Pathfinder 2400 TRS Review (Pros, Cons, Specs, And More)
It’s boat review time!
Many people have been asking us about doing more boat reviews and today, it’s finally happening!
We just got a brand new Pathfinder and in this video, we’re breaking down:
- Why we chose a Pathfinder over the other options
- What we like about it (and what we think could be better)
- What tools and gadgets we added after we got it
- And much more
Check out the full review below!
P.S. We’re not sponsored by Pathfinder or any of these other companies (we paid for this boat and all the extras with our hard-earned money), so you can be sure this is an unbiased review.
Pathfinder 2400 TRS Review [VIDEO]
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Why We Chose Pathfinder
A few months ago, Joe did a podcast with Harry Spear, a professional custom boat builder.
Joe asked him what boat he recommended for us and he said a Pathfinder all day.
It’s a great boat and it has really high resale value.
In addition to Harry’s recommendation, they’ve been making boats for a long time and it shows in the little details.
From the quiet hatches to the recessed cleats to the endless storage, it’s a quality boat and we’re glad we chose it.
Now, let’s get into some of the major things we liked about it.
It’s got a 40-gallon livewell in the back, as well as a 15-gallon livewell in the front for easy access.
There’s also a second option for a smaller livewell in the back.
We decided instead to turn that into a storage compartment that I plan to use for my cast net.
Easy Access To Electronics
There are many hatches that allow you to easily access the pumps, electronics, filters, and batteries.
It’s a mechanics dream and it’ll save you lots of headaches.
There’s storage everywhere you look and it’s more storage than I could ever use.
Cast nets, life jackets, snacks, drinks, personal items, and everything else you could bring on a boat all have a place here.
There are also plenty of rod holders, so unless you’re a bass guy fishing a tournament with 100 rods, you’ll be have enough of rod holders.
The console comes with a Garmin touchscreen depth finder and GPS navigation.
There are a few options for the screen size, but we went with the 12-inch screen so we’ll be able to see more when we’re out nearshore reef fishing.
It’s also well designed with comfortable spacing between the seat and the console, and a recessed space underneath it so you can put your toes under and stand close to it.
Finally, the jackplate control is underneath the steering wheel, so I can move the motor up and down without taking my hand off of the wheel.
I’ve already done some cobia and triple tail fishing with this boat and the tower is amazing.
You’ve got a great view into the water that makes it much easier to find fish.
It’s also got four rod holders and two cup holders.
The only thing it’s missing is a second depth finder and, according to Joe, a sound system.
Pathfinder 2400 TRS Specs
Here are the specs of this boat, according to the Pathfinder website:
- LOA: 23′ 11″
- Beam: 8′ 6″
- Draft: 12″
- Weight (approx. with engine): 3,300
- Fuel capacity: 73 gallons
- Deadrise: 15 deg
- Maximum HP: 300 hp
- Maximum capacities: 9 persons or 2,000 lbs
Pathfinder 2400 TRS Accessories
Here’s what we got to fully outfit the boat:
If you’re using your boat for inshore fishing, a trolling motor is crucial.
It lets you move around much quieter than your outboard motor and gets you in position to catch fish.
I chose the Motor Guide Xi5 with 105 lbs of thrust.
It’s my first time with a remote and so far I’ve been very happy.
And as far as the Minn Kota vs. Motor Guide debate, this Motor Guide Xi5 is the quietest trolling motor I’ve used so far.
I’ve got a Yamaha four stroke 300 on this boat.
It’s also got a jackplate, which is helpful for when you’re navigating shallow water.
We went with an eight-foot Power-Pole.
We had the option to go with a six or 10-foot pole, but I decided to go with the eight because it sits about as high as my motor, so it’s not sticking too high up
As far as one vs. two Power-Poles, here’s why we decided to go with one:
- It’s cheaper (we’re not sponsored by Power-Pole, so we had to pay for it ourselves)
- I do lots of power fishing where I’m using the trolling motor to cover ground and find fish
Two Power-Poles are more for live bait guys who want to keep their boat pinned down without swinging around and pitch their baits to a particular spot.
Plus, there’s a much cheaper option for a second Power-Pole: a stick anchor.
Stick anchors are cheap and easy to stick in the ground, so if I ever do need to pin the boat in a spot, I’ll use a stick anchor.
They’re also great for keeping your boat anchored throughout different tide cycles.
The Power-Pole is fixed to your boat, so if the tide raises your boat, it raises your Power-Pole, too.
That’s not the case with stick anchors.
The Salt Strong Wrap
Not only is this boat an efficient fishing machine, but it looks amazing, too!
We just got the Salt Strong wrap on the side and we even got our lifetime members’ names on the lip in the bow cockpit.
None of this would be possible without them and now we’ve got a fun way to honor them!
(Thanks lifetime members!)
Be on the lookout for future videos filmed on this boat to see more of their names and stories.
I’m so thankful that we have it and I’m looking forward to filming lots of videos for you on it.
This next year we’ll be doing some traveling and hopefully fishing with our Insiders, so keep an eye out for our posts letting you know where we’re fishing!
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If you had gotten a 24′ there would have been room to have a head installed under the center console
with lighting and a fan for those hot days. The women will appreciate that very much. My own preference is
to add a Marine Band-capable radio and antenna. For those offshore trips, one never knows when the USCG
would be helpful. Some cell towers offshore are not accessible, but VHF radio is. I like the 2400 and will check
into this model more.
I have a 2018 2400 TRS w 300 Yam and tower. I too added a second power pole (10fter) and my boarding ladder works fine. If you are going to use the ladder, be sure the ladder is down before you extend the PP.
I went with Minkota iPilot 36V…it has enough power to keep the boat anchored in light windy conditions…works fairly well…
Mine has about 300 hours on it and it is showing wear. Cracking in the gel coat, separating slightly in the area where the bow cap attaches to the hull. I sent Maverick pictures and asked about warranty or for advice to repair – crickets!! MBG customer service sucks.
What I like – stability in rough water (I’m in Punta Gorda, fishing Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters), stability while fishing with a load of gear and friends, usability of the layout – bait wells, storage…
What I don’t like – scuppers are worthless – you will be wet in this boat when fishing out of the back. Trim tab switches have all been replaced several times; live well pumps do not last – replaced several times, most under warranty from the manuf.; no screens for the live wells – constantly cleaning the pumps out – finally added screens aftermarket. I’ve had issues with the jack plate relay, cockpit lights have been replaced, friction hinges have been replaced…
Lastly – while this hull is stable, its is slow and porpoise’s badly at higher speeds. The hull is also a pain to prop – the MBG forum and look at the discussions.
Overall, the boat is OK, I do however think that there are other options on the market worth looking at…close to the same money…
Thanks for making time to post the findings you’ve found from using your 2400 TRS.
did the trolling motor have a 74 or a 60 in shaft
The one that came with the boat is a 60 inch shaft which is great for the shallows. We ended up getting a back-up with a 72-inch shaft that is much better for reef fishing since it’s usually pretty rough out there.
thanks did you use a stabilizer of any kind what do you think about the new 24 seems to me the new owners forgot what made pathfinder
I’d love to wrap mine in a salt strong wrap
Beautiful boat! I have been looking at different posts trying to decide if one power pole is enough, how long, etc. It seems that opinions differ on one or two. However, I really want to get my trolling motor first and was curious as to whether a stick anchor could suffice until I do get a power pole or two. If power poles still drift at times I think that I would be of the same mind as you, Luke. Anyway, my boat is a Sportsman Masters 227. It is couple feet shorter, but a lot of the specs seem to be close. What would you recommend for a stick anchor for this boat, because I am going to take the advice of you and others and go ahead and get my trolling motor for Christmas? LOL
Thanks Steve! Yes, it’s a great plan to prioritize the trolling motor first because a stick anchor can do almost as good of a job as a power pole for under $100 when there’s nothing that can come close to a trolling motor other than a trolling motor.
Here’s a helpful lesson on choosing the right stick anchor for your needs: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/stick-anchor/
Thanks Luke! Will take a look right now. Do you have any advice on the trolling motor? Recently spent a ton moving to the Tampa area and, although I do not need the best or care about fancy stuff on the trolling motor, I do not want to go too minimalist either.
I recommend getting a trolling motor from one of the bigger players in that market (Minn Kota or MotorGuide). Here’s a recent discussion we had on trolling motors in which a lot of very helpful comments from viewers can be found in the Comment feed: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/minn-kota-vs-motor-guide/
How well does the F150 pull this boat?
I’m not sure how a 150 would do. The 300 that it came with has been very impressive.
Wow – ur not reading the question – he’s asking how well a half ton pick up pulls the boat…
Ahh… I must have been distracted when reading that post. Sorry about that. The F150 pulls the 24 ft Pathfinder just fine… no issues at all so far.
That looks like a beautiful boat. Wanted to see if you bought or plan to buy the Yamaha Extended Service Warranty Y.E.S.? I am trying to decide if I buy it or not on my Edgewater 245CC / Yamaha 300 which I absolutely love.
Hey Kevin, my apologies for missing your question when it was posted… we did get the extended warranty from Yamaha when were purchased the boat.
When I bought my boat with a Yamaha F150 SHO, they were offering $300 cash rebate or three more years of warranty. That was an easy choice, I took the warranty. I had my starter good bad on it about three years later… $1100 parts and labor, CRAZY. The warranty covered all of it.
What model was that Garmin sounder?
The 12 in. looks great but more$ than the 9 in. Is it really worth it?
The model # is: GOEPGAR12S. I haven’t used their 9 in version, so I can’t say for sure if the extra cost is worth it. But the unit does seem very nice. I am slight disappointed in the clarity of the side view feed… but that may be due to me not knowing how to customize the settings.
I bought a 2400 pathfinder in January of 2020. I had two powerpoles installed. I use them all the time. I’m not sure one will do you much good. Because Pathfinder has a ladder on the port side of the stern, if you have two power poles it will make the ladder inoperable. I was surprised that Pathfinder had not taken that into consideration when they designed this boat. I also have a pedestal base in the front deck of my boat. Neither the Atwood or Springfield pedestals really fit the base properly. I’m not sure why Pathfinder would not have installed a factory base from either Atwood or Springfield. To be honest, I think the base Pathfinder had factory installed is worthless. Other than those couple things I really like the boat. It will draft less than a foot of water and super stable in rough seas.
May I ask why you don’t feel that 1 power pole will do any good?
I’ve been doing a good amount of shallow water fishing the past few weeks and I feel that it has been doing a great job… the only con I can think of is that the boat will pivot with the wind and current, but that seems like a minor issue because it’s easy to plan for when putting down the pole so that the boat ends up in the right spot.
I totally agree with your comment about how shallow these boats draft… I went up on a very shallow flat yesterday expecting to have to push my way out with the falling tide but it surprisingly floated right over the shallowest ridge on the way out which was def no more than 12 inches (very impressive with a 24 ft boat with a tower).
I just think having two power poles is much more stable. I fish quite a few docks in and around canals. My poles are the 10ft models. Both those down and you are set. Sometimes even with both poles deployed your front end will drift some. I will use my trolling motor intermittently to keep the drift at a minimum. Any of these aids make less work and more fishing. Here is another question I have yet to get answered down here(I’m from Minnesota and the midwest). Why no depth finders/GPS installed on the front of the boats down here? I am always wanting to look down to look at structure or depth changes when I am in deeper water.
I personally don’t have one up front because I’m mostly fishing in water that’s less than 3 ft deep so I can see the bottom without using a machine. For others who fish deeper water more frequently, I have to assume the core reason is that they’re afraid of expensive electronics sitting up on the front deck which is prone to get a lot of salt exposure.
Well? What does it cost?
The cost depends on the options that are selected. They have a calculator for every model on their site to price them out: https://www.pathfinderboats.com/boats/
This video is making me want to go boat shopping. I love my Sportsman 207 but man you guys got yourselves a pretty sweet rig! See you out on the water!