The Sylvan Offshore came into the boating market in 1981 and production of the model ceased in 2002. Over that 21-year span, its aluminum hull varied in length between 17 and 23 feet, and its beam from 6 feet 10 inches to 8 feet 6 inches. In its last incarnation, the 2002 Sylvan 2300 Offshore, amenities and equipment provided boaters with a combination of aluminum-hulled weekender and stout fishing boat.
In the 2002 model year, the 2300 Offshore featured an aluminum hull, rather than fiberglass. The hull was 23 feet 2 inches long with a beam, or width, of 8 feet 6 inches. The hull shape, described as a modified-vee, began with a sharp, V-shaped bottom at the bow. The bottom's shape flattened out, to an almost-horizontal surface, as it approached the boat's stern. This configuration allowed the boat to plane across the water's surface.
The 2300 Offshore was an inboard-outboard design. No engine-and-sterndrive combination was specified; however, a135-horsepower engine -- similar to the Mercruiser 4-cylinder, 3.0 liter engine, coupled to an Alpha One sterndrive -- was the recommended engine, according to the NADA Guide. This engine-drive combination might have been one of the likely options for the 2300 Offshore, since a glance at the 2002 Sylvan catalog makes it clear that Sylvan recommended Mercury power.
The 2300 Offshore was built for weekend-long excursions and fishing. In the cuddy that occupied about the forward third of the boat, you'd find the basics for a short stay aboard: a porta-pottie and V-berth accommodations. If your trip involved fishing, there was sufficient structural support at the stern to install manual downriggers. On deck, there was room to install a small live well and beneath the vinyl deck there lurked an 80-gallon gas tank.
Maintenance and Trailering
The 2300 Offshore's aluminum hull meant a stronger boat, but one that required a freshwater wash down when your excursions carried you into salt water. Regardless of your boating destinations throughout the boating season, winter maintenance required attention to the boat's zincs, to forestall galvanic corrosion on the hull, engine or sterndrive unit. With a displacement weight of only 2,360 pounds when not loaded with fuel and supplies, you'd find the Sylvan 2300 Offshore trailerable.
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