Polar 2300 Center Console
Length overall  23'4"
Beam  8'6"
Draft  20"
Dry Weight (w/o motors)  3,237 lb
Base Power (w/o motors)  $22,430

There's a handy set of tackle drawers behind the helm seat and space underneath to stow a portable 90-quart cooler.

If you're not familiar with Polar's line-up of well built and well mannered saltwater fishing boats, you're in for a treat. Polar is built by Dynasty Boats in Vinemont, Ala., part of Godfrey Marine, the Indiana-based manufacturer of pontoon boats, deck boats, and affordable freshwater fishing boats. The Polar saltwater center-console fleet comprises five models, from 17 to 27 feet long. I had a chance to run the 2300 CC in Miami and was quite impressed with the experience.

The hull is built of composite fiberglass with an integrated one-piece fiberglass stringer system,no wood at all. There's positive flotation and the fiberglass inner liner deck is bonded to the hull for structural integrity that adds to the solid feel of the ride. The 2300 is available with either single or twin outboard applications. Note that the console is set relatively far forward, creating a better balance for the heavier four-stroke engines.

The self-bailing cockpit features port-and-starboard insulated fishboxes set in the sole, each a full five-and-a-half feet long, macerated with overboard drains. The high freeboard gunwales are padded with thigh-high bolsters. There's rod storage under each gunwale, plus stainless steel toe rails. Each of the gunwale-mounted rod holders has its own overboard drain.

The one thing I didn't like is that the battery switches are inside a hatch in the transom, placed so you have to reach over the batteries to get to them.

This model had an optional tackle storage unit in the back of the leaning post. A portable 90-quart cooler sits neatly underneath the helm seat. The removable backrest fits into the rod holders. This can also be used as a backrest for the bench seat over the transom-mounted bait well. The transom boasts a bait prep station with a small sink with a 13-gallon freshwater tank, with fresh- and saltwater washdowns. The lighted, circulating bait well is huge,a full 48-gallons.

The console is elevated several inches from the deck, eliminating that messy caulked seam and creating a lip in the cockpit sole for a toe space and a place to install recessed lighting. I admired one particularly neat touch: The Plexiglas windshield is removable, held in place by wing-nut-like fasteners.
Inside the console, there's six feet of headroom, and it's all fiberglass lined for easy cleaning. It's available with a portable toilet or an optional VacuFlush system with a 12-gallon holding tank with a pump-out.

There's one step up to the foredeck, breaking right at the console. There's a comfortable seat in front of the console and a raised bow casting deck with low-profile bow rails. The casting deck comes with a cushion to provide additional seating. The hatches all have recessed stainless hinges.

Heading out across Biscayne Bay, we settled on 4000 rpm as a cruising speed and got a GPS reading of 23.5 knots, then headed out through the inlet to the wide open, blue sea, leaving the Miami Beach skyline behind us. We opened up and adjusted both the standard Lenco trim tabs and the altitude on the twin Yamaha 115-hp outboards to get a top speed of 37 knots at 5800 rpm with three people on board and about 120 gallons of fuel in the single 150-gallon tank. The wind was calm and the sea was a lot smoother than it was inside the inlet. The 21-degree deadrise hull tracked sure and true, behaved well in the wallows, took the wakes and waves with easy landings and provided tight, well controlled turns. Overall, it was quite a fun ride.