Jupiter Marine has recently launched its newest model, the Jupiter 26. It’s the smallest of the company’s lineup that now spans 6 models from 26’ to 41’ (7.9 m to 12.5 m) and she’s designed with the goal of providing, according to Jupiter, “a more affordable introductory level model that is easily trailerable and in line with today's economic environment." We think Jupiter has always had a knack for building quality boats, with a fishability rating as good as nearly any boat on the market.
Deck mechanically fastened and fiberglass bonded to hull
Bait prep center with 45 gallon stand-up
livewell, tackle storage, cushion and rod
2 fishboxes, each 104 gallons with macerator drains
Non-skid decks, with self bailing cockpit
Electric marine head with holding tank
Power assist steering
Helm seat with drink holders and folding footrest
Coffin type (tournament) fishbox
Jupiter Marine 26 (2014-) Specifications
26' 5'' 8.05 m
5,460 lbs. 2,476 kg(w/ eng)
8' 8'' 2.64 m
31'' 0.79 m
160 gal. 606 L
30 gal. 114 L
7' 10'' 2.39 m (max)
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.
Jupiter Marine 26 (2014-)Engine options
Currently no test numbers
2 x 150-hp Yamaha F150 4-stroke 2 x 200-hp Yamaha F200 4-stroke
The new Jupiter 26 has a LOA of 26’5” (8.1 m) and a beam of 8’8” (2.6 m). She’s available in either a single or twin application.
The mission of the Jupiter 26 is to provide a well-built center console that is also more "affordable" and more easily trailerable than the larger boats in the company's line. She is first of all a fishing boat and while she has forward seating, an optional table and a standard electric head, family outings are not her primary mission.
The lines of the Jupiter 26 follow those of her larger family members. The deadrise of the bottom is 60-degrees forward and 22-degrees at the transom.
What is Affordable?
Affordable is certainly in the eye (or in the checkbook) of the beholder, but in comparing models of this size the field is surprisingly narrow. Where once there were quite a number of 26' center consoles from major builders, there are very few 26’ (7.9 m) center consoles available today as the companies have moved on to 27' or 28' models. Most make the jump from 24’ to 25’ (7.31 m to 7.62 m) right past the 26’ range and pick up again at 27’ to 28’ (8.2 m to 8.5 m).
The Price. With twin Yamaha 150-hp 4-strokes the Jupiter 26 tips the scales at $127,250 stripped. Typical options for offshore fishing will easily add another $30,000 to the bottom line (see below). Bounce up to a pair of 200-hp Yamahas with digital shift at throttle, and the price jumps to $137,550.
Construction has a lot to do with driving the price of a boat and this one is well-built and among the heaviest in class. The hull is hand laid with multi-directional biaxial and triaxial knitted fiberglass. A fiberglass uni-grid stringer system is bonded to the hull. PVC foam coring is used for strength and weight reduction.
The transom is a high-density ceramic matrix composite core. And the hull and deck are mechanically fastened and bonded together with fiberglass, something that we see less of these days as most builders have moved a chemical bond using something like 3M 5200. Both are equally strong. We tend to like the fiberglass system because we think if properly done it is more likely to be water tight, although it might not be particularly important on this type of boat.
Below the waterline the hull is solid fiberglass. We are told no wood is used in the boat's construction.
Gel coat colored hulls are optional ($1,990) and make any boat look far more expensive than the price for getting it done.
• Wide Caprails. This design better accommodates downriggers, outriggers and generally eases boarding -- and sitting.
• Large Fore-and-Aft Transom Design. We’ve seen several center consoles that have rather narrow transoms with the motor well taking up most of that usable space. Here, the transom remains wide, with both a 35 gal. (159 L) livewell and separate baitwell embedded within, and there’s still plenty of room for the motor well behind.
• Big In-Deck Storage. A whopping 102 gal. (464 L) fishbox is next to a compartmentalized storage space, all under a single hatch. (In addition, there is a small coffin box forward and the compartments below the forward seating can be used as fishboxes.)
• Beefy Mechanical Gear. How about a 1,600 gph (7,274 lph) livewell pump? All bronze thru-hull fittings, all with sea-cocks. A pair of 2,000 gph (9,092 lph) bilge pumps. All stainless steel hardware. Auto-retract trim tabs. An all aluminum fuel tank. And every hose below the water line is double clamped. Yes, we know that’s best practice, but start looking closely and see how many don’t do it.
The Jupiter 26 presents a pretty standard layout for a center console and includes seating at the bow. What is not so standard is the wide side decks that allow easy passage past the center console for improved fishability.
The Outboard Engines. The Jupiter 26 is first and foremost a center console fishing boat. She’s rated for a maximum of 500-hp and that pretty much guarantees that she’ll be rigged with twins. Jupiter has partnered with Yamaha for the power needs and as such, the 26 can be ordered with twin F150s ($127,250), or twin F200 4-strokes with either mechanical steering and throttle ($133,750) or digital steering and throttle ($135.550).
Fishy Stuff. The engines are mounted behind a massively wide transom that really serves as a rigging station and can accommodate both a 35 gal. (159 L) livewell and separate freshwater sink plumbed to the 30 gal. (114 L) water tank. A door to the starboard side allows for a walkthrough to the platform, and of course can also be used to haul a fish through. If bigger fish are planned, or if scuba diving is on the list of activities for the boat, Jupiter will be more than happy to build in a hull side door, to be priced on request.
The transom door has a swing-over beefy cap rail which we like because it can take a lot of weight being thrown against it in a sloppy seaway. This is the kind of build one often finds on a battlewagon. We would prefer to see the transom door itself open outward instead of inward, so that it can be used for emergency dewatering of the vessel.
A well-rigged transom is part of the standard package. Note the location of the sliding bolt latch on the underside of the swing-over transom door cap rail.
A 35-gal (159 L) livewell and separate freshwater sink add functionality to the transom rigging station. We’d probably secure a cutting board back here as well so we can cut bait and clean fish on the way in.
Once the fish are aboard, just open up the hatch in the cockpit deck to expose the 102 gal. (386 L) macerated fishbox.
Fish are stored in a deck box that also shares a place with compartmentalized storage. The hatches are held open with struts, are gasketed all around and finished both top and bottom. Just ahead is a leaning post featuring plenty of tackle storage and a rocket launcher.
Tackle storage is hardly a concern on the 26. Here we have storage drawers, tackle sorters, and lure tubes with tool holders to the side.
Just above is a rocket launcher rack and drink holder -- all stainless steel.
The center console features a dual seat/leaning post and a port-side mounted helm. Jupiter offers a pretty slick helm seat with an optional wrap-around backrest ($990) that would come in handy in some of the offshore waters we fish in. Virtually all manufacturers worth their salt are now making panels that can accommodate dual displays and this one is no exception.
The panel can accommodate a pair of 15” (38 cm) displays. Please move the compass to the center of the helm, rather than the center of the console.
Electronics. Jupiter isn’t in the electronics business so any displays are up to the end user, and we welcome this attitude. Typically a builder only goes with one electronics brand and it may not be the one that you want, but that’s tough luck. Here, the choice is up to the consumer. Of course, if pressed, Jupiter will certainly price out a package for a buyer, but having a local installer is also not without its benefits.
The helm has plenty of real estate for mounting electronics of choice. Yamaha’s multi-function gauges reduce clutter and Jupiter includes a custom-made stainless wheel with a steering knob. The throttle and shift lever is nearly horizontal, which is more ergonomic than many CC designs we see.
The optional helm seat with wrap-around seat back will be a blessing when the weather kicks up.
The head compartment is pretty minimalist but it’s not like we’re going to have parties in there. There’s standing headroom. It can be fitted with a freshwater washdown ($395) and the electric head with holding tank is a standard feature where others would make it an option over a Porta-Potti. It is accessed on the port side through a hatch which includes part of the overhead making it relatively easy to enter the compartment.
The ship's electrical panel is also here. We’d like to see the addition of flip-down hanging hooks on the bulkhead, as the head is always a great place to hang wet foul weather gear out to dry.
The ship's main electrical panel is located in the head compartment. There’s also easy access to the backside of the helm for electronics installations.
Moving to the bow, there’s the usual seat just ahead of the console and two more V-seats fully forward. Under the seats is dry storage measuring in at 65 gal. (246 L) each. Optional removable, forward seating backrests ($1,490) that wrap around the bow can be fitted, and if this is going to crossover into a family boat, that should be a serious consideration ($1,350). Fully forward is a top loading anchor locker and we would probably opt for the windlass to assist with the ground tackle ($4,980, including ss anchor and line).
A built in, molded, insulated drink cooler is just ahead of the console. It can also be used as a fishbox for successful meat fishermen.
Three dry storage compartments are located at the bow.
Aside from the typical “cleats and navigation lights” there are some standouts on the standard features list. Among them…
• Electric head with holding tank
• Battery charger
• Coaming bolsters
• Raw water washdown
• Electronics compartment at the helm
Jupiter boats have a good reputation offshore and the 26 is intended to broaden the builder's potential market of buyers.
Options We’d Consider
Jupiter offers a host of options so that the 26 can be dialed-in to a specific owners’ needs. Some of what we would add would include --
• Power Assist Steering ($2,650). The 26 includes hydraulic steering but long runs through a following sea will wear on a captain’s arms and wrists pretty quickly.
• Windlass with Anchor and Line ($4,980). This package includes a stainless anchor, and with the amount of bottom fishing we do, this is a must-have.
• Cockpit Lighting ($495). Because it’s a sure bet that we’ll be out after dark.
• Underwater Lights ($1,750). The ability of these things to draw fish at night has been well documented. Plus they look very cool.
• Forward Filler Platform with Cushion ($1,390). Even without a family aboard, this has proven to be a great place to just relax once in awhile.
• Taller Windscreen ($455). We have taken some serious spray on our trips and a taller windscreen is a nice feature to have in the arsenal.
The optional fiberglass hardtop ($11,990) includes rocket launchers to the aft side.
For Serious Fishing
While the Jupiter 26 comes well equipped for fishing, adding some features on top of the basic package can make or break a great day on the water. At the top of that list is a T-top and Jupiter makes a large fiberglass one that will get the job done. It includes an electronics box and is a good platform for mounting antennas ($19,995.) but we would add some options to this selection. They are--
• Outriggers ($2,595). We’ll need to put out a spread.
• Handrails for T-top ($995). These attach port and starboard and we consider them a "must."
• Center Rig ($725). We like this because it gets to line up high and its entry is away from the back of the boat and in the prop wash at about the point where big billfish might think a bait fish is struggling.
• Powder Coating Package ($2,990). Oxidizing aluminum posts supporting the heavy T-top are impossible to keep looking good, so we would spring for powder coating any day.
The Jupiter 26 hull has a sharp entry with a deadrise of 60-degrees and 22-degrees at the transom. This is almost as deep-V as it gets and should give the boat the best ride possible at speed in sloppy conditions.
For 3-Season Boaters
For those who live in the northern latitudes and want to extend the season, Jupiter has that covered, so to speak. Add a console windscreen enclosure ($1,990), a dodger with zip-out window ($1,680), and a mooring cover ($2,990).
It’s hard not to love a center console with all its utility, and having a well-built one like the Jupiter 26 makes a good thing that much better. She’s got the legs to go a distance, and her 22-degree deadrise at the transom along with her proven pad on the keel that helps make her faster and possibly slightly more fuel-efficient than she would be without it.
Jupiter is what we call a low-production, boutique builder and not a mass-market builder. It is a family owned and run enterprise which cares about the brand's reputation.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Jupiter Marine 26 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Fresh Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
= Standard = Optional
Jupiter Marine 26 (2014-) Warranty
Jupiter Marine 26 (2014-) Warranty Information
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