The hook was only in the earlier 07 200s and pretty much just shaved a couple mph off, if that. The boat is a great performer...all Champion! If you have further questions, etc, please post in a new thread. Questions tend to get lost when they are posted in a pinned thread.
Amazing post, thank you so much for the history lesson. I am currently on my fourth champ, it's a 2001 203 with a 2003 225 opti. and I am the original owner. I also owned a '88 super vee I think it was called with a 200 merc, that was my first boat and the best riding boat I have ever been in. Then i had a '95 202with a 200 mariner efi, and a '96 202 with same motor. I am currently looking at buying a basscat as my 203 is showing it's age. Lots of stress cracks due to Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. After reading this I can tell you that if I had the facility and skills to do so, I would be doing a rehab job on the 203. I hope I don't regret selling it!!!! I miss the 202's they would eat up my 203 top end with 25 less hp! I have to add that they replaced the '95 with the '96 and the '96 with the 203 due to stress cracks in the hull. Ken Ellis was the rep for my area and went out of his way to keep me happy. So sad to see good companies go under and good products get absorbed by greedy corporate conglomerates!!! As much as I love champions, (that's all I've owned) I honestly can't see myself buying the stratos, I just hope I will be happy with my cat when I get it. I never get tired of taking people out and showing them how these boats can turn a 180, and stop the way they do. I remember being on a house boat trip on cumberland in the late 90's I took my 202 so we could ski, but I think I spent more time taking friends for rides and doing 180's than we did skiing!! One of my buddies had a ski nautique and said my champ turned better than his ski boat. I also remember a time on Lake St. Clair when a big wind came up and we were in canada 20 miles from the launch coming back right across the middle of the lake in honest 5 footers, I passed a 26' sea ray and when we got back the guy in the sea ray just couldn't believe what he had seen. He says to me, How's your back, how can you not be wet!!! I miss that '88, some punk kid rear ended me and launched it into the bed of my truck, nose of boat sticking through the back window. Insurance totalled it and let me keep it but the transom was cracked, wish I would of had it fixed and kept it. Guy I sold it to, fixed it and ran it for another 6 years.
castforcash, your story reminds me of the day a buddy and i were fishing for redfish in Calliou Lake down in coastal louisiana. the lake is wide open and only about 8' deep. when a squall hits it, the lake turns to some extremely nasty chops. the biggest I have ever seen. Shrimp boats have sunk in this lake due to the wind. well when it hit the fan were were about 4.5 miles from the safety of the camps on grand pass. we had no choice but to run as fast as we could that way due to the 3 water spouts coming from the opposite direction. we locked the lids, put on the life jackets, and ran for our life. my little 181 ate the lake up. we were passing 20' to 24' bay boats like they were stopped. their jaws dropped as we went buy. we were one of the furthest boats out and one of the last boats to head for safety, yet we were one of the first to make it into the pass. the looks on some of those guys faces as we passed them up was priceless.
Thanks Pat for a great history on the Champs and in bassboating in general. I really enjoyed reading it as it brought back some memories of the past. The first bass boat I ever owned was a 1972 Terry Bass 162 Pro. It was a tri-hull and served me well for several years. Have owned several Skeeters including the Starfire 175 and got my 1997 Champion 191 Elite in 2000. It has been without a doubt, the best boat I have ever owned. Fast, handles well, and just a great fishing platform. Been tempted to upgrade but can't seem to part with what I've got. Hense, my restoration project.
Btw, did you ever know a Skeeter demo driver by the name of Roy Hill. Don't know what happened to him. He was with Skeeter for several years along with Alan Stinson. My sister in law worked for Skeeter in Kilgore for many years. The Skeeter plant was orginally located in Longview before moving into the old Levi building in Kilgore.
Again thank for a great post.
Wow what a thread ! I'm looking to buy an 89 184 SCR this week and bring it back to life this winter. I've owned Ranger's, Stratos and Pro craft's in the past, I've only fished out of a few champion boats in the past, always loved the ride and all around setup of a champion. Like in the stories, like many, I was suckered into the power of advertising and bought what I thought was the best. My last 2 boats were ranger then Stratos in that order, ranger was lost in a divorce and the Stratos was something quick to me back on the water. Prior to buying the Stratos was when I had my champion boat experiences and was really blown away! The Stratos is gone and I've been researching and looking for an late 80's early 90's 18'-19' champion to bring back to life. Hopefully the 89 184SCR checks out and I can join the champion family. I know this thread is old but very good info for someone looking to buy a champ,!
Great history story on the Champ. I bought and owned for 10 years an '90 176 with the XR-4. Loved the performance, used to 'slalom" up the pomme arm channel at truman lake. It did sit 'nose high" in the water tho, making TM control in the wind a chore.