I am considering purchasing a Trophy 1903 CC and looking for advice. I currently have a 15 foot Boston Whaler (150 Sport), which I use exclusively for fishing in Falmouth MA (Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay). Because the waters I fish can be a bit choppy, I am looking for a slightly bigger fishing boat that will give a smoother, drier ride. The Trophy 1903 CC was suggested as one possibility and another possibility is the 19 foot Boston Whaler Montauk (190 Montauk). I have no experience with Trophy boats so any advice would be very helpful.
I have a 1998 Trophy 1903. I love the boat, but it is cursed. It kills any engine attached to it.
The boat has a great ride even in rough chop, and is fairly dry. The electrical system is easy to access, but the bilge and aerator pumps are difficult to reach if you have short arms like me. Plenty of storage, but the fish boxes allow water from the deck to leak in, and the drains on mine are up on the side, so a little bit of water is always standing in them.
The boat is great. I just wish I could find an engine that would last. I replaced a 120 Force with a 150 Optimax that died after 2 hours.
I have a 17' montauk and a 1903 trophy wa. I'm sorry but I love my whaler. It's my boat of choice. I can handle it by myself and can go up to 50 miles offshore for about $30.
The Trophy is used for longer trips and over nights at Catalina. I also love this boat. But, it almost always comes in second when picked for quick local trips. There's modifications I had to do to it to get it set up just right for fishing. If you want info and pics on what I did, just pm me and I'll be happy to help you out.
As far as handling in rough water. Yeah, the deeper haul of the Trophy keeps us drier. But the whaler isn't a bad ride either. Slickers are your best friend on either boat in these conditions.