You can see the speedboat heritage in the lines of the Velocity 220 Bay, but that’s not why you’ll want this boat. You can see the comfort in this builder’s use of uber-cushy seat cushions and a 22-degree deadrise hull, but again, that’s not why you’ll get this boat. Unlike the Velocity Powerboats of years past, you’ll want the 220 Bay for one simple reason: it’ll help you slay more fish.
Although the main mission of this boat is bay-style angling, however, those other perks will be appreciated. Who doesn’t want to look good and be comfortable while they run from hotspot to hotspot? One unique way Velocity keeps the captain and one passenger content is with their “Comfort Helm,” which has a pair of flip-up bolsters that lets you stand tall, lean back, sit down, and otherwise adjust your back support and legroom. The other passengers aboard will be more interested in the flip-up jump seats built into the aft casting deck, and the forward console seat. Another unusual way the boats’ comfort-factor gets boosted is with an optional adjustable windshield, which you can lower or raise as needed. And there’s one final way the 220 Bay puts you at ease: Velocity gives you a wood-free no-rot lifetime limited hull warranty.
Comfort and peace of mind are great, but catching fish is even better. So the 220 Bay comes with a pair of lighted (smallish, 10 gallon) livewells, a pair of seven foot locking rod lockers, a pair of under-gunwale rodracks, and a tackle station built into the back of the leaning post. That tackle station is a lot more substantial than most found on boats of this size, with four slide-in tackle boxes and gobs of bulk stowage. After sliding the net under the catch, you can chill it down in any one of the three integrated fishboxes. Fly guys will particularly like the forward casting deck, since it has a molded toe-kick raised around the edges and the flip-up cleats sit flush until you need them.
|Fuel capacity||72 gal.|
MSRP on the Velocity 220 Bay is right around $67K with a 200-hp Verado, which may seem on the steep side of average in today’s market. But that the price tag includes a tandem axel aluminum trailer, with brakes. Other big-ticket items that often add to the cost of competitors include things like a jack plate, a four speaker JL Audio stereo system, a tilt wheel, and cockpit lights.
Although this is the first Velocity to focus on fishing, performance is still quite spicy. With a 200-hp Mercury on the transom Velocity says the 220 Bay pops onto plane in 2.5 seconds and will hit a top-end of about 55 MPH. Dial it back to the low 40’s, and you can cruise along while getting 3.8 MPG. Although the boat has a steep 22-degree deadrise, hull draft is still just one foot. That means you’ll have no trouble sneaking into those tight cuts and back-water hot-spots. And yeah—you will look good and be comfortable, while you do it.
Other Choices: Another couple other zippy but fishy bay boats that travels the same waters are the Pathfinder 2300 HPS and the Ranger 220 Bahia.
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