Feb 8, 2018

Monaro 235S The father and son Dan and Brad Parker with their new Monaro 235 Sport fishing boat

Monaro Marine Ltd. of Richmond, BC, designs and builds its own unique brand of semi-custom 21' to 30' fibreglass powerboats.

To keep up with the trends in the small boat market, the Monaro 235 Sport has been created as an adaptation from the company’s current models. Today's boaters are looking for a low maintenance fuel efficient boat with the comfort and seaworthiness for open water use. This model has been created mainly for day use fishing or commuting, but will have the amenities for limited extended use. Standard power is a Yamaha 250, with the option for other horsepower and brands. Because of the fuel-efficient Monaro hull design only a single engine is required. This provides savings on fuel consumption, motor maintenance, overall weight and upfront cost to power the boat.

The hull shape is based on the Monaro 24 hull, a proven performer. The hull has been shortened by 1-1/2" and stern area cut down to form the swim grid. The keel aft has also been modified. Topside, the deck and cabin have been completely updated and reshaped, however, the boat is still recognizable as a Monaro.

The motor mounts directly on the transom, unlike Monaro’s other models where the motor is mounted to a pod. This makes the overall length close to the 21' outboard model but with performance more similar to the 24' model.

Above deck level, considerable changes have been made. Firstly, the windshield base has been raised 3" and pushed forward 2". This change maximizes space in the cockpit but still leaves 6'3" length in the berth. Secondly, the all-new swim grid is now integrated into the deck and comes with transom door as standard for easy access to the swim grid. Finally, the walkaround deck has been maintained from other models and the bow rail has been extended further aft for added safety.

On the interior, you will now find it almost exclusively finished in gelcoatedfibreglass. This increases longevity of surfaces and reduces maintenance. The floor has been raised to provide the self-bailing feature. For the convenience of reaching the driver and navigator seats the main floor has been extended as far forward as possible. Fibreglass boarding steps are now integrated into the cabinetry for accessing the side decks and double as a footrest. Cabinets are also now fibreglass and integrated into the floor mold. These cabinets have been designed to add an optional sink and 12V fridge. Under the floor aft is a very sizable fish hold. For better balance the large gas tank is located forward of the fish hold with overboard pumpout. In addition, a second fish hold/storage is located under the starboard seating that drains overboard.

The new hard top has also been noticeably reshaped for improved looks and better weather resistance. It is now wider and much longer than its predecessor. The headliner is a molded fibreglass panel with drip edge all around the perimeter to help keep the water out. For those interested in adding radar a pad has been incorporated into the design with a raceway for cables. As a result of the raised floor and to increase headroom, the windshield has also been raised. The access door to the v-berth has been raised 9" and headroom in the berth area has also been increased.

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It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

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