Those familiar with Parker Marine boats tend to be big fans. Built in Beaufort, North Carolina, this good-sense family of center console and sport cabin boats are popular in the Pacific Northwest for extended weekend island hopping and chasing down fish in derbies. One such example is the Parker 2530 Extended Sport Cabin, a trailerable sport boat with plenty of versatility.
An outboard model, the 2530 will typically boast one or two engines. A Yamaha 300-horsepower mounted to the extended swimstep is a common and reliable setup. The cockpit itself is deep-set, clearly meant for fishing work. An optional second helm station on-deck will be popular for the drivers who want to be a part of the action, and offers various fishing rod holder options. A high railing supports those who wish to go forward, although you’ll probably do that mostly for anchoring purposes.
The cabin has quite a lot to offer for its size, with a galley to starboard and family-style seating port. The helm station is near the companionway down to the V-berth, which could sleep two in a pinch. There are options between the port-a-potty vs. electric flushing head with holding tank and macerator pump, and no integrated freshwater system vs. full fresh water system. How decked out your 2530 is will depend on your budget and preferences.
Parkers have been the go-to versatile family sport boat and fishing machine for many, and the 2530 seems very much in line with what their fanbase likes. The larger cabin and more luxury options are sure to be appreciated. If interested, you can contact local dealer Inside Passage Yachts for more information and pricing.