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Brief Summary

If you want a semi-custom sport or fishing boat, but don't want to sell a vital organ to pay for it, take a look at the Concept 27. She has a classic 24-degree deep-V hull, so you know she'll ride nice in open water; She's ruggedly built, so she won't fall apart; rated for up to 350-hp, she'll be fast; and she is extremely customizable, so you can get exactly the boat you want, and not what somebody else wants to sell you. Even better, thanks to the company's practice of selling factory-direct, your Concept 27 won't come with a price tag approaching the national debt. Buyers willing to forego fancy graphics and lots of options can buy a Concept 27, with a 225-hp Mercury Optimax outboard, for around $45,000. In an industry where money talks, the Concept 27 has a lot to say.

Key Features

  • Aluminum Powder Coated Bow Rails & Grab Rails
  • Anchor Locker
  • Built-in Aft Bench Seat
  • Cigarette Lighter
  • Cockpit Lights (4)
  • Compass
  • Custom Steering Wheel
  • Dry Storage
  • Automatic Bilge Pumps (2)
  • Fish Box / Cooler
  • Fwd. Console Cooler
  • Livorsi Gauges
  • Heavy Duty Rub Rail
  • Hydraulic Steering
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 8''
    8.13 m
    Beam 94''
    2.39 m
    Dry Weight 3,200 lbs.
    1,451 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 16''
    0.41 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 24 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 110 gal.
    416 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Various single and twin Mercury upto 300-hp
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    Captain's Report

    Concept 27
    In fishboat trim, the Concept 27 can be rigged with all the gear an offshore angler would want, including a live well built into the leaning post, rocket launchers in the seat back and on the T-top, which can have an aluminum plate welded-in to take a radar scanner. The outboard bracket helps keep the propeller immersed while going fast in rough seas.

    An Unknown Boatbuilder?

    Mention Concept Boats to most boating enthusiasts and you'll get blank looks: The company isn't nearly as well-known as Fountain or Regulator or Baja or any of the other "big names" in high-performance sport- and fishboats. But for the past 27 years Concept boats have been rolling out of the plant in Opa Locka, Florida, near Miami. Currently their product line runs from 23 to 44-feet (7 to 13.4 m), and encompasses fishing, sport, sport deck and sport yacht models.

    Concept 27
    For some reason, fishermen love black boats, according to our contact at Concept. We might opt out of the oversized company name, but we like the stylish T-top legs. A transom door is optional, permits easy access onto the Armstrong motor bracket.

    Without a network of dealers to order stock boats, Concept builds only to order – but no dealers means no dealer markup: A full-blown 27, with 300-hp Mercury Verado, custom graphics and lots of options will run about $65,000, way less money than most comparable boats on the market. No stock boats means you can have your Concept just the way you want it, too. Fish, sport, or a little of both – the company will work with you to ensure your boat is just right.

    Concept 27
    How did the model find a swimsuit to match the blue in the graphics? We guess she just knows how to shop. Or maybe it's painted on? Whatever, graphics are a big part of owning a high-performance boat, and Concept can give you as intricate a design as you want, all done in long-lasting PPG paint – and they cover it with a 10-year warranty against fading. Note the aluminum frame of the leaning post and the radar arch are powder-coated. This is top quality stuff.

    Construction

    No boats take more of a beating than fast sport- and fishboats, so when choosing a boat that'll run 50 mph (80.5 kmph) or more it's important to know how it's designed and built. The Concept 27 is all-composite, with no wood anywhere – even the transom is cored with high-density Klegecell closed-cell foam. The hull is a straight deep-V, 24 degree deadrise, no steps. Its fiberglass reinforcement is hand-laid in vinylester resin, solid in the bottom and cored above the waterline. (All coring is Klegecell.) The stringers are also foam-cored. Concept Boats covers the hull with a lifetime warranty, transferable in the first 10 years.

    Concept 27
    Conservative folks might prefer this cleanly arranged console, with the compass and all gauges right under the sight line of the skipper. We'd put a larger GPS/plotter in an overhead electronics box on the T-top. Our Concept 27 would have high-performance controls and trim tabs with mechanical indicators.

    Belt and Suspenders

    The deck is similarly well-constructed, and married to the hull with belt and suspenders: First, the two components are bonded with high-grip methacrylate adhesive; many builders would stop here. But Concept then reinforces the joint with stainless-steel screws -- we suspect they also hold the rubrail in place. Even more builders would stop here, but Concept goes one step further, fiberglassing the hull/deck joint on the inside. Why go so crazy with this? Even the best-laid hull is subject to tremendous twisting and wracking strains when running hard offshore; without the deck to create a monocoque structure, the hull could deform enough to break something. The hull-to-deck joint is key to holding the whole boat together, and Concept doesn't want to take any chances.

    Concept 27
    Fish-aholics will like the bait well built into the leaning post, and the four-rig rocket launcher. We like the seat back on the leaning post, since we usually sit on top of the cushion while trolling and can use the support. Note this boat has a slightly different helm layout and graphics than the other two.

    Horsepower

    Susan Patterson, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at Concept, said that most 27s – "90% or so" -- are rigged with a single outboard on a bracket. The boat's speed with a single engine is one of its biggest selling points, according to Patterson: With a 300-hp Mercury Verado it will run between 55 and 60 mph (88.5 and 96.6 kmph), she said. Note that we haven't tested the boat ourselves, so you'll have to take her word for it. However, twin-OB set-ups are also available for those who must have them. But a single engine means a lower initial cost, less maintenance costs and faster speeds on a horsepower-for-horsepower basis. Today's outboards are so reliable we wouldn't hesitate to go offshore with just one, and would count on Sea Tow as our backup should something go wrong.

    Concept 27
    This Concept 27 is very cleanly laid out, to keep the cockpit as clear as possible. Options include removable aft seating and a transom door for easy access onto the bracket. Forward, the filler creating the casting platform is removable to form V seats.
    Concept 27
    Here's an aft seat option, with the transom door. The seat folds out of the way when not needed. This is the most comfortable place to sit when running hard offshore.

    Why a bracket? Not only does it provide a platform at the transom, but the bracket also moves the engine farther from the hull, providing a cleaner flow of water to the prop; hard-core performance boatmen use the improved water flow to mount the engine a little higher and reduce drag. We don't think Concept goes this far, but the bracket will also let the prop drag in the water longer when the boat's wave-jumping. And with this boat, you'll be wave-jumping. We guarantee it.

    Concept 27
    Or you can have it this way, no transom door but a wider, permanent seat. This would be our choice; it leaves the transom intact for stowage lockers, with one under the seat, too.

    Our Recommendation

    We like this boat a lot, especially since it's reasonably priced -- $65,000 for a well-equipped boat with a 300 Verado. For comparison, a Regulator 28, another excellent boat, costs $159,995, albeit with twin 300-hp OBs. (A 300-hp OB costs about $25,000, we estimate.) The Regulator is 11" (28 cm) longer than the Concept, 19" (48.2 cm) wider and quite a bit heavier – but it's almost $100,000 more, and that's base! Even a 2010 Mako 264 lists for $69,995, base, with twin 200 Optimax OBs, and it's not nearly as much of an offshore boat as the Concept. We think if you want a quality boat built just the way you want it, but don't want to spend a fortune, the Concept 27 is an excellent choice for further investigation.

    Concept 27
    It's not all about speed, but this Concept 27 looks like it's doing 60 even when it's standing still. Is it a speedboat rigged for fishing, or a fishing boat that wants to race? Who cares – we like it.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    VHF Radio Optional

    Systems

    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Portable Optional
    Trim Tabs Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Transom Door Optional
    Transom Shower Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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