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Stratos Release on Stratos Champion Elite Series


Contact: Josh Ward
Blue Heron Communications
(800) 654-3766
josh@blueheroncomm.com

NEW FOR 2011: STRATOS CHAMPION ELITE SERIES
 
With the 'soul of a predator' and incredible list of features, these aggressive performers are built to devour competition.

FLIPPIN, AR (July 23, 2010) Whether anglers are seeking to strengthen their competitive grip with a proven, performance-driven hull design or looking to upgrade to an aggressive, smooth-riding and luxuriously equipped professional bass boat, the new Stratos Champion Elite Series boats are built to outgun and outperform just about anything on the water.

New to the Stratos lineup for the 2011 model year, the Stratos Champion Elite Series offers three models to suit the needs and personality of any serious bass angler. The widely popular 210, 202 and 183 not only deliver strong notice with the high performance setup of their hull designs but come equipped with top-of-the-line features and accessories making it ideal for professional (or aspiring professional) anglers who want their rig decked out with the latest and greatest fishing-catching gear.

Measuring 20 feet, 10 inches, the Stratos 210 Champion Elite has a 50-gallon fuel capacity; it's rated for 300 horsepower and comes available with a host of precision-matched outboards. Built around the venerable V-Wing hull design that sports the same sleek, aggressive, sports car-inspired body lines that accommodate larger plates, the boat is the rig of choice for today's top professional anglers such as reigning BASS Angler of the Year, Skeet Reese and BASS Elite Series star, Mike McClelland.

"I can't imagine fishing out of anything other than a 210. The 210 is such a phenomenal platform for someone like me who fishes for a living and who can't afford not to have every advantage they can get when they're competing," said Reese. "I'm excited that the 210 and the other great Stratos Champion Elite Series models will be there to help a lot of people catch a lot of fish."

Standard features on the Stratos 210 Champion Elite include a Humminbird 728 with color GPS at the console, Minn Kota Max 80 24V trolling motor with recessed foot pedal, Minn Kota 10x2 onboard charger, 5-inch digital multifunction gauges, LED-lit storage, console and bilge area, tackle organizer and shock-mitigating Aqua Flex bucket seats. Equipped with port- and starboard-side rod lockers capable of holding 7-foot, 6-inch rods and honeycombed with other lockable storage, the rig is available in single- and dual-console configurations offering additional features like a step-up cooler, fold-out footrests, lockable glove box (dual-console configuration only) and integrated storage for cell phones, keys, cameras and tools.

Equipped with the same electronics, custom-designed modular consoles and interior amenities, the 19-foot-8-inch Stratos 202 Champion Elite is built on the same proven hull and is rated for 225 horsepower. Featuring a 10-inch R&R manual jackplate with integrated E Ladder, this rig is also available in single- or dual-console configurations and features both port- and starboard-side rod lockers capable of storing 7-foot, 6-inch rods.

Offering even more options within the Stratos Champion Elite Series, the 183 Champion Elite measures 18 feet, 3 inches and packs the same performance of a proven hull design and the same wealth of electronic and comfort features as the larger models. Rated for 175 horsepower and sporting 40 gallons of fuel capacity, the Stratos 183 Champion Elite comes standard with a 10-inch manual jackplate with integrated E Ladder as well as port- and starboard-side rod storage that can hold rods up to 6-feet, 6-inches.

"You'd be hard pressed to come up with something that the Stratos Champion Elite Series boats don't have," said Stratos Brand Manager Jason Bragg. "Stratos owners want a boat that suits their personality: aggressive, high performance and built to get the job done. These boats have everything an angler needs to be successful on the water with an incredible amount of top-shelf standard equipment and the unparalleled performance of a proven hull."

The Champion Elite Series models come paired with a custom-built Road Armor-equipped trailer. Designed to perfectly match the boat, the Stratos Champion Elite Series trailers are equipped with LED lights, aluminum wheels and a COOL Hub® lubrication system as standard equipment. Custom aligned with individually balanced wheels, the trailers feature swing jacks that retract flush to the frame and locking, swing-away tongues. With stainless steel fenders and matching spare, the trailer delivers peace of mind when towing and complement the striking good looks of the Stratos Champion Elite Series boats.

2011 STRATOS 210 CHAMPION ELITE
Overall Hull Length: 20 feet, 10 inches
Beam: 95 inches
Maximum HP: 300
Fuel Capacity: (1) 50-gallon tank
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1525 lbs.



2011 STRATOS 202 CHAMPION ELITE
Overall Hull Length: 19 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 95 inches
Maximum HP: 225
Fuel Capacity: (1) 50-gallon tank
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1500 lbs.

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2011 STRATOS 183 CHAMPION ELITE
Overall Hull Length: 18 feet, 3 inches
Beam: 93 inches
Maximum HP: 175
Fuel Capacity: (1) 40-gallon tank
Total Persons/Motor/Gear: 1475 lbs.

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About Stratos
Stratos Boats, are built with 100 percent composite construction to provide maximum performance and comfort. Every Stratos® Boat is backed by a limited lifetime warranty on the hull. Each boat is produced with a premium-quality gel-coat finish - made to withstand the elements. Stratos®, Champion® and Elite® are registered trademarks.

http://www.stratosboats.com/article.cfm?storyid=18

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Re: Stratos Release on Stratos Champion Elite Series


Not bashing the Stratos but....Why on a 21(almost) foot bassboat can you only put 7-foot, 6-inch rods in the rod box???? emoticon

On the 18 footer only 6-foot, 6-inch rods???? emoticon emoticon

I figured they could hold alot longer rods?
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Good question! All my baitcasters are 7' and my boat's only 18'5". Got 7 of 'em in the locker now along with 3 6'6" & 1 6'10" spin rods. emoticon

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Exactly emoticon
I have mostly 7 foot rods and a 7ft 10in flippin rod. My boats only 18 and a half and they all fit in there. emoticon
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The people to compare those notes with has to be the Champion guys.

The lines of the hull are obviously NOT those of a Stratos hull, regardless of the brand name they carry. I don't say that to indicate a bad thing - just a commentary, if you will, on the whole Champion brand elimination following the Genmar sale and reconfiguration. It's then relative for comparison of these "Elite" models.

Bluntly, I see it as an attempt to maintain some brand loyalty with the Champ owners. I'm not familiar with the model numbering system of Champions but these obviously aren't traditional Stratos model numbers. Not saying that's a bad thing either but calling them a Stratos is an insult to our intelligence in a manner of speaking.

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