2320 feet Parker SL Sport Cabin 2006
Family owned and operated, Parker Marine has been building “no-nonsense” fishing boats from their Beaufort, North Carolina, boat facility for nearly 40 years. Each boat is designed, built and tested in-house to guarantee that every Parker boat shipped will exceed its owner’s expectations. Parker boats are not only built for the recreational sport fisherman, but also for commercial use and governmental agencies.
The weather on our test day was the perfect blend of everything. The wind, rain and four-foot seas on the Bay provided ideal conditions for testing the new Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin. Chris Martin from Boat and Motor Mart promised me a good test, and he delivered on his promise.
Smooth and Quiet
Powered by the quiet and smooth Yamaha 250 four-stroke, the 4,100-lb. Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin came up on plane fast and level. The “sweet spot” was 26 mph at 4,000 rpm, burning little more than 8.9 gph. At this rate, the potential range is approximately 400 miles, more than enough for a day of salmon fishing outside the Gate. “Twins” are not an option on this model. However, the Yamaha 250 has more than enough horsepower to propel the Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin past the 40 mph mark and still provide excellent fuel economy.
The modified V-hull runs shallow with a 15-inch draft, and cuts the waves crisply with its sharp entry. Despite the nasty chop we experienced, the Parker gave us a dry and comfortable ride. With a 21-degree deadrise, the Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin is a solid and stable performer, whether trolling or on plane.
The weather on our test day was the kind of weather that would keep most fishermen who own center console fishing boats at the dock. However, this “pocket battlewagon” is an all-weather boat. During our test, we remained dry as a bone in the 2320’s sport cabin. The cabin features enough room for four adults, a V-berth with an overhead hatch, and a console that can accommodate a variety of electronics. Visibility from the helm is excellent in all directions thanks to the large windows both fore and aft. On warm days, the side windows can be opened and the cabin door secured in the “open” position to provide ventilation.
A notable option on the Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin is the retractable trim tabs with indicators. When the key is turned off, the tabs retract back to the “neutral” position. This feature assures the operator that when starting the engine, the tabs are up and at the same angle.
Enough Room to Fight
With 80 square feet of space, the 2320’s cockpit has more than enough room to fight! If you desire a cockpit of this size from a leading manufacturer, more than likely you will have to purchase a 30-footer. Equipped with large transom storage boxes, four stainless rod holders and a 210-quart insulated fishbox, the self-bailing cockpit provides all the equipment an angler needs.
Anglers will also appreciate the fact that the cockpit has no boxes, benches or seats to get in the way of a good fight. All equipment, with the exception of the optional livewell, can be stored under deck or in the transom storage boxes, leaving the cockpit obstacle-free. Also, freeboard is low enough to allow the angler to reach down to the water for fish or tackle.
Options range from a cockpit sunshade to a second free-standing console station in the cockpit. Our test boat was equipped with a livewell, coaming pads surrounding the cockpit and a six-rod aluminum rocket launcher. These are options that should be considered by the serious fisherman.
Maintenance, what maintenance? The absence of wood and other materials requiring constant attention make the Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin an easy boat to maintain. All hardware and handrails are made of one-piece stainless steel. When finished with our test, the boat was rinsed with fresh water, the windows were wiped down and I was on my way to the next test.
Safety is also a priority for Parker Marine. Every Parker hull has fiberglass-encapsulated chambers that are injected with high-density flotation foam. Not only is the foam a safety feature keeping the Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin afloat when swamped, it also doubles as sound dampening insulation.
Complete weather protection, low maintenance and quality construction are just a few of the attributes that make this trailerable fishing machine the perfect boat for the Bay and Delta. Actually, the Parker 2320 SL Sport Cabin reminds me of my first car, a 1967 Pontiac. Reliable and built to last, both will have their place in history.
If interested in purchasing a Parker boat, I urge you to check out all of the Parker models at Boat and Motor Mart’s new facility at Oyster Point Marina. Featuring a large indoor showroom and a private launch ramp, Boat and Motor Mart is a “one stop” shop.
PARKER 2320 SL SPORT CABIN SPECIFICATIONS
- Length 23’
- Beam 8’6”
- Draft 15”
- Dry Weight 4,100 lbs.
- Max HP 250
- Fuel Capacity 150 gallons
- Deadrise 21 degrees