized windshield provides unobstructed, 360-degree visibility. The helm is large and has enough space to accommodate a multitude of electronics. The powder-coated, aluminum windows slide open for excellent ventilation.

Below, the forward V-berth features a portable head under the center cushion. Our test boat was equipped with the optional marine head with holding tank, pump-out and macerator – not a bad option to consider if you plan on spending some serious fishing time aboard.

I was surprised to find a full-sized berth located on the portside under the dinette. The 2359 has enough sleeping capacity for four average-sized adults. Granted, it could be a little tight, but remember that this is a 23-foot boat.

The 2359 is proof positive that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to have a great fishing boat. Rugged and handsome and trailerable, Trophy’s new 2359 is a great package for under 70k.


  • Length: 23’5”
  • Beam: 8’5”
  • Deadrise: 20 degrees
  • Weight: 5,235 lbs.
  • Draft: 1’7”
  • Fuel Capacity: 87 gallons
  • Holding Tank: 20 gallons
  • Water Tank: 20 gallons is powered by YATCO, the Official MLS of Yachting