by Capt. Steve
This vessel started out life as the hugely popular 265 Canyon Runner, and while the boat was successful, this is a company that listens to customer feedback, and customers wanted more. Now she has a larger helm space for new electronic displays, rocket launchers at the leaning post, a larger livewell and higher windshield. The changes make her a lot better equipped for serious offshore work.
The 2665 Canyon has higher freeboard than most monohulls her size.•
Easy to Maneuver.
Because the outboard engine are mounted so far apart, the boat is easier to maneuver at the dock. •
More Cockpit Space
Because the hull sides are nearly vertical and not angles in, as are most monohull boats, the cockpit deck extends father outboard. This is why the 2665 Canyon looks so big inside. Because the twin hulls extend to the boat without coming to a point at the centerline as do monohulls, there is more deck space forward.•
– At 4,200 pounds (1905 kg) she is one of the lightest in class, which gives her better economy.•
Huge fish locker
– at 150 gallons each (567.8 L) the simple fact they will hold more than the legal limit in most places.•
Dual fuel systems.
There are two engines, two separate fuel tanks and two separate fuel lines to the engine.•
Console mounted raw water washdown
– this puts the washdown in reach of both the bow and stern, an important factor when the blood starts flowing.•
– one of the easiest items to add to the options list and guarantee an up charge. Not so on Glacier Bay's 2665 because it is standard.
Anyone who questions the offshore capability of a cat is clearly a person who has never been on one. Their ability to carve through heavy seas is nothing short of incredible but the Glacier Bay 2665 actually has the stones to prove it. Years ago this model not only won the 728-mile, non-stop Bermuda Challenge setting the standard for its class, it accompanied the sister boat on a 1,330-mile Hawaii-to-Midway Island run.
At the Bow
Our test model has an optional bow pulpit with anchor roller and a Lewmar windlass. Next to the windlass is a deep anchor and line locker that is large enough to stow lines and fenders in addition to 150’ (45.7 m) of anchor rode. The anchor deck is plenty big enough to step up and handle the anchoring duties or even serve double duty as a casting deck.
The bow area has two steps up to it next to the helm. In front of the helm is a handy bench seat to relax in on the way to the fishing grounds. In the main bow deck are two lockers. The front locker is a beam-width shallow gear locker and the aft locker is a deep locker. The keepers go in one of the two insulated 150 gallon (567.8 L) fish boxes with pump outs to both sides of the console.
Inside the helm compartment is a large space with standard portable toilet. With family aboard, this will be handy, but serious off-shore fishermen, may want to use the big locker for buckets and gear. Besides a red/white light and shelf inside, there is an upper hatch for access to the back of the electronics panel and a lower cover to access plumbing and wire runs underneath.
The raised helm deck gives you a clear view ahead. The helm layout leaves plenty of landscape around the dash for electronics in the locking panel behind the wheel. Our test boat already had twin Raymarine E80s installed but electronics are aftermarket items since Glacier Bay isn't in the electronics business.
The steering wheel is a standard stainless three-spoke model with steering knob. On the top of the dash was a handy chart holder with Plexiglas cover. The windshield is a wrap-around Plexiglas windscreen that doesn’t rob vision with additional framework. This model was outfitted with a standard stainless steel T-top with canvas cover and optional Taco Grand Slam outriggers. This rig also has four rocket launcher rod holders across the back and a deck fishing light in the center.
The leaning post seat is quite utilitarian. It has tackle boxes stored in the bottom on both sides and a tip- out bin in the top on both sides. Across the back are four rocket launcher rod holders and two sturdy grab rails. The back of the leaning post unit has a 32-gallon (121.1 L) livewell with clear lift-off lid and a clear front window to keep an eye on the bait.
In the Cockpit
The aft cockpit is fish central with lots of working space. The wide caprails have room to add electric trolling gear. There are two rod holders on each side and line hawsers to cleanly lead docking lines to the cleats underneath. Bolsters are standard and toe kick space is great due to the wide deck-cap design. Three rod racks are on both sides along with a deck wash-down under one corner. There's an option to place an aluminum deck plate for mounting a fighting chair in the center of the cockpit sole.
In the sole are twin insulated fish lockers with pumps. Over in the port corner at the aft wall is a pull-out shower wand and small sink. Below is access to battery storage and fuel/water separators on each side. In the top of the starboard side is a handy cutting board with tool and hook organizer. In the step-over to the stern is a hatch for access to the battery switch and battery management center. The swim platform is great if you intend to use the boat for diving. There is a concealed three-step swim ladder and high rails that will make it easy to get back on board even when in full dive gear.
Specs and Performance
The 2665 Canyon Runner measures 26’1” length overall and is 8’9”across the beam. This power catamaran only draws 18”and carries 180 gallons of fuel in twin 90-gallon tanks. She is rated for up to twin 150-hp outboards and only weighs 4,200 lbs dry. We tested the vessel in a bay near Seattle on a calm day. She handled well around the docks with a ripping current and made wide sweeping turns without loosing momentum. She reached a maximum speed of 42.6 mph at 5900 rpm and a cruise speed of 20 mph at 3000 rpm for a cruise range of 498 miles. She is up on plane in 1.7 seconds and reaches 30 mph in 5.5 seconds.
A 26' boat is a good size for offshore work in reasonable conditions. But because the Glacier Bay 2665 Canyon has higher freeboard than most monohull center consoles this size, and because the catamaran design is simply more capable in sloppy conditions, we think the 2665 is a particularly good choice for boaters planning serious offshore fishing.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Glacier Bay 2665 Canyon Runner is 42.6 mph (68.6 kph), burning 30.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 116.96 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Glacier Bay 2665 Canyon Runner is 20.0 mph (32.2 kph), and the boat gets 3.08 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.31 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 498 miles (801.45 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 150-hp Yamaha Outboards.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
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