Sailfish’s 23’ (7.01 m) 236 CC is a fishing platform with Sailfish noting the 2017 model’s advancements coming in the design of the center console. More specifically though, the 236 CC is positioned as a “family fishing” boat with an optional head, functional at offshore and inshore fishing, and comfortable seating spaces. Let’s take a closer look at how Sailfish attacked this mission with the 236 CC.
- • Twin 120 qt. insulated bow fish boxes. Situated under the bow seating spaces, the 236 CC has two insulated fish boxes standard. Both have overboard drainage.
- • Self-bailing cockpit. A huge benefit on a fishing boat, the 236 CC’s cockpit is self-bailing throughout with expanded bilge access in the transom as well.
- • Port & Starboard Recessed Fishing Rod Storage. This storage is molded into the gunwales. The 236 CC has rocket launcher rod holders as well but dedicated storage keeping them out of the way is a huge plus.
- • 25 gal Transom Bait Well with LED Lighting. With an acrylic latched lid, the transom bait well is on the transom to port and easy to access, particularly while fishing.
- • Exclusive VDS Hull Design. The VDS (Variable Degree Stepped) Hull’s unusual design actually features three distinct running surfaces; the first with a deep deadrise that cuts through the water and two others that provide for lift and stability. Sailfish advertises it giving the “smoothest ride of any fishing boat on the market.”
- • Single Yamaha F200XB
- • Single Yamaha F250XB
- • Single Yamaha F250XCA
- • Single Yamaha F300XCA
- • Single Mercury 200XL Verado
- • Single Mercury 250XL Verado
- • Single Mercury 300XL Verado
- • Electric Marine Head with Holding Tank & Pump-out
- • Porta-Potti Head
- • Retractable Ski Tow Pylon
- • Leaning Post with Baitwell under Helm Seat Cushion
- • Leaning Post with Tackle Storage
- • Console Top Tackle Organizer
- • Grand Slam Outriggers
- • Underwater LED Lights
- • Removable Bow Table
- • Comfort Package
- • Rear Portside Jump Seat
- • Bow Cushion Bottoms
- • Bow Bolsters
- • Entertainment Package
- • Ski Tow Bar
- • Removable Bow Table
- • Stereo w/USB port
- • Underwater LED lights
- • Offshore Tournament Pack
- • Hard Top
- • Pull-up cleats
- • Bow Light
- • Transom Rod Holders
- Top speed for the Sailfish 236CC (2017-) is 43.6 mph (70.2 kph), burning 25.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 97.27 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sailfish 236CC (2017-) is 26.1 mph (42 kph), and the boat gets 3.0 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.28 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 302 miles (486.02 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 250-hp Yamaha XCA.
The bow on the 236 CC has the familiar “U” shaped seating section. An optional, removable table side-mounts in the footwell of the “U” shape itself. Wraparound plush bolsters provide backrest with stainless steel cup holders forward and aft of the back end. Additionally, forward-facing backrests swivel into place at the aft end of the seating and can be easily adjusted out of the way when the table is in place, and the seating has different requirements.
The bow rails are low-profile along the gunwales, and a below-deck storage locker is present in the footwell of the bow seating. Lifting up the port and starboard sides of the seating reveals twin 120 qt. fish boxes that are insulated and drain overboard. Optional bow filler bolster and cushions are available to turn the bow section into either a large casting platform or sunpad.
Forward-facing and abaft of the bow seating section is the center console jump seat. A simple backrest-cushion and shallow seat-bottom, it becomes part of the party when the table is installed, a perfect distance on the after side.
The center console also houses a step-in space that comes standard with lighting, a lockable door, and mirror all standard. Of course, one can optionally upgrade to include a head in this space.
The helm dash on the 236 CC is simple and straightforward with a large flat panel above the wheel for flush-mounting touchscreen electronics -- many of which can be added in the options phase of the purchase. Stereo controls and rocker switches sit along the top on a black panel with a compass on the top of the console itself.
The helm itself is stainless steel with a control knob and throttle just to starboard. Cup holders are to starboard as well with a mounting point for a smartphone just in between.
The captain’s chair is more of a leaning post with a double-wide seat with flip-down foot rests below (the seating itself sits up fairly high). To port in the leaning post is dedicated storage for a 27 gal. (102.2 L) cooler.
Behind the leaning post features four rocket-launcher rod holders over a cutting board surface that features holsters for various tools and two more cup holders.
The cockpit gunwales have plush bolsters for leaning while casting. Molded in just below is rod storage for two (on both port and starboard side) with two stainless steel rod holders on both the port and starboard gunwales.
Along the transom to the port side is bench seating. The center portion of the seating lifts up with gas-assisted struts to give access to the bilge area, while the port-transom corner seat remains unaffected.
Just aft of the seating, along the transom, there is further tool-holster storage, as well as two additional rod holders in stainless steel. To port of this is a 25 gal (94.6 L) livewell, which is under an acrylic lid and has LED lighting.
The 236 CC is an outboard boat, so the swim platform is not extensive. There is a four-step reboarding ladder that stows under a flush-mounted latch with a grab handle. The transom door is to starboard side just beside the pull out transom shower. Closer to port is a freshwater washdown hose, which has its own holster in the transom tool holder.
The 236 CC offers the following options in Yamaha and Mercury outboards:
Our test boat was equipped with a 250-hp Yamaha outboard engine and had an estimated test weight of 4,900 lbs. (2,223 kg). We hit a top speed of 42.6 mph at 5800 rpm. Best cruise was 29.9 mph with a fuel burn of 2.6 mpg. The boat jumped up on plane in just under 5 seconds and hit 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 5.16 seconds and reached 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 8.69 seconds.
Ride and Handling
Although I was not able to get the boat offshore, the chop in the intercoastal along with crossing steep boat wakes told me that this hull can handle serious offshore duty. Through a series of aggressive S-turns and hard-over U-turns the boat carved in and out of each maneuver with no sense of slide or slipping of the prop. Equally impressive was how nimble the boat felt, something I was not expecting out of a hull that measures 23’ (7.01 m), 6” (15.2 cm) in length with an 8’6” (2.59 cm) beam.
Options to Consider
Each Sailfish boat comes with a 10-year hull warranty and a lifetime “no-rot” guarantee.
The 236 CC’s hard top frame gives a wealth of deck space, and there are many welcome fishing-friendly touches, including the dedicated tool holsters, rod holders, and the molded-in rod storage. The 236 CC could use a bit more storage, but is otherwise a fishing boat with plenty of comfort and the type of vessel -- functional and still fun -- that could convert young family members to the sport for life.
Test Result Highlights
Standard and Optional Features
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Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!