Sailfish enters the dual console market with its new 275DC. She is built with the same “SailTech” construction methods and utilizes the same VDS (Variable Deadrise Stepped) hull that gives the brand's center consoles their smooth, dry ride in choppy conditions. That, coupled with her many amenities, we were impressed with what we found in the 275DC.
4-step boarding ladder with fiberglass lid
Insulated bow fishboxes with overboard drains
58'' flip-up transom seating
Gunwale rod storage
Port side deluxe captain's chair
Galley has Corian counter tops, sink with faucet and built-in cooler
16 cup holders
Sailfish 275DC (2014-) Specifications
26' 2'' 7.98 m
6,700 lbs. 3,039 kg
9' 2.74 m
18'' 0.46 m
188 gal. 712 L
14 gal. 53 L
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
Sailfish created the 275DC to serve as a crossover boat -- one that can be used for both fishing and family watersports. She brings with her plenty of family-friendly features as well as the ability to fish hard offshore thanks to her VDS hull.
Basically, she’s intended to be a boat for all reasons and should appeal to a broader range of customer. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to see that the market segment is swinging to boats that are able to do multiple things and that’s certainly the case here.
As the family-friendly crossover trend has picked up steam, boaters seem to have been gravitating away from the center consoles when families are in the equation. They also want to get away from sterndrives and into outboards while still keeping with the comfort level of the bowrider. And of course, all this needs to be in a boat that cruises, fishes, and plays hard.
It also signals that more attention has to be put into a boat to truly be a crossover boat…adding cushions, making the head compartments bigger, adding forward facing seatbacks and deeper cockpit depths are all part of the new plot.
Enter the 275DC.
The Sailfish 275DC with an optional filler cushion so that family members can sun bath in the bow. The other cushions are standard.
• VDS Hull Design. Sailfish utilizes its exclusive VDS (Variable Deadrise Stepped) hull design, and this has served it well in its line of offshore center consoles. VDS is a design theme used across the board with Sailfish hulls and to be clear, the term “step” had more to do with the steps the variable deadrise hull takes as the bottom moves from the keel to the chines rather than the traditional idea of a step that consists of slots in the bottom that draw air in from the sides.
Here we can see the three “steps” of the VDS hull design. Each one presents a different deadrise.
It’s a design that has worked well for Sailfish for years, as its reputation for building boats that performs well is sterling. No one ever complained about a Sailfish not handling snotty seas or not being able to get decent speeds when making long runs.
• A True Multi-Tasker. All too often when a builder sends a boat to the marketing department, they send it back with instructions to allow it to be called a “crossover”. This usually results in adding a ski-tow pylon to a fishing boat, or a trolling motor to a family sportboat. And just like that, you have a "crossover." Not so with the 275DC. This is a boat that has been designed from the keel up for competing in the broad-spectrum arena of multi-tasking boats with full-fledged features that allow it to do so in each category.
• High Windshield Frame. The windshield frame is powder-coated and it adds a very classy look, and is appropriate for this type boat. But more to the point, this windshield frame is remarkably high, topping out at an unprecedented 59” (150 cm). Not only does this provide outstanding visibility without having to do the head-bob to avoid staring at the frame, it also provides a huge measure of protection from the elements. Considering that this is the main job of a windshield (to shield from the wind), it’s surprising that many windshields deflect the wind right into the top of the operator’s head.
The Sailfish 275DC can be ordered in any of 10 color schemes. This one is Burnt Orange.
• Choice of Color. While most builders are content to offer its boats in any color one desires, as long as it’s white, Sailfish begs to differ. For a reasonable up-charge ($1,164) up to 7 colors can be selected for the topsides, and for a bit more ($371) another 3 are available. They can even do a two-tone color scheme ($379).
Things We’d Like To See--
• Lift and Lock Latches. Everywhere on this boat there are the turn and lock latches. Sometimes with these latches hatches need to be stepped on to allow the latches to turn, and more often than not these end up turned in the wrong direction allowing hatches to bounce open once the boat starts running, in spite of the little red dot showing which side is which.
• The Opening portlight in the head is on the starboard bulkhead, facing the walkthrough to the bow. Not an ideal spot to have ventilation for a head compartment. We’d make an argument for having the portlight on the hull side.
• Restricted Struts for In-Deck Storage. The storage compartment in the deck between the consoles is huge at 5’9” x 13” x 1’4” deep (1.75 m x 33 cm x .4m). That’s big enough to swallow all the boards and water toys one's heart desires. But…. the hatch is also huge and it’s hinged from the front. This makes it accessible from the sides, as well as from the stern, but the hatch is so large that in the fully opened position it comes in contact with the closed walkthrough windshield and could possibly break it (no we didn’t). The fix is to open the windshield, or shorten the struts. Either way it’s an easy fix.
Basic Specs and Design
The 275DC has a LOA of 26’2” (7.98 m), a beam of 9’ (2.74 m) and a hull draft of 18” (45.7 cm). Adding the engines brings her rigged length to 28’2” (8.59 m).
Her 9’ (2.74 m) beam measurement is significant in that it allows more interior room than some others in class. The 275DC’s generous beam plus her high freeboard (see below) makes her well-suited for offshore work.
Here the Sailfish 275DC shines. Most often we see cockpit depths from 24” (61 cm) to around 28" (70.6 cm). Here, the depth is a 30” (76 cm), which makes her among the deepest in class. Families will love this feature and the kids will be more secure inside the safe cockpit. What’s more, that depth increases significantly to 38” (97 cm) at the bow.
Bowriders in the sportboat class usually do not have large fuel supplies as they don’t typically have far to go. That’s why the average fuel capacity in the area of 75 to 90 gallons (283 to 340 L) is left in the dust with this boat’s whopping 188 gallons (712 L).
But the Sailfish 275DC likely will not be compared to sportboats, but rather to other dual consoles made by the leading center console builders. For those of us making long offshore runs for Blues or Stripers, a 188 gallon (712 L) capacity is a godsend.
Typically, we’d see a deadrise in the realm of 20 to 22-degrees for this type of boat.
The VDS or Variable Deadrise Stepped hull design varies the deadrise from keel to the chines going from 24-degrees at the keel to 22-degrees at the chine.
The VDS Hull uses changing deadrise from keel to chine. The sharper lower sections provide a smoother ride – 24-degrees is classic deep-V deadrise. The slightly flatter upper sections create more lift and add stability, especially at lower speeds.
Here’s another view: All V-hulls are sharper forward, but most have straight sections – in other words, in any one area of the hull, the deadrise is essentially the same from keel to chine.
The company builds its boats using a system they call SailTech construction. Basically, this is hand-layup using top-quality materials – like Compsys preformed stringers. Sailfish uses Kevlar and Carbon fiber to help make sure that the laminate does not part from the foam core.
The transom is high-density composite and the company says that no wood is used in construction. We like the fact that Sailfish publishes that it uses "316 stainless steel" deck hardware -- lesser grades will stain, believe it or not.
At 6,700 lbs. (3,039 kgs.), it is among the heavyweights in class.
Being that this is a true crossover boat, it’s best to look at her features from the perspective of how she will be used. Let’s start with the family coming onboard for the day.
The family is going to love the 275DC because she has so much to offer. It starts with the dual platforms to either side of the outboards. Boarding is from the port platform and it features a 4-step concealed reboarding ladder.
Safety Gate. Entry to the cockpit is through a close-molded gate that opens inward, and closes solidly against a molded full-length stop preventing the gate from opening outward, regardless of how much weight is pushed against it, or accidently falls against it. There’s a stainless steel hasp that holds it in the closed position that we found a little difficult to slide home. No worries about grandchildren opening it up.
The four-step re-boarding ladder certainly goes deep enough to make it easy to step onto the bottom rung. It’s also angled away from the boat. This is somewhat unusual and we like it.
The stern caprail has an optional ski tow pylon ($757) that extends from a flush position. This creates a tow point that rises well above the level of the outboards. To the starboard side of the caprail there’s a pull-up transom shower. Sailfish went with the flush-mounted shower that twists to activate, and we find this version to be much easier to deploy than the type that is under a cover and requires a pull-string attached to it in order for it to be pulled out.
A retractable ski-tow pylon is in the middle of the transom.
Two in-deck storage hatches, one at the bow and one at the center of the walkthrough between the consoles, will serve to store plenty of gear and boards. A third compartment in the cockpit can also be used for storage, but be sure to have that stuff emptied out before the next fishing trip. That’s where the catch will go.
A stereo ($564) is mounted at the helm. An upgraded sound system is available ($1,299) that includes a Jensen 2212 head unit, 4 speakers, a transom remote, Amp, 10” subwoofer, Sirius capability, and USB/MP3 plug-ins. Without the upgrade, there’s still an option for the transom remote ($227) and the satellite capability ($279).
Aside from the usual suspects that make this a family-friendly boat (read 18 stainless steel drink holders) there’s the cockpit galley. Some call this an entertainment center, some call it a wet bar, but for whatever it’s called it’s a great feature to have. In the case of the 275DC, it’s highlighted by Corian counters and 5 stainless steel drink holders in an elevated counter measuring 12" (30.5 cm) x 35” (90 cm).
A lower counter houses a recessed sink, that drains overboard, to the left side and to the right is open counter space measuring 21” x 20” (53 x 51 cm) which is clearly enough room for an optional propane grill that Sailfish packages together with a 12V refrigerator and built-in battery charger ($2,850).
Corian counters and plenty of workspace highlight the beautiful galley. The open counter space can be populated with a propane grill.
Below, and to the side, is a 36 quart (34 L) carry on cooler and we love being able to fill a cooler full of sandwiches, food and drinks and just bring it all aboard in one swoop. Then when it’s full of trash we can carry it right back off. Around to the backside is a pull out trash receptacle.
There’s no shortage of seats in the 275D,C starting with a standard bench seat across the transom. It measures 53” x 17” (135 x 43 cm) so it’s plenty wide enough to seat three across comfortably. It stows out of the way when not in use, and while this is a great idea, the boat we inspected was one of the early ones and we found the seat a bit difficult to deploy and stow. Even still, there’s no way we’d consider replacing this seat for the optional cooler seat ($286).
The bench seat runs across the transom and folds away when not in use. Behind is access to the batteries.
More Seating. At the port console there’s a single deluxe captain's chair as standard, but the model we inspected has the optional seat that was 27" wide (69 cm) and can probably fit both an adult and child. This optional flip-seat ($1,041) that allows for fore and aft seating, easily converts to a chaise and even lays flat for sunning.
Underneath the aft seat is insulated storage that is self-draining, and traditional storage is under the forward seat, plus this includes a dedicated spot to secure the bow side-mount pedestal table ($427). Two stainless drink holders are to the left of the forward seat, just below a speaker.
The single seat to port can, and typically will, be replaced by this optional flip-back seat. It allows forward and aft facing seating and converts to a chaise and even lays flat. Storage is under both seats with the aft one being insulated.
Here the seat is in the chaise lounge position. Notice the powder coated frame to the seatback.
With the seat laying flat it makes a great place to soak up some sun, or to take a nap.
The frame for the seat is held in position with a small catch that can rotate out of the way when the seat reclines. Here the seat is on the chaise position.
The bow takes advantage of the wide beam of the 275DC and how Sailfish carries that beam so far forward. We measured 5’7” (1.7 m) between seatbacks at the aft end and 2’3” (.69 m) at the forward end. There’s 22” (56 cm) of space between the seats so no worries about knocking knees when facing each other in these seats. Powder-coated grab rails run the length of the insides of the caprails for security, comfort and downright good looks. An optional filler cushion ($741) turns the entire area into a sun pad 57” (145 cm) deep.
The walkthrough to the bow includes an air dam to block the wind on chilly mornings. To the left is the opening portlight to the head, to the right, the hatch leading to the storage under the helm console.
The bow of the 275DC has comfortable seats with angled seatbacks. Powder coated rails are inside the cap rails. An optional pedestal table secures to the mount at the forward bulkhead.
Between the seats is yet another in-deck storage compartment and this one measures 35” x 14” x 11” (89 x 36 x 28 cm). It’s insulated with foam surrounding the compartment, but the lid isn’t insulated. However, we still wouldn’t hesitate to add ice and sodas, or use it as a fishbox. Three stainless steel drink holders are to either side of the bow seats. Naturally, there’s storage underneath all the seats with the hatches held open by gas struts.
Below the powder coated rails are three drink holders just below the speaker. Notice that just above the speaker there is a tiny courtesy light.
A Popular Table. The forward bulkhead will accommodate a side-mount pedestal for the optional table ($427). For those planning on using the boat for family cruising and entertaining friends, we highly recommend this inexpensive option. Next to the port seatback is a place that Sailfish will mount a shower ($184) but presumably we’ll already be cleaned off by the time we make our way to these seats.
An optional filler cushion turns the bow into a sun pad, and this cushion needs no filler boards underneath. The frame of the cushion itself is strong enough to support it. 8” (20 cm) cleats are to either side of the bow.
The head compartment is part of the port console, as we would expect, and it’s huge. There’s a step down into the compartment and it features 53” (135 cm) of headroom and it runs a full 49” (124 cm) deep to the forward bulkhead. There is a Corian counter with a sink to port. The sink has a pullout sprayer for rinsing off after changing out of the bathing suit and all the water drains directly overboard. There’s also a drink holder here, something we rarely see in a head.
The head compartment received its share of class with snap-in carpeting and a Corian counter.
Toilets are optional and Sailfish offers a choice of either a Porta-Potti ($171), a pump out Porta-Potti ($393), or an electric marine head ($2,564), but this last version has an overboard discharge, so it will need a Y valve to a holding tank.
For storage there’s cargo netting under the counter as well as on the back of the door. And while there’s no padding on any of the bulkheads, we won’t take any points away as this is a pretty large compartment and we don’t anticipate much head-banging while in there.
And just as she is attractive to the families onboard, so is she attractive to the fishermen. This is not a boat that takes fishing casually, but her features, combined with the offshore strengths of the hull-build and geometry, make this a formidable opponent in the battle for fishing supremacy.
To the starboard quarter, there’s a transom-mounted 30-gallon (113.6 L) insulated bait well with the usual features of curved corners, LED lighting and an acrylic Sailfish lid. Under the gate to port there’s a hatch leading to the livewell recirculating pump as well as the raw water washdown pump.
Deploy 10 Rods. There are no less than six rod holders going across the stern with four being in the caprail of the transom. This is a huge feature and allows for putting out a sizable spread during a troll. We usually see the bulk of the rod holders added to the side caprails, which may make a convenient place for storing a rod or fishing on a drift, but for trolling, not so much. Additional rod holders are in the supports for the overhead, two to each side. That means, if desired, this boat can troll with 10 rods deployed at the same time. Three can be separated out for a drift.
For storage, rods can be kept under the gunwales out of the way, two to starboard and three to port
Four rod holders at the transom and two more in the caprails at the ends, plus a tool holder and two drink holders make for a well equipped transom caprail. Next to the livewell is a freshwater washdown.
Fishboxes. Fish will be kept in a self-draining in-deck fish locker measuring 52” x 12" x 11” (132 x 30.5 x 28 cm), and that 11” (28 cm) measurement is to the inboard side of the locker. As we move outboard that depth reduces to 6” (15 cm) since the contour of the locker takes on the contour of the hull underneath. The hatch is held open by a gas strut and the gutters drain overboard. Then, there are two insulated fishboxes forward.
In the center of the transom there’s a tool holder. We’d like to see the addition of a cutting surface at the transom. So far, the only flat surface in sight is the Corian counter at the entertainment center, and woe-be-tied the person who cuts on that. And since fishermen get thirsty when doing what they do, there are two drink holders flanking the rod holders.
Fishy Features. The cockpit offers plenty of working room for fighting a fish, and as for the bow, just pull off the cushions to create an elevated walk-around casting deck.
We would strongly recommend the pull-up cleat option ($823) that keeps the caprails snag free. Also, underwater lights do a wonderful job of attracting fish at night, as well as making a more pleasing sight after the sun drops down below the horizon. Sailfish offers a package of three ($500) as an option.
Engine checks are made easier, thanks to Sailfish thoughtfully adding a platform to stand on that runs across the front of the engine well from one platform to the other. We’ve seen time and again where a builder simply makes a curved engine well and calls it a day. High marks to Sailfish for this small detail that makes a big difference.
A service platform runs across the front of the motor well. A standard raw water washdown spigot is in the transom.
The battery switches are in the transom, behind a hatch cover accessed through the bench seat. There are two switches, one for the house batteries and one for the two engine start batteries. Thank you Sailfish for having separate systems. Just above the battery switches is the main circuit breaker for the windlass. Down at the bottom of the port quarter of the cockpit there’s a covered plug that will take a 110-V cord to connect to the optional 3-bank battery charger ($427).
The battery switches are just behind the transom bench seat. One for the house battery and the other for the dual engine start batteries.
Good Scupper Design. The 275DC seems to be built to shake off water quite well. Oversized deck drains to the aft end of the cockpit will send any shipped water right back from whence it came. Grates over these drains keep them from getting clogged but if errant materials get in anyway, the grates are hinged and lift easily to facilitate clean-outs.
Deck drains have hinged grates to keep debris out and make for easy cleaning. Notice the exclusive dot-matrix non-skid. The plug just above is to plug into the 3-bank battery charger.
The helm seat is well-designed, sturdy, and comfortable with fixed armrests and a flip-up bolster. It swivels and slides to adjust to the individual’s needs. The steering wheel is stainless steel, includes a steering knob, and it’s mounted to a tile base. Hydraulic steering is standard, but most will opt for the power assist steering ($2,707).
The helm module sits behind a massively high windshield and the frame is powder coated in white. The stainless wheel has a steering knob and a tilt base. Space is available for map displays and the digital engine readouts are to the side of that. The engine controls are mounted to a separate pod that has them at a 45-degree angle.
Instrument Panel. The dash has plenty of open real estate at 15” x 10” (38 x 25 cm) that will be more than sufficient to hold either the optional 8” (20 cm) Garmin 4208 ($4,850), a 12" (30.5 cm) Garmin 4212 ($5,421) or the 5212 ($7,057), all of which include the transducer ($564 when purchased separately). The 275DC is rated for a maximum of 400-hp and the model we previewed was equipped with a pair of 200-hp Yamaha outboards.
This means that next to the open panel we had three Yamaha displays providing selectable information to the operator. With Mercury outboards these will be replaced by SmartCraft gauges. Below that were the dual engine controls mounted to a 45-degree angle and standard Lenco trim tab controls with LED displays were just above.
At the top of the panel the compass is mounted to a molded-in base and we’re happy to see that it’s right in line with the helm. Below the helm is a molded footrest that adds to the comfort level when operating the 275DC.
Access to the helm console is to the side, and inside is an access panel to the backside of the helm panel. Just alongside that are all the circuit breakers for the helm electrical. Seacock access is in the compartment deck.
Forward, Sailfish makes a Lewmar windlass available ($4,279) that runs out to a stainless anchor roller ($2,570) that includes a scuff plate protecting the stem. While this makes a nice addition to offer, on a boat this size the anchor is perfectly manageable by hand and stores nicely in the anchor locker just behind. With the roller installed, there are navigation lights to either side. Without the roller, there’s an optional flip-up bow light ($200) that we like much better.
An optional anchor roller and windlass are available, but even without, the anchor is easily managed by hand. It stores in the anchor locker and the hatch is notched to allow the rode to run through. A 6” (15 cm) cleat is used to secure the rode.
Safe for Offshore or Inshore.
Freeboard Measurements. We’ve already touched on the safety factor of her 30” (76 cm) cockpit depth that increases to 38” (97 cm) at the bow. That alone is a significant safety factor, but Sailfish boats are also widely known for high freeboard measurements. In this case it starts at 33” (84 cm) at the stern and increases to 43” (109 cm) at the bow. Plus the bow has a significant flare to it which adds buoyancy when running down waves and throws spray wide out to the sides when encountering head seas.
Rather than have the typical reverse chine, this hull utilizes a much wider chine that curves to the reverse. That should prove to add a significant amount of stability in addition to helping her carve through turns.
Far from the usual hard reversed chine, this design has the bottom curving to meet the wide reversed chine. It’s almost as wide as the pad on the jack stand.
Options to Consider
Hardtop Option. Many dual console boats in class do not have a hardtop option, but Sailfish does. It also has an arch option to which a canvas can be affixed. The radar arch with a canvas top ($5,993) or a fiberglass hardtop ($11,993) are both important options that we think should be seriously considered no matter how the boat will be used.
The Sailfish 275DC is available with power options from either Mercury or Yamaha that consist of a pair of 150s, 200s or a single 300-hp outboard. We don’t have Merc prices but for the Yamaha, the twin 150 powered boat will retail for $125,000 the twin 200s will be $132,000, and with the single 300 she’ll come in at $118,000. Fully loaded with twin 200s will have her in the realm of $145,000.
Certainly Sailfish is a company that spares nothing in the build of its boats and it strives to ensure that everything is rated higher than the competition. All are made with high-end materials and quality components. The 275DC is no different and we found after our inspection that all that we’ve come to expect from Sailfish is present in this family-friendly fishing boat.
Sailfish 275DC (2014-) Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Sailfish 275DC (2014-) is 45.8 mph (73.7 kph), burning 28.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 106.36 liters per hour (lph).
Best cruise for the Sailfish 275DC (2014-) is 27.0 mph (43.5 kph), and the boat gets 2.6 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.11 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 448 miles (720.99 kilometers).
Tested power is 2 x 150-hp Mercury four-stroke.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels go to our Test Results section.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Sailfish 275DC (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Sailfish 275DC (2014-) Warranty
Sailfish 275DC (2014-) Warranty Information
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Sailfish 275DC (2014-) Price
Sailfish 275DC (2014-) Price
$110,000.00 - $145,000.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
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