When we met up with a dealer in Southern California to test Polar's 2700 Center Console, the largest boat in the company's fleet, we were told that Polar is in the habit of asking what anglers need, and then giving them more than they ask for.
With a length of 27 feet, 4 inches and a beam 9 feet, 6 inches the 2700 has plenty of room for more of the kind of gear anglers want and need. When shopping for a rig like this, anglers are looking for two primary things: a wickedly seaworthy craft and an abundance of fish-fighting features that will help them hook all the species they like chasing.
One of the most important facets of extended fishing excursions (and our test boat boasted a cruising range of 360 miles at 34 mph) is having room to store all the fish you'll eventually score — this is some of that "more" mentioned earlier. In the case of the 2700, you have an incredible amount of storage for fish and gear — and the in-deck storage areas have spill-catch lips with drains to keep any water that washes on deck from getting into the storage areas. There are three large insulated fishboxes that include macerators, one on center in the bow and two flanking the rear portion of the cockpit — the rear two are more than 6 feet long. There are five other in-deck storage areas with drains that can be used for fish, rods, dry storage or whatever else you bring along.
On the more aggressive side of the fish fight you'll find six flush-mount stainless steel rod holders and four more in the back of the leaning post. There's a robust bait prep area built into the transom cap rail with two sinks, a washdown and hinged cutting boards that fold over to cover the sinks. Another tool is the huge 50-gallon lighted circular baitwell built into the rear of the leaning post — Polar maintains that this is the largest standard baitwell compared to that of similar fishing rigs of this size.
So it's clear to see the 2700 is made to bring home the fish, especially if you can get out to where they're biting.
A big offshore fighter like this needs the ability to run out in the rough, sometimes 20, 30, 50 or more miles offshore, in search of elusive bigwater species. In the case of the 2700, you've got a craft with a wave-cutting 21-degree deadrise, plenty of flare for dryness and a solid composite construction with a one-piece fiberglass stringer system for rigidity. We were glad the Pacific was whipped up with 2 to 3 feet of surface chop along with big rolling swells to test the 2700's legs.
Our test boat was equipped with a pair of Mercury Verado 225s spinning 19-inch stainless steel Mirage Plus props. The nice thing about Verado outboards is that they come with DTS (digital throttle shift) and SmartCraft, which yields precise figures for rpm, gph, trim angle and other diagnostics. We were told that this setup would yield a 60 mph top end on flat water, so we were hoping for something in the mid 50-mph range given our conditions. You can imagine how far you could push the 2700 equipped with its max of 600 hp.
While running parallel to the swell with the engines trimmed up and the Lenco tabs pushed only one notch down we were able to push the 2700 to 54.2 mph on our GPS with an rpm of 6,000. Not bad at all considering we were running with about 1,800 pounds of load (people, water and fuel). We could have probably lifted the tabs all the way up and taken up some more trim, but the conditions were less than ideal for such foolishness. Also, you'll be interested to know that the Verado 225 is rated for a top rpm of 6,400, so a slight drop in pitch might give the boat an even more impressive top end.
The 2700 jumped on plane in 3.3 seconds and motored up to 30 mph in 6.2 seconds. At wide-open throttle with this setup you can expect a range of about 195 miles — the more conservative cruising speed of 34 mph at 3,500 rpm will net you about 360 miles. At cruising speed the 2700 registered 83 dBa on our sound meter, a couple of points below the "loud" benchmark of 85 dBa. At wide open it crept up to 88 dBa, but anything less than 90 dBa is good for a four-stroke outboard running at full tilt.
In terms of handling and performance we found the 2700 to be quite seaworthy. We pointed it directly perpendicular to the chop and swell and put it up to about 35 mph — the ride was noticeable bumpy as expected, but not uncomfortable. Just for kicks we throttled up to see if we could get the boat, engines, prop and all out of the water — it can be done.
While we had a blast testing the Polar 2700 Center Console with the big Verados attached, just keep in mind that equipping the craft more modestly with something like a pair of Yamaha F150s will drop the price about $17,000 and still give you the same amazing fish-fighting platform.
In terms of features the 2700 is more than fairly equipped as standard, except for the T-top (which Polar makes in-house). It'll cost you an additional $4,360 for the T-top with spreader lights and rocket launchers, and it wouldn't make much sense to get the boat without it — it can more than double your ability to present bait with the rocket launchers and outriggers.
The 2700 is a real workhorse from a builder that has a well-earned reputation on the East Coast and is now making inroads on the West Coast — so whatever shore you live on, Polar aims to take you to the fish fight.
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