Boat has been great, absolutely
no issues. Runs 73 mph with a 200 E-Tec and a 6" jackplate. Has a
good ride in big water, good fishing platform. Ordered new in '05 with
all the upgrades, will upgrade to a bigger Stratos in the future.
Scott - WI
2005 Stratos 294 Pro XL w/200 Evinrude
Just traded for the boat last
week (2/22/10). It has a great ride in choppy water. Loaded both fuel
tanks and with two of us it topped out at 65 mph. This boat gets on
plane and rides better than my last Skeeter. I wish I could afford to
buy a new one but since I have less than a thousand dollars in it I am
Puddle Jumper - MS
1988 Stratos 201 Pro w/200 Suzuki DT
I have had her for 16 years,
never failed me. She still makes the heart skip when she is cleaned up.
We have fished 17 states including Kennebec river out in the Atlantic
for stripers. The gulf for tarpon and trout out of Ft.Myers, Fla.
Original motor NO problems other than when I tagged a stump and had to
get a new lower unit. I mention Dale Hollow and smallmouth and I swear
she shines prettier and the depthfinders kick on :). Great Boat
and Motor best buy of my life.
Stratosjoe - IL
1993 Stratos 274 VF w/150 Johnson Silver Star
Big front deck..Super big
livewell--25" Fury prop, very fast out of the hole, top end 73 mph,
flat no walk. Took time to get her to run flat, also very good with 27
Tempest. Evolution, best looking boat on the water. Lowrance 520c got
water in it, had to send it back.
DKinney - OR
2009 Stratos 294xle w/200 Merc
Just bought it, I'll let you
know after this weekend. I can say it's a big step up from my Nitro 750.
LostinAlabama - AL
2008 Stratos 201 XLDC w/250 Yamaha
Just bought it on Jan 5th, 2009
out of GA. Test drove it on Lake Lanier and WOW never been on a faster
rig. Now in Rhode Island sitting in my garage. I sit on it every night
since I got it.
I will report back in the spring time!!!
Mike the worm - RI
2007 Stratos 201 Pro XL w/250 Yamaha
Great boat for the money, has
everything on it that a lot of the big boats have. It takes big water
like a champ. So far it has been a joy to run and fish out of. Plenty of
storage! Only dislike is when the boat is covered with boat cover it
seems to build up a lot of fuel odors inside most every compartment. I
really don't remember my old 201 doing this. But I'm going to add one
more vent to tank and maybe even a deck vent of some kind. When out on
the water you can't notice any smell at all. It's still a thrill for the
JandB Fishin - TN
2007 Stratos 285 ProXL w/150 Yamaha
Dislikes: Worst chine walking boat that I have ever drove. I am
getting the chine worked out, but man it can get away from you. It is a
true 80 mph boat. I have had it to 76 mph. Great boat
Josh M - OH
2006 Stratos 200 Pro XL w/225 Evinrude E-Tec
This boat has everything that
the much more expensive companies offer. It is heavier than most, which
makes it hold the water very well. Boat tops out at 78 mph with myself,
my partner and all our fishing gear. I recommend getting a tandem
trailer, it's worth the extra cash. Overall I love it! Many of my
friends (Bullet, Ranger, 201 Pro, Triton owners) have all fished out of
it and wish they had bought a 294 and saved about ten grand! Feel free
to email me if you have questions!
Offbelew27 - VA
2007 Stratos 294XL w/200 Merc
I've had this boat for two
years, runs great 70+ mph, 200 Ficht runs great, the Lord blessed me
with a wonderful boat.
Dislikes: Backwash, coming of plane backwash is a big problem,
other than that it's great.
Tugnduke - FL
2000 Stratos 19SS Extreme w/200
This is the best ride I've been
in. Rough water is no problem, good holeshot no matter load or
altitude. Runs fast, smooth and dry no matter conditions. Built very
well, great standard features. Customer service has been outstanding
from Stratos and dealer.
Only dislikes: 1. That I didn't buy one of these sooner, 2. BRP decal
blew off motor when running full tilt.
Left Coast - OR
2005 Stratos 201 Pro XL w/225 Evinrude E-Tec
Great boat, not the fastest but
when it gets rough I can still run 60 mph when Bullets & Blazers
have to slow down. A very safe boat to drive. May update to E-Tec 225 HO
to save on fuel and have more power.
Stratos22ssextreme - GA
2000 Stratos SS Extreme w/225 Johnson
Likes: Handles and rides
like a bigger boat, layout is good, plenty of leg room while driving.
46 mph with 2 guys and loaded.
Dislikes: Lays to the left until WOT.
Jimmy - FL
1989 Stratos 269 17 ft. w/Evinrude
I really like the way the boat
handles rough water for its size. Very happy with the performance,
very quick on pad. Boat is very fishable. Dislike the rod storage, but
that's my fault.
Bought dual console instead of single, not long enough for 7'
rods. I really like the motor, I have always had Mercs before.
Wish I would have waited for the VMax, just to try it out.
Dislike all the electrical issues I have had. First year and a half
replaced all 3 batteries twice, replaced onboard charger, replaced
trolling motor and replaced a couple of the gauges.
Luckily all covered under warranty. Nervous now about the stress
cracks showing up on the deck. All in all, very happy with the
Bass-n-fire (fcapt608) - TX
2003 Stratos 185 w/150 Merc
Like the way it rides and
performs out of the hole. Dislike the balance of the boat for top end,
too much plowing for such a small boat and a 70 hp.
Twoscoots - NC
1989 255 Stratos w/70
I just bought this model and
will not be picking her up until the end of March. Added lights in the
storage areas. No jackplate. Company claims not needed with this new
hull. Replaces the 195 ProXl. I will have to update new info after I get
her on the water.
Eastern Angler - PA
2005 Stratos 294 ProXL w/200 Evinrude
I love the boat and have sent
prop to DAH to have tuneup for the boats. It is dry and smooth.
The motor is easy to start and has not given me a minute of trouble and
don't know if I will ever trade it or not, would like to have a new 201
but sure it would be as good.
Richard - IN
1997 Stratos 201DC w/200
Like the awesome stability.
Nice huge storage compartments. Love my little cooler area.
The hull planes out in 3 seconds because of the initial 8"
setback. Hull design can't be beat.
I'm running 48 mph with 2 men aboard and half a tank.
Dislike: Could only afford the 90 Johnson.
Muskyman75 - IL
2004 Stratos 275 ProXL w/90
Excellent handling boat.
Takes wakes like cutting soft butter, turns on a dime at high speeds,
great holeshot, comfortable dry ride at any speed. Performance
excellent. Ficht is quiet, smooth and quick. Like driving it
as much as fishing out of it! Would not hesitate to buy another!
WSchmahl - NE
2002 Stratos 18 XLDC w/150
The boat moves and holds water
better than anything I've been in, had a 201, been in a lot of Rangers,
Nitros, Champions, Skeeters, etc. No chine walk at 75+ and feels
like a sports car ride. Better at rough water than all mentioned,
it's a great boat.
Quality seems good but haven't been fishing in it enough to respond to
Too much hard water up here! I miss my Johnson trolling motor but
the MinnKota will be good once I use it enough.
The storage on this boat is unbelievable! Any contact with Stratos
has been outstanding and they get back immediately. Looking
forward to a good season.
Backlash - IL
2002 21 XLDC Stratos w/250
I like the boat itself, it is
pretty solid throughout, I dislike the fact that it is a dual console
and does not have a running rod rack for the passenger to store his
rods. The motor is a HUGE disappointment. Engine cylinders
blown twice within 3 years! No warranty due to age and OMC
problems. Already spent 4K repairing first blown engine. I'm
considering putting a black engine on the back of this boat before I
spend any more money on this motor.
It would be hard to persuade me to purchase another Evinrude regardless
of who owns them now.
MikeS - NY
1997 Stratos 285PE w/150 Evinrude
Gotta be honest, I will say
this. The boat itself handles great. Fast and stable....well
planned out design, great looks, thoughtful features.... It is a
big water boat for sure and has a great layout.
The Yamaha 250 engine itself is a work horse and really like it - not an
issue with it.
Just wish the minor, quality issues could be resolved quickly and not be
dragged out. I also wish the customer service aspect were a requirement
of a dealer. Jeesh. They have a way of making you feel like
you stole the boat from them....
I also have yet to feel like a priority to any dealer. If my boat
is down, I miss tournaments, in my club and on trails.
A word to the wise. Test drive the model you want first. And
when your boats arrives, DO NOT SIGN until you thoroughly review it and
again...TEST DRIVE IT. Had I insisted on this, I would not have
had any issues.
BK - New England
2002 Stratos 21 XL Magnum w/250 Yamaha
I like the storage and the way
the boat looks. I will never purchase another Stratos again, had
boat for 8 months, only 2 times did it not break down. I will say
thay have great customer service from the factory. Motor was
Basscatnow - VA 2000
Stratos 20 SS Extreme w/225 Johnson
I had a 1993 201 Pro Stratos with a 200. That boat
would run faster and smoother than the 21SS. I too wish I have my old
Timbo - VA
2000 Stratos 21 SS
I am very pleased with motor. OMC has done well
with this one. Fuel mileage is great. Starts easy, just turn the
key, no pumping bulb or choking.
Not at all pleased with boat. Hull design is not good. Boat
lays bad to left, no lift, slow out of the hole and very sluggish at
slow speeds (below 50 mph). I had 1988 201 Pro for 12 years prior.
This boat was one of the finest boats made. Superior hull design!
I have bass fished for 30 years, club, federation and buddy
tournaments. So I have seen and been in a lot of boats on all
kinds of water. First bass boat was 1974 tri hull Ranger with 85
Johnson. Wish I had 201 Pro back!!
David - NC
2000 Stratos 21 SS Extreme w/225
Great boat, it's my second Stratos and my first new
one and I'm not impressed with the trailer. I've got cracks on both
sides of the trailer by the back lights. Warranty work already !!
- Ontario 2000 Stratos 295 ProElite w/ 175