Swiss Army Boat
Fishermen need rod holders, bait wells, a rigging station and lots of free gunwale space; that's why center consoles make such good fishing boats – their whole length is open for angling. But most have little place to sit, certainly no place to sprawl in comfort. Family boats, on the other hand, are usually packed with seats – helm seat, companion seat, aft bench seat, forward seats in bowriders and so forth. There's no room left for fishing. Sea Fox took the middle ground when they created the 236 DC, using the multifunction Swiss Army knife approach.
Starting with a family bowrider, Sea Fox adapted the cockpit for fishing, adding a bait-rigging station, rod holders, raw water washdown and a 72-qt. (68.1 l) removable cooler. The passenger seat is a back-to-back affair that can unfold to make a narrow sunbed, but can serve for a perch to watch baits, too. They fit lockable rod stowage into the portside console and a rod box under the port gunwale; for family comfort, there's an in-console head with a portable toilet and dome light, too. A large under-sole locker will hold a wakeboard; a ski-tow bar is optional.
Sea Fox is known for its rugged "Fibre4" construction, proven in their fishing boats which are often driven hard. The 236 DC benefits, even though it might not endure such treatment (at least not with Mom and the kids aboard). There's no structural wood in the 236 DC, nor in any Sea Fox. The foam-cored hull is supported by all-fiberglass stringers that are also bonded to the cockpit sole, creating a box-beam structure that shouldn't twist or wrack no matter how hard you push it. In the transom, a glassed-in aluminum plate adds support around the engine mount.Closed cell foam injected into appropriate spaces in the hull and deck provides positive flotation, while all-stainless hardware will stand up to the elements without demanding maintenance. Sea Fox covers the 236 DC with a limited lifetime hull warranty.
Sea Fox is one of the major players in the offshore fishing world, so folks looking for a dual-purpose family/fishing boat would be remiss not to check out this dual-console 236 DC. We haven't tested the boat, but independent sources say she'll run over 48 mph (78 kph) with a single 200-hp outboard. (Max power is 250-hp.) That's plenty fast for fishing or family fun, in our opinion. Her combination of fishboat and bowrider leaves a little to be desired in either case when compared to a single-purpose boat (not as much cockpit room for fishing, not as comfortable seating for family), but she's certainly more than up to both tasks in our opinion. We'd add the Sea Fox 236 DC to our list if we needed a Swiss Army boat.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|