Stratos Boats
Inspiration Runs Deep
Contact: Josh Ward
Blue Heron Communications
(800) 654-3766

MURFREESBORO, TENN. (August 4, 2008) For a quarter century, Stratos Boats has built a legacy based on hand crafted, innovative products for serious fishermen and families alike. Now, celebrating the official launch of their 25th anniversary model year, Stratos introduces the new Evolution 201 and 294XL.

With more space, increased fishability and a host of custom features, the new Stratos Evolution models are designed to capitalize on decades of performance leadership and offer anglers the ultimate fishing experience.

Rated for a maximum 250 horsepower, the 201XL Evolution is built with performance in mind and is available with a wide range of factory-rigged outboards. From a hotrod-inspired instrument panel complete with a full compliment of performance and diagnostic gauges, to a huge front casting deck and 8-foot rod storages – the 201XL Evolution gives competitive anglers a tournament-ready rig focused on fishing.

"The new Evolution models are exactly what our customers and dealers have been asking for," said Stratos Brand Manager Dennis Tobin. "We wanted to respond with a new class of high performance bass boats and knew our design group, led by Alan Stinson, was ready for the challenge. The resulting Evolution models redefine what anglers expect in a competitive fishing rig."

Coming standard with Humminbird 767 electronics, 24-volt Minn Kota Maxxum trolling motor and on-board battery charger, the Stratos 201XL Evolution is loaded with lockable storage and includes an organized center rod locker and tackle management system. The 40-gallon, Flow Rite livewell also features a new acrylic design and comes equipped with a removable divider.

Available in single- and dual-console configurations, carpeted throughout and featuring custom marine upholstery on the driver and passenger bucket seats, the new Stratos 201XL Evolution is specifically engineered to fish the tournament trail. Whether on the water or the RoadArmor-equipped, tandem-axle trailer, complete with oil bath hubs and swing-away tongue, this boat turns heads and takes anglers to their fish with comfort.

Also coming in both single- and dual-console set ups, the 294XL Evolution brings new options to those seeking a 200-horsepower fishing platform geared for performance. With a standard 24-volt Minn Kota Maxxum trolling motor and on-board battery charger, the NMMA-certified 294 XL Evolution makes handling and positioning a breeze, allowing anglers to enjoy the ample front and rear deck space while fishing. With 7-foot rod storage available in port and starboard front-deck rod lockers, ample LED-lighted storage for gear throughout and an insulated cooler, the 294XL Evolution is long on standard features and equipment. A 34-gallon, aerated livewell, integrated boarding ladder and recessed trolling motor foot pedal also help anglers make the most of their valuable time on the water.

With upgraded aesthetic features that include a new instrument panel with multi-function gauges, stainless steel accents and fenders on the trailer, the 294XL Evolution and its single-axle Road Armor Equipped trailer are easy to tow, store and launch and makes a great under-20-foot option for tournament anglers who are serious about competition.

STRATOS 201XL EVOLUTION Overall Length: 20 feet, 9 inches Beam: 96 inches Maximum Horsepower: 250 Fuel Capacity: 50 gallons Total Person, Motor, Gear: 1,635 lbs. Length on Trailer with Swing-Away Tongue Open: 22 feet, 9 inches

STRATOS 294XL EVOLUTION Overall Length: 19 feet, 6 inches Beam: 91 inches Maximum Horsepower: 200 Fuel Capacity: 36 gallons Total Person, Motor, Gear: 1,130 lbs. Length on Trailer with Swing-Away Tongue Open: 21 feet, 6 inches

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 high-quality CP Armorcote gel-coat finish made to withstand the elements.


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