It’s all about the fish...
So does that mean you can’t fish with your family? Absolutely not, but some of the wives we know would run screaming for the Oprah magazines before stepping foot on this boat. Take the seating for example: there is a double bench seat at the helm that converts to a leaning post, the obligatory stiff seat forward of the console, and a jump seat with an oh-so-thin cushion that folds out from the transom. There are no cushy seats with armrests and drink holders, no pedestal mount for the cocktail table, not even bow seats! Not too plush for the family, but for the angler not wanting these things that are nothing more than sponges to soak up rain water, it is probably near perfect. What guy would care that he’s sitting on the jump seat on the way out to the blues? None that we know of and certainly none that would dare mention it.
All of this is not to say that there are not some great ladies who love fishing and are very good at it. There are and if you are hooked up with one of these great catches, count yourself as lucky, indeed. They are also usually a little more understanding when it comes to the priority of a boat’s amenities, as well.
It’s all about the function...
We think that the Sea Craft SC has a center console that is functional and nicely laid out. Switches are conveniently located and protected via a clear cover. Digital throttle controls and an angle-mounted stainless wheel with steering knob are well-positioned. There is a vast amount of space for mounting your electronics of choice, probably more than on virtually any other boat in class – and, maybe even too much, if you are short.
The compass is front and center just at eye level. Trouble is the helm is to port, so the compass should be offset to port as well. The boat comes pre-rigged with type-specific engine monitoring gauges. Storage is in all the usual places. One thing we didn’t care for is the way the T-top is mounted onto the console. A lot of valuable space, which could be put to good use, is taken up with the vertical stanchion mounted to the port and starboard sides of the console at the helm. We understand why they did it, to keep from obstructing the side deck, but we’ve seen better solutions to the problem. These aluminum pipes would make good handholds, except the diameter is a bit too much for all but the largest hands. Why not at least make the wall thickness of the aluminum thicker so the diameter of the pipe could be smaller?The back of the helm seat has four rocket launchers, flip down storage for tackle boxes, and a livewell just below that.
It’s all about power and size...
When it comes to hauling your boat and buddies out to the fishing grounds, you have a wide choice of what sort of power will take you to the fight. Most options allow for a single 300-hp, or twins ranging from 150’s on up to 250’s. You can choose from Mercury Optimax, Mercury Verado, Honda, Suzuki, or Evinrude. Conspicuously absent from this list is Yamaha.
For specs, the SeaCraft SC26 Master Mariner has a length overall of 26' 1'' (7.9 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.6 m), and she draws 23” (58.4 cm). There are fresh and saltwater washdown bibs, both fuel and water separator filters and both an engine starting battery and a house battery. Other standard equipment that we think is noteworthy includes: T-top, hydraulic steering, trim tabs, pressurized bait wells, submersible electrical connectors, military-spec breakers, and a porta-potti. The SC26 is a great boat for a day of fishing. We’d take it just about anywhere within fuel range without hesitation, and come back with great stories, real or made up. But does that mean we’d use it as a family boat, too? Unlikely. No, sometimes marketing hype is just that. This boat...is for anglers.
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