This is a serious meat and game fishing boat with all of the fishing amenities that all of the smaller boats have and more -- and bigger ones, too. That means that she's easily able to handle more anglers, more rods, bigger spreads, and keep more live bait happy and store more landed fish than the little guys. Here, size definitely does matter.
Her Strong Suit.
After her 27' (8.23 m) LOA and 9'2" (2.79 m) beam, her 15" (.38 m) draft is most important. That will allow her to go most anywhere a game fish worth pursuing might flee. This shallow draft is accomplished because she is built light without sacrificing the strength necessary to handle 450-hp on the transom. A hydraulic jack plate comes standard, so prop depth can be adjusted as needed.
Bay and skinny-water fishing means there is a premium on the size of casting decks and the 270Z Bay certainly has them. There is a convenient step up to the bow platform, which is as smooth and flat as possible in keeping with a little deck crown for strength and to have water run off.At the stern, SeaVee has maximum platform square footage by eliminating a outboard splash well and using a hydraulic jack plate affixed to the transom. Again, the platform is unblemished by any protrusions that could cause a stumble.
Speed is important in the 270Z Bay because the kind of water this boat is designed to handle can be pretty big. Think the Bahamas Banks, Pamlico Sound, the Florida Keys and the long bays on Florida's west coat and along the east coast of Texas. Then there is the ICW, Barnet Bay and the Great South Bay of Long Island. These are all very large bodies of water which also can be maddeningly shallow, so when the fish aren't biting in one place it may be many miles to the next possible hot spot.
By utilizing infusion
resin molding and cored hulls, SeaVee is able to keep the boat's weight down to about 3,500 lbs. (1,588 kg), dry, without the engines. That is considerably lighter than any boat remotely near her class. By giving her a 9'2" (2.79 m) beam she has a wider footprint in the water which spreads her displacement out horizontally, rather than vertically. A bay boat with the same weight and length and a typical 8'6" (2.59 m) beam would naturally sink deeper in the water.The 270Z Bay has an unusual bottom shape due to the double step molded into her bottom. This proven design concept sucks air under the boat at high speed from two points along each the port and starboard chines. That assures a maximum cushion of air along the boat’s high-speed running surface to reduce drag, making for better fuel efficiency and a higher top-end speed. Further, the boat’s aft foot or bottom is cut away so that it comes out of the water when at high speed, thus reducing drag still more.All of this, plus the 270Z Bay’s moderate 17-degree deadrise at the aft edge of the running surface makes for a fast running surface.
SeaVee is not locked into an exclusive deal with any engine maker so consumers buying this boat can have her rigged for pretty much any engine brand wanted. With a maximum rating of 450-hp, any number of combinations can be installed depending on the application and preference.
The 270Z Bay’s forward casting platform has been designed with plenty of space forward and side “wings” which allow an angler to work a fish around to the side of the boat as well. A step on the center line makes it easy to move up or down. All hatches are mounted flush and all hinges and hasps are counter sunk to avoid protruding above the plane of the surface. The boat’s six cleats are the pull-up style.
Forward, there is a 24-gallon livewell – one out of as many as four which can be installed aboard, making it handy for anglers and comfortable for bait as well. The boat is also well-endowed with fishboxes, with a total capacity of 150 gallons in two self-draining overboard compartments forward.On the cockpit sole forward of the console and just abaft the bow casting deck is a large compartment that can hold not only a 5 gallon plastic bucket but also is custom designed for safety gear and other gear.
In the forward facing of the console, we find the ship’s electrical panel and battery switch behind the seat back. We like this location because it is handy and does not require getting down on one’s hands and knees to flip switches and read the little inscriptions for each toggle’s functionality.The business side of the console is simple and ergonomically correct. The wheel is positioned to the left to allow a companion to also sit on the leaning post so as to not bother the captain, and the throttle and shift control is mounted nearly on the horizontal. This is mounted about as well as we have seen it, and is far better than the nearly vertical mounting that we find on some center consoles.On the boat in the images on this page, we can see that there is one 16” navigation screen installed with other accessories mounted to the right. The use of this real estate is totally at the discretion of the consumer. In any case, there is more than enough room for everything needed.
The Stern Casting Deck.
Aft there is a large centerline seat which folds down to make a casting platform that is rectangular in shape, rather than being wrapped around an outboard well. The added utility and safety of this design is obvious. Below the hatches we find more fishboxes and compartments that can be made into livewells. One of the distinct advantages of the 270Z Bay is her ability to be customized for whatever fishing opportunity or application the owner has in mind.
Since so much of the deck surface of this boat is composed of hatches, it is important to know that they have been carefully engineered to withstand the stresses exerted by even portly anglers. These hatches are resin-infused, much the way the hull is, and cored for both lightweight and strength. All hatches are gasketed and their lips fit in to deep channels that are self-draining overboard. That means that the boat can be left out on a mooring or in a slip during rain storms without worry of the bilge filling when a battery dies.
SeaVee is known for making large, rugged center consoles which often include cutting edge technology or some of the industry’s latest innovations. It is a company that is nimble and that can be an advantage for anglers who want something a little different or modifications to the standard, off-the-shelf production boat.We are happy to see that SeaVee is promoting the 270Z Bay as primarily a boat for somewhat protected water and not as an all-purpose go-anywhere center console as some builders seem to do with bay boats that really have no business offshore in anything except calm conditions. Nevertheless, her design is actually better for coastal work than a number of bay boats we have seen. Her bow is higher, it certainly has a great amount of flare, something that should keep her dry in mild chop.Probably the most important thing about the boat after the sheer deck square-footage and storage space, is her ability to go fast. We have not tested the boat so cannot speculate on what her top speed might be, but with her double-step hull design and horsepower rating, we guess she could be the fastest boat on the bay.
Standard and Optional Features
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