Sailfish enters the dual console market with its new 275DC. She is built with the same “SailTech” construction methods and utilizes the same VDS (Variable Deadrise Stepped) hull that gives the brand's center consoles their smooth, dry ride in choppy conditions. That, coupled with her many amenities, we were impressed with what we found in the 275DC.
- 4-step boarding ladder with fiberglass lid
- Insulated bow fishboxes with overboard drains
- 58'' flip-up transom seating
- Gunwale rod storage
- Port side deluxe captain's chair
- Galley has Corian counter tops, sink with faucet and built-in cooler
- 16 cup holders
|Length Overall||26' 2'' / 7.98 m|
3,193 kg(w/ eng)
2.46 m (max)
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||5.0 sec.|
|0 to 30||9.3 sec.|
|Props||14 x 19 Enertia 3-blade|
|Load||2 persons, 877/1000 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||75 deg., 78 humid.; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: 0-1|
2 x 150-hp Mercury four-stroke
Mission of the Sailfish 275DC
Sailfish, known for its focus on fishing boats, has entered the cross-over market with the versatile 275DC. A dual console boat that provides combination of form and function for both serious fishing and weekend family outings, watersport activities and entertaining. With the advanced styling and performance of the VDS hull and Sail-Tech construction, this boat is intended to fish and play hard while providing a solid, stable ride in virtually any weather.
With a 9' (2.74 m) beam and a cockpit depth of 30” (76.2 cm) at the stern and 38” (96.52 cm) at the bow, a large, step-down private head and deep bow seating, the 275DC should provide safety, comfort and versatility for all aboard. The new boat also has design features -- such as her VDS hull -- that any fisherman should appreciate.
A Real Cross-Over.
The 275DC is not a family cruiser that had some rod holders and livewell added. Nor is she a hardcore offshore fishing boat that had some cushions and a tow bit added to make her a ski boat. The Sailfish 275DC has been designed from the keel up as a real multitasking, full-featured boat that can easily appeal to the fisherman and the family watersport enthusiasts. It can even take on the task of casual entertaining with its well thought-out amenities with generally excellent fit and finish.
We tested the Sailfish 275DC with just over 165 gallons (624.59 L) of fuel, no water, two people and minimal gear which gave us a test weight of approximately 8,110 lbs. (3,679 kgs.). The weather was overcast and there was an occasional fog with a light wind. Not a bad day to test the performance of this boat.
Power and Props.
The first thing that we noticed is how solid a feel this boat has with plenty of power to get her up and running. The boat was fitted with twin Mercury 150 XL FourStrokes turning 14 x 19 three blade Enertia S/S propellers. Even though Sailfish has designed the 275DC as a multi-use boat, fitting her with these props will allow her to easily obtain a good top-end speed.
We recorded a top speed at wide open throttle of 45.9 mph at 5300 rpm while burning a combined 28.2 gph. Best cruise from a miles-per-gallon perspective was at 3500 rpm where we recorded a speed of 27.0 mph while burning a combined 10.2 gph giving us a range of approximately 432 statute miles, with a 10% fuel reserve.
Our Cruising Speed.
While testing the boat, we liked running her at approximately 4500 rpm with a speed of 38.2 mph while burning a combined 20.8 gph which reduced our range to approximately 343 statute miles.
When towing at an average speed of 18 to 20 mph, the boat would be turning approximately 3000 rpm burning 8.4 gph. Nice numbers for a twin engine boat with a solid ride at this speed.
The turning was smooth and responsive to the input at the helm as we entered and exited each turn. The boat leveled off quickly, with minimal roll and maintained hull speed. When accelerating from a dead stop, she lifted out of the water quickly with minimal bow rise and got on plane in approximately 5.0 seconds. Her running angle was 5-degrees.
Dry As a Bone.
With an impressive gunwale height and one of the deepest cockpit in the industry, this boat kept us dry as we tried to get wet by crashing the wake of our camera boat at numerous different angles. There was no pounding as we came off the wakes and re-entered the water.
VDS Hull Design. Sailfish features what it calls its Variable Deadrise Stepped Hull (VDS) to improve lift and stability, at the same time giving the boat a comfortable ride. The “first” hull angle which is next to the keel and pad, has the deepest deadrise, is designed to cut the water forward and cushion the ride aft when running in choppy conditions. The “second” hull angle has a more shallow deadrise which is a compromise between ride and a more horizontal surface for lift. The “third” hull angle is the shallowest of all and is intended to provide both lift and stability.
High Windshield Frame. We noticed this immediately as we approached the boat and it was one of the first measurements logged into our notes. The height of the windshield measures 59” (150 cm). Not only did this provide outstanding visibility while at the helm, but it actually protected us from the wind, instead of pushing it directly into our face. It also kept us from slouching down to avoid the wind and popping up to take a look around.
High-Freeboard. Her freeboard forward at about mid bow is 47.5" (1.21 m). Freeboard at the stern is 36.5" (0.93 m). The high freeboard not only makes it harder for water to get into the boat, but it also allows the cockpit to be deeper to keep people inside where they belong. This is particularly important in a family boat like the 275DC.
Exceeds ABYC Standards. Just as important was the fact that we were not looking straight into a windshield header either at idle or underway. ABYC standards call for "low eye" visibility to be 27" off the depressed seat to a "high eye" position of 33" off a depressed seat. At 59" high, the header was a good 8" higher than required by the standards. ABYC standards call for gunwales to be at least 24" off the deck, but on the 275DC they are 30" off the deck in the stern and 40" off the deck in the bow.
9' (2.74 m) Beam. Most boats in class have an 8'6" (2.59 m) beam, but the 275DC has 6" (.15 m) more. That extra room comes into play in subtle ways all over the boat.
Exceptional Range. At best cruise, this boat has a 432 statute mile/375 nautical mile range. She has the largest fuel capacity in class, plus is economical with the 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke.
Built-In Safety Features
Keeping water out and people in is clearly one of the priorities for Sailfish
Sailfish provides one of the deepest cockpit depths in the industry with 30” (76 cm) at the stern that increases to 40” (97cm) at the bow. This will provide a sense of safety and security for the family and keep the kids secure. The seats forward -- just where most kids will want to hang out -- the seat backs are 19" from the top of the cushions to the coaming.
Besides the cockpit depth and extended freeboard, there are a couple other unique features that instill a great sense of safety and security aboard this boat. The deck has 2" recessed cockpit drains on each side. The drain covers are hinged for easy access to clean. The powder coated bow rails are recessed into the caprail. Not only do they look cool, but they are convenient to hold onto.
4-Step Swim Ladder.
We don't know whether to put the 4-step swim ladder in safety features or watersports features. Here again, the ABYC has standards. First, all boats must have a reboarding ladder that extends at least 12" below the surface of the water. Second, it must be reachable from the water for deployment. Third, there needs to be a hand-hold on deck. Fourth, the ladder needs to be able to withstand a 400-lb. shock loading.Most builders, even those selling the most expensive boats, have only 3-steps on their boarding ladders, which makes the 275DC exceptional with its 4 steps.
The freeboard height on this boat is what makes it unique and provides that additional safety that is valued when offshore. A full 36.5” (84 cm) at the stern and increasing to 47.5” (109 cm) at the bow.
The Sailfish 275DC tested was equipped with twin Mercury 150 FourStroke XL, 150-hp outboards with hydraulic power steering. She is also available with twin 200-hp outboards. The boat has a fuel capacity of 188 gallons (711.65 L).
Noteworthy Standard Equipment
The 275DC has an impressive list of standard equipment, but a few items stand out as being noteworthy.
At the bow is an optional stainless steel anchor davit with a windlass and a standard 6” anchoring cleat that recesses into the deck for smooth, snag-free surface. We like the look of the optional polished ss stem protection plate on the bow.
According to the builder, the composite hulls are kept in the molds for a full four days to allow them to cure correctly and reinforced with Kevlar along the keel and Carbon Fiber for added durability in the deck supports. The entire stringer system is foamed filled for added safety, which is common industry practice. Many standard features - such as livewells, tackle storage compartments and cast net storage are molded directly into the boat for greater durability and ease of use, says the builder.
Flush Mounted Hinges and Hardware.
As part of the intelligent ergonomic design that Sailfish incorporates in their boats, we found that all the hinges have reversed barrels and the deck plates are recessed into the mounting surface leaving nothing protruding to stub toes or cut feet when boating barefoot. This hardware can be tricky to operate at times and may need a little nudge by stepping down on the hatch while locking or unlocking. There is a red indicator dot to assist in getting the latch properly aligned to lock.
Highly Functional, Easily Cleaned Non-skid Surfaces.
We found a unique raised dot non-skid surface at the decks. After spending years scrubbing dirt and fishing grime from an unforgiving surface, we wish we had this feature. It is a dot spacing non-skid surface that is strategically spaced to allow the majority of the dirt to be hosed off with normal water pressure, eliminating the need for back-breaking scrubbing, and it provided sure-footed traction.
Full Functionality at the Helm.
More time is spent behind the helm than anywhere else in the boat. The Sailfish 275DC helm console is large enough to accommodate the latest in flush mount electronics.
Ergonomic Helm Features.
The key switches are located down and away on the starboard gunwale, so as to decrease the likelihood of bumping into them while underway. Trim tab controls are located at the fingertips allowing for operation while running the throttle and maintaining a handhold on the wheel. The wheel is stainless steel with a turning knob and full tilt feature. The best part is that the emergency disconnect tether does not interfere with the operation of the controls.
Fishing Is Sailfish’s Specialty:
Every Sailfish is loaded with lots of standard equipment for the fisherman and the 275DC is no exception to the rule. This is not a boat that has forgotten its roots or one that takes fishing casually.
Rods and Reels.
Multiple rod holders are strategically located throughout the cockpit enabling the angler to secure the rods when the need arises. There are 6 of them across the stern caprail and 2 on each side of the optional radar arch and hard top, for a total of 10 rod holders. This will make it easy to stow a rod when the fish are biting and the action is hot on the deck.
Rod storage is located under the gunwales on both sides of the boat. Two to starboard and three to port and there is also optional additional in-floor rod holders.
Bait and Tackle.
At the starboard quarter, there’s a 30 gallon (113.6 L) insulated bait well. The corners are rounded, the interior of the well is tinted light blue to reduce the stress on the baitfish and it has LED lighting for night fishing.
There is an insulated fishbox in the cockpit with a Grouper Gulper pump to provide storage for the catch and to pump it dry at day's end. Built-in tackle storage allows for having the right terminal tackle on board when needed. There are two insulated, self-draining fishboxes forward that double as storage boxes. As well as insulated, in-floor fish boxes that double as storage and drain overboard.
Working the Fish.
A wide walkthrough windshield allows easy passage from the stern to bow, an important feature when fighting a fish, and recessed LED deck lighting makes night fishing safe and easy.
A Time To Fish And A Time To Play
The 275DC should appeal to the families with her abundant seating arrangements, galley, stand up head, plenty of room for storage and lots of built-in safety features.
Passage through the cockpit to the stern is facilitated by a stern gate that opens inward and closes solidly against a molded stop that prevents the gate from opening outward.
Ski Tow Pylon.
In the center of the stern caprail is a recessed ski tow pylon which is easily raised and locked into place. Also located in the caprail is a flush-mounted shower head. A twist of the mechanism activates the shower.
Plenty of Storage.
We started with the deck storage. A hatch between the center of the walkthrough opens to reveal plenty of area for the boards and gear.
The storage compartment in the deck between the consoles is huge at 5’9” x 13” x 1’4” deep (1.75 m x 33 cm x .4 m). That’s big enough to swallow all the boards and water toys one's heart desires. But… the hatch is also huge and it’s hinged from the front. This makes it accessible from the sides, as well as from the stern, but the hatch is so large that in the fully opened position it comes in contact with the closed walkthrough windshield and could possibly break it (no we didn’t). The fix is to open the windshield, or shorten the struts. Either way it’s an easy fix.
Forward of this compartment, at the bow is another deck storage cabinet to stow gear. This one measures 35” x 14” x 11” (89 cm x 36 cm x 28 cm). The compartment is insulated but the lid is not insulated. If needed, it can easily be loaded up with ice and drinks or converted to a fishbox. Storage continues in the bow, under the seat cushions of both the port and starboard sides. Plenty of room to stow the gear.
Here is a nice feature with high-end amenities. A Corian countertop, measuring 21” x 20” (53 cm x 51 cm), with a recessed sink and stainless steel faucet. A raised countertop forward of the sink, measuring 12” (30.5 cm) x 35” (90 cm) houses 5 stainless steel cup holders. Below, on the left side are storage drawers and galley storage access and at the rear is a pull out trash receptacle. There is enough room for an optional propane grill that Sailfish packages together with a 12V refrigerator, shore power and a built-in battery charger ($7,038).
Plenty of Seating
The 275DC has lots of seating, starting with the bench seat across the transom and an optional fold-down port bench seat. Measuring 53” x 17” (135 cm x 43 cm), it can accommodate 3 persons comfortably.
Seating continues - At the port side console a convertible -- a three-in-one seat -- is standard and that was what we found on the tested boat. The seat is multi-functional, providing fore and aft seating while the backrest is upright. And then it is easily converted to a rear-facing chaise lounge or lays completely flat for some sunning. This optional flip-seat ($1,769) and underneath the aft seat is insulated storage that is self-draining, and traditional storage is under the forward seat.
There is also a dedicated spot to secure a side-mount pedestal table. On the port gunwale forward of the seat are two stainless drink holders and a speaker.
Sailfish carries much of the beam of the 275DC forward into the bow area. We measured 5”7” (1.7 m) in between the seatbacks at the aft end of the seating area and 2’3” (.69 m) at the forward end. More impressive is the fact that the back seat cushion is nearly full height and not just a narrow bolster strip as found on many boats in class.
An optional stow away table mounts at the forward bulkhead to provide a picnic area by day and a cocktail table in the evening. This is a "must have" option for families.
The head/changing compartment on the port side is good size for a boat in this class, thanks largely to the 9' beam. It provides a comfortable 53” (135 cm) of headroom, a full 49” (124 cm) deep to the forward bulkhead and 37” ( 93.98 cm) of shoulder room. There is a Corian countertop with a recessed sink and a pullout sprayer for rinsing off after a swim. All the water will drain directly overboard.
Toilets are optional and Sailfish offers a choice of either a Porta-Potti, a pump-out Porta-Potti ($565), or an electric marine head ($3,150), but this last version has an overboard discharge, so it will need a Y valve to a holding tank.
There is an opening portlight on the inboard side of the head that opens into the walkthrough area of the bow. This may not be to the best placement for a porthole, but it will serve the occupant well on a hot day.
Options To Consider.
Radar Arch with Canvas.
The 275DC that we tested had the optional radar arch with black canvas top ($6,157). A good looking top, all powder coated, beefy and full of an array of deck lighting and LED courtesy lights. The arch had 4 rod holders, 2 on each side at the cockpit. The ergonomic design of the arch kept the rod holders out of the way, yet accessible for fishing. The top had excellent head clearance at a measurement of 76” (193.04 cm) and did a great job of shielding us from the sun.
Most dual consoles in this class do not have an option for a hardtop. Sailfish offers one in fiberglass ($12,323) that may be worth a look for added protection from the elements. For those living up north, the hardtop could extend the boating season.
Choice of Color.
While most builders are content to offer its boats in any color one desires, as long as it’s white, Sailfish begs to differ. For a reasonable up-charge ($1,196), up to 7 colors can be selected for the topsides, and for a bit more ($419), another 4 are available. They can even do a two-tone color scheme ($1,585).
is standard, but most will opt for the power assist steering ($2,781).
The Sailfish 275DC is available with power options from either Mercury or Yamaha that consist of a pair of 150s, 200s or a single 300-hp outboard. The boat we tested was equipped with twin Mercury 150 XL. She was also fitted with a full complement of optional features. The highlighted options included a Platinum Package (two-tone colored hull, pull up cleats, fender cleats), an Entertainment Package (ski tow bar, removable table, stereo system with 4 speakers, USB/MP3 Plug-in, LED underwater lighting), Radar Arch with canvas, plus a whole lot more. List Price (with options), as tested: $145,256.
Regular readers know that we are partial to dual console boats for their wide range of utility, seating comfort, and salty good looks. The Sailfish 275DC scores all of those points with us plus some more, due to her high freeboard, deep cockpit and other good sea-keeping attributes.
Like nearly all outboard-powered boats her swim platform is small, which is a drawback to those who plan on doing a lot of watersports. If there are others in the family that want to fish or just cruise, then everybody gets some of what they want.
As far as power goes, we found the twin 150-hp Mercury 4-strokes to perform quite well. We would not go larger as the boat will only pick up a few miles per hour at the top end and as tested, she is fuel-efficient at best cruise. Further, the 150 Mercury 4-stroke has a good reputation and is a relatively new design. That brings us to one of the boat's main attributes -- her prodigious range.
Range for Roving.
In certain places in the world, having a seaworthy dual console boat that can cover 432 statute miles or 375 nautical miles at 27.1 mph/23.5 knots on one load of fuel of known quality is an important attribute. Deep-sea anglers will like the Sailfish 275DC because they can go to the canyons, troll, and come back with plenty of fuel to spare. For others, it probably means they go boating all summer on a tank of gas.