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#11366122 - 01/23/16 10:04 PM Finally finished updating '98 champion 202
big21 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/24/10
Posts: 558
Picked up this 1998 champ 202 in September of last year. It had not been fished out of in 7 years and wasn't used much before that. It's one of the cleanest older boats I've ever seen. When I got it, it had original tmotor, sonars (minus a modern flasher in the dash) and all original interior. Everything was the same as it was in 1998. I waged back and forth on selling it and buying a newer boat or keeping it and updating it. I chose to update it since it was such a cool old boat. The updates include: new 82# digital tour tmotor, new batteries, recessed the foot pedal in front deck, humminbird 899si on front, 998si on dash, 6" atlas, 12' Talon, and sold the old efi then bought a 2004 225 opti. I've done other small things to it like replace pumps, new trailer lights etc but that was most of the big changes. Today was first day out with all of it on there and it is a fun boat to fish out of. Just wanted to post pics my fishing partner and myself have put a lot of work into this boat. Between the two of us I think it's the oldest boat either one of us has ever owned but by far one of the coolest.









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#11366204 - 01/23/16 11:34 PM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
toddfish Offline
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Registered: 02/13/10
Posts: 1323
Loc: East Montgomery County
Super nice!

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#11366223 - 01/24/16 12:08 AM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
jsanford Offline
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Registered: 01/11/14
Posts: 13
Loc: Texas
Nice work

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#11366286 - 01/24/16 05:26 AM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
Luke57 Online   content
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1552
Loc: Aledo Tx
Great job
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#11366422 - 01/24/16 08:44 AM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 41624
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Nicely done! Also nice boat. cheers
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#11367010 - 01/24/16 02:37 PM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
RedEar12 Offline
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Registered: 11/30/15
Posts: 761
The 202 was one of the best narrow beams ever made. Very nice ride.

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#11367028 - 01/24/16 02:49 PM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
TxDanFishMan Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 375
Loc: Keller, Texas
Cool boat and nice job on the updates.
Looks like you're set for years to come.
Go get 'em!
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#11367151 - 01/24/16 03:47 PM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: TxDanFishMan]
big21 Offline
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Registered: 07/24/10
Posts: 558
Originally Posted By: TxDanFishMan
Cool boat and nice job on the updates.
Looks like you're set for years to come.
Go get 'em!


I agree. I've never liked a skinny boat but the front deck is so long it's really pretty comfortable to fish out of. I had a 206 elite and loved the room in it but this 202 is a lot more fun to drive
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#11367165 - 01/24/16 03:53 PM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
big21 Offline
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Registered: 07/24/10
Posts: 558
Got it washed today and took some better pics. It's hard to believe the boat shines as good as a new one


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#11367209 - 01/24/16 04:17 PM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
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Registered: 01/05/09
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Loc: Centex
Nice
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#11369118 - 01/25/16 01:08 PM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
Red Too Offline
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Registered: 06/13/14
Posts: 213
Sweet ride!!

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#11370863 - 01/26/16 07:34 AM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
txmark1959 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/19/12
Posts: 1174
Loc: Onalaska, TX
Beautiful rig.....well done!!!!
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#11371050 - 01/26/16 08:39 AM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
bradnitro175 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/11/08
Posts: 4549
Loc: Dallas,tx
Sweet looks brand new.
make sure you seal that trolling tray and foam up really good

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#11373534 - 01/27/16 09:25 AM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
Jaguar6 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/16/14
Posts: 745
Loc: Mesquite, TX
You got you a heck of a ride there man! Still looks brand new and the updates are top notch! That 225 Opti will run and gun all day! Congrats and good job on a fantastic boat.
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#11373751 - 01/27/16 10:43 AM Re: Finally finished updating '98 champion 202 [Re: big21]
JIM SR. Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 6937
Loc: NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
that dog'll hunt..!! fish

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