Pringles, SlimJims and peanuts can hardly be considered necessary elements of boat design, unless you talk to some of the designers over at Sailfish, that is. These are the kind of guys who spend as much time using their boats as they do designing them, and right there in their on-dash tackle system you'll find the usuals like lures, spinners, sinker weights, pliers and, yup, Pringles, SlimJims and peanuts.
So what did they do when they designed their biggest boat to date, the 2660 Center Console — they built that convenience into it, of course. On the surface it might seem silly to care whether you've got room in your tackle trays for chips, jerky and nuts, but we actually found it interesting, very interesting.
If a builder pays so much attention to boaters as to design its boats around them down to what kind of snacks they are likely to bring aboard, you can bet it really gets it right in the bigger areas — something Sailfish has been doing for more than 20 years. Offshore fishing requires all manner of rods, reels, tackle, bait and other things in a way that doesn't just suggest wicked convenience, it demands it. Being able to rig six or 10 or even more lines, set them at different depths and troll around requires efficiency and organization. And the last thing you want is for your SlimJim to get in the way of your lure, or your peanuts to get in the way of your lead sinkers — hence a place for everything, and everything in its place.
The 2660 has all the stuff you would expect to find on a big center-console fisher, which is good to know. Baitwell, flush-mount rod holders, big insulated fishboxes, washdowns, grabrails, tackle trays, under gunwale rod storage and more — it's all there, and the quality is top notch.
What did stick out were a few features that seemed, well, just kind of home cooked and, for lack of a better word, uncommonly useful.
The footrest actually had a small storage compartment built into it — Sailfish didn't have to put a storage area there, but it did anyway. There's a freshwater sink in the enclosed head in the console — again, not necessary, but very nice. It even had a fold-out telescoping boarding ladder and a transom gate, hinting at family fun. You'll find similar little innovations all over the boat, and they add up to make a big difference in convenience, comfort and fun.
Our test of the 2660 took place on a calm stretch of protected water on the Intracoastal Waterway between Miami and Miami Beach. For power we had twin Yamaha F250s spinning 14.5-inch saltwater series Yamaha props. This boat is rated for 500 hp, so we were getting the maximum treatment. We were loaded with four people and a quarter tank of fuel (50 gallons or about 313 pounds).
Opening the throttle wide we were able to post a top speed of 59.3 mph, which is about what we expected given the power and light load. Acceleration was crisp with 5.7 seconds to plane and 7.9 seconds to 30 mph. With a little trim we were really able to stick the 2660 in the corners, and it stuck just fine. At top speed you can expect a range of about 230 miles. Throttling back to a cruising speed of 34.6 mph at 3,500 rpm you can expect a cruising range of about 331 miles. Noise was low with 82 dBa at cruising speed, but it got a little high with 91 dBa at top speed.
To test out its legs in the big blue, we pointed the bow outside the breakwater immediately south of Miami Beach and were blasted with head-high conditions that sent us back after about 10 minutes. Even though these were not the kinds of conditions to test any boat that doesn't have the word "yacht" in its name, the 2660 actually took the rough quite well. Considering its performance in more than "stay at the dock" conditions and its 22- to 24-degree variable deadrise hull, we feel safe in saying that this boat will perform as well as any other comparable fish fighter of a similar size.
Sailfish has a well-deserved reputation for building quality saltwater fishing boats. Many anglers wouldn't fish from anything else. Boats of this caliber are not inexpensive, and the base price of our boat equipped with the twin Yamaha F250s will run you more than $90,000.
Like we said in the beginning: Not only are you getting a hard-core fisher that is built by people who know what anglers want, because they are anglers too, you're also getting a craft that includes the kind of innovation and attention to detail that just can't be found on that many other boats.
Other options you'll want to think about with the 2660, especially if you really want to test its fishing prowess, include a deluxe T-top with spreader lights, rocket launchers, outrigger pads and fluorescent light ? you'll also want to consider the 60-gallon livewell leaning post. In the performance area you'll want to think about hooking up with SeaStar power-assist steering and adding on trim tab indicator switches.
There is a good handful of builders who really make a quality offshore center console in this range, and the Sailfish 2660 CC should probably be in your top three choices of boats to check out if you're interested in a large big-water center console.
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