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Old 08-31-2021, 07:17 PM
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Default Any Warrior 238 owners who can give a report?

Anyone with a Warrior 238 than can give a “how you like it so far” report? I am interested in one. I am wondering if anyone has the 300 Verado on it and how it does. I realize its not a 450 and I am aware of the golden rule on HP but input regarding the 300 or 400 would be welcomed. How is the ride? 208 vs 238? And so on. Any input greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-01-2021, 06:47 AM
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Not sure how much this helps, but I have a friend who went from a 208 to a 238. He loves it and is glad to have gone bigger. Caveat however--he runs a 450 and fishes big water pretty much exclusively so it fits for him. It's definitely a big boat, but not unwieldly from my perspective.
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Old 09-01-2021, 07:58 AM
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The 238 is a monster! It would be the first boat on my list for sure.


Now even though I want to always go as fast as possible, I would still probably get one with the 400 vs the 450 for a few reasons.


The 450 is sweet on that rig, but $25-30K extra and have heard of upwards of a year + (even have heard 2 years) to actually get one right now doesn't interest me at all for a couple of miles per hour more. Also the warranty isn't as good as the 400. Fuel Economy would be something to look at but again, you better be getting way better with that 450 to make it worth the extra hefty price tag which I just cant see being worth it.


I have a buddy who is ordering his with the 400 as well. I think you would be happy overall with it. Those things run big water like no other boat I have ever gotten to see so far. Lots of space, storage and everything.



But heck, if you got the money and money is no object, V238 and a 450 it would be!
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Old 09-01-2021, 02:46 PM
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There is a post from 8/9 called Verado reliability. It really gets deep into the horse power topic and comparisons. Some really good info there.
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Old 09-02-2021, 11:20 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys. Anyone with 300 Verado experience in a 238?

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Old 09-02-2021, 12:34 PM
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Thanks for the responses guys. Anyone with 300 Verado experience in a 238?

FN
I’m not positive, but I don’t think such a combo exists.

I’ve never seen one on their Facebook page or the owners group page, and they usually post pics of every boat as it leaves the factory. Every 238 I’ve seen so far has either the 400 or the 450 on it.

The 300 might work, they’re impressive performers, but the 238 is a big boat, and 100HP is a 100HP. I think you’d probably be better served with the 400…

I was hoping to get out in a 238 at Warrior fest this year, but yet again, we weren’t allowed to cross the border, so it’ll have to wait another year.

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Old 09-02-2021, 01:14 PM
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There was only one made that I saw on Warrior's Facebook. I think it went through Kovash Marine. Early in the production run, beginning of this year. Vast majority are running the 400.

Try talking with Warrior direct maybe?
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Old 09-02-2021, 01:49 PM
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I had a long talk with Kent at Warrior and he was very enthusiastic about the 300 Verado. Unless you want top speed the 300 is the way to go in his opinion. More cubic inches, less weight and normally aspirated. Torque for holeshot seems to be better in the 300 than the 400 from the reading and research I have been doing. The 400 shines on the top end.

The speeds he told me from testing were

300 46-49mph
400 52-56mph

Same speeds at the same cruise RPM.

Anyway, I was wondering if any of you have real word experience. My desires are good holeshot with a load and a good cruise without the engine working too hard. Fuel economy is a factor but not a great factor.

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Old 09-06-2021, 08:18 PM
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I wish you luck with the research that you are doing on the 238. I run a 250 suzuki on 203. Love my boat. When I was doing my research the Suzuki ran at 50 on the nose. The 300 Suzuki was a 54 mph boat and the Mercury 300 was a 56 mph on the 203. I beleive the numbers for the 300 on the 238 but I feel like you won't be happy with that motor on that boat. It will be a wave crusher and you will be able to travel faster in rough water than I will in my 203. I kind of feel like as you hit 40 ...... 41 ......... maybe 42 the last little bit of the push on the throttle to get to 46 might be tough. You will work that motor hard if you want to be traveling in the lower 40's. When spending a 100,000 or more I would have the higher horsepower motor. You may eventually want to sell this boat and that may be a hard thing to do. And sometimes I am just wrong too. Best of luck in your research and hopefully future purchase.


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Old 09-06-2021, 08:33 PM
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I want one!

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