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Baja 26 Outlaw (2007-)

1 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag HO (sterndrive)

Brief Summary

The latest entry into the redesigned Outlaw series is the all-new 26 which replaces the 25 Outlaw.

Key Features

  • Sliding and lockable cabin door
  • 2 drop-down Aero bolster seats
  • Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo
  • Padded sundeck with electric lift and release
  • Backlit red Livorsi instrumentation
  • Stainless steel hardware throughout
  • Cushioned V-berth
  • In-gel 4-color Outlaw graphics

Test Results

600 3.9 3.3 1.7 2.26 1.97 206 179 74
1000 6.3 5.4 2.8 2.23 1.94 203 176 73
1500 8.1 7 4.5 1.81 1.57 164 143 83
2000 10.3 8.9 6.7 1.54 1.34 140 122 83
2500 26.6 23.1 7.9 3.37 2.93 306 266 83
3000 32.2 28 10.1 3.2 2.79 291 253 84
3500 41.7 36.3 14.4 2.9 2.52 263 229 89
4000 49.7 43.2 19.5 2.55 2.21 231 201 92
4500 56 48.7 27.4 2.05 1.78 186 162 92
5000 60.8 52.8 33.7 1.81 1.57 164 143 94
5120 66.2 57.6 34.8 1.9 1.65 173 150 95


Length Overall 26' 0''
Beam 8' 4''
Dry Weight 4,800 lbs.
Draft 38''
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 101 gal.
Water Capacity none


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.9 sec.
0 to 30 7.1 sec.
Ratio 1.50:1
Props Mirage Lap Finish 23 pitch 3-blade stainless steel
Load 2 persons, fuel: 1/2, water: none, gear: minimal
Climate Temp: 83 deg., humid: 63%, wind: 15 knots, seas: 1-2' chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Mag HO (sterndrive)
Std. Power 1 x 375-MerCruiser 496 Magnum
Opt. Power 1 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnum HO
1 x 525-hp Mercury Racing HP525 EFI
1 x 600-hp Mercury Racing HP600 SCI


Deck Warranty Extended 5-year Limited Warranty
Engine Warranty Extended None
Gelcoat Warranty Extended 3-Year Limited Warranty
Hull Warranty Extended 5-year Limited Warranty

Captain's Report

Simply Outstanding By Vince Daniello, Test Captain Keep it simple, the old adage has surely been used regarding every conceivable design, device, mechanism, procedure, protocol, or apparatus from the first wheeled vehicle to the latest in space travel. It is also an adage Baja follows, electing to sacrifice a few tenths or hundredths of a knot of top end speed they might gain with stepped hulls, giant trim tabs, wedges, widgets, and assorted doohickeys many other performance boats use. But what they may lose in theoretical performance, in ideal conditions, with everything tweaked out by micrometer, adjusted for windage, compensated for water salinity, and in step with the alignment of the sun and moon, they make up for with one simple operating procedure: Push the throttle forward to go really fast, pull it back a little to slow down a bit. I don’t mean to say Baja’s boats are “simple” as in “unremarkable,” but rather that the company chooses design parameters that keep the boat simple to operate. They also give their boats a simple, unencumbered look, and make them simple to maintain. Design & Performace So what is the big gain in performance from all the complexities and contemplations of other builders? Judging by the Outlaw 26, not much. Our test boat topped out at 66.2 miles-per-hour, impressive from the 425 horsepower MerCruiser 496 Mag HO. Not fast enough for you? When Baja revamped their 25 Outlaw to create this 26, they added enough room to the engine space for a 600 horsepower engine (The 25 could only fit 525 horsepower.) While they were changing things, Baja re-engineered the hull and stringer system, adding Kevlar and carbon fiber, so the new 26 only weighs about 50 pounds more than the 25 it replaces, and they tweaked the hull design a bit too, which might explain why the 26 is over a half-knot faster than the 25 we tested previously with the same power. More horsepower in roughly the same weight, with a faster hull: This new 26 should be, quite simply, a rocket ship. Increased Speed This increase in speed from the same horsepower highlights an important point. Baja goes through whatever complexities are necessary to make their designs better, they just forgo using “tricks” to make their boats faster. For example, many manufacturers reduce drag, and therefore increase speed, by incorporating one or more “steps” or notches cut at an angle across the bottom of the hull. As the boat reaches a certain speed, these steps draw air down beneath the boat, which breaks the suction of the hull in the water, and significantly reduces drag. This principle was first developed by Glenn Curtiss in 1912 as a way to make his seaplane design lift free of the water sooner. Steps are undeniably effective, but the double-edged sword is that stepped hulls quickly lose friction as they accelerate past a certain speed, a function of the design of the step plus sea conditions, and then quickly gain it back as they decelerate below that certain speed. This can lead to boats that either want to break free and run at forty miles-per-hour, or suck down and run at fourteen, but are difficult to operate between. Deep-V Hull Baja avoids this problem with a “simple” 24 degree Deep-V hull, which I found to be very predictable at slower speeds. 24 degrees is also a pretty steep Vee, which again sacrifices a bit of top-end speed over a flatter-bottomed hull, but the deeper Vee cuts through choppy water better. So once again, Baja chose a design that might not look as impressive in theoretical top-end performance, but will run better in real conditions. Baja Style Another place Baja chooses simplicity is in their unique look, with very clean, stark lines. To keep this simple look hardware is hidden, like the stainless steel pull-up cleats, or powder-coated white to blend with the hull, such as the white handrail and large opening hatches on the foredeck. Appendages like the windshield are purposefully understated. But this stern look of the Outlaw is balanced with bold graphics, molded into the gelcoat rather than simply applied vinyl decals or paint seen on some boats. This makes Baja’s hulls more difficult to build, but less prone to scratches and fading, and therefore simpler to maintain. In fact, Baja forgoes many simple solutions when building their boats. For example, they choose to finish the inside of storage compartments in smooth gelcoat, and add useful touches like plenty of stainless steel handrails and drinkholders. One thing I would have preferred though is a cooler, perhaps built into the bench seat in the cockpit. Baja says their 26 Outlaw offers more: “more speed, more style, more comfort.” But what they also offer is less: a less cluttered look, a less temperamental hull design, and less to worry about maintaining.

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