Sailfish designed and built the 242 CC for serious offshore fishing. However, like many manufacturers, Sailfish has come to understand that center console owners and their families enjoy recreation on their boat when not engaged in dedicated angling.
The Sailfish 242 CC incorporates well thought-out forward seating and other comfort features that make the boat capable for cruising, entertaining and watersports with the addition of the appropriate options.
|Length Overall||24' / 7.16 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||5.3 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.8 sec.|
|Props||13 3/4" x 19"|
|Load||2 persons, 2/5 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||96 deg., wind: calm; seas: calm|
2 x 150-hp Yamaha
1 x 300-hp Yamaha F300UCA
2 x 115-hp Yamaha F115XB
2 x 150-hp Yamaha F150XB
1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado 300XXL
2 x 150-hp Mercury 150XL
Although the Sailfish 242 CC is designed and built to primarily provide a solid fishing platform that can handle most offshore conditions, she also has creature comforts designed to appeal to the whole family. The model’s standard features and layout delivers fishing capabilities that extend from in-shore bait-casting to serious offshore trolling. While intended as a highly capable fishing boat, Sailfish added many comfort features to allow for enjoyable cruising and, on-water recreation.
- • Social and Adaptable Forward Seating. The optional convertible coaming pads swivel to become a backrest for lounge seating in the forward cockpit.
- • Exceptional Helm Ergonomics. It is readily apparent that an experienced boater designed the helm.
- • Carbon Fiber and Kevlar® Reinforced Deck and Hull.
- • Sizable Head Compartment. Comes standard with a sink, mirror, shower and lighting.
- • Highly Functional Cockpit. The cockpit area is loaded with fishing features.
The Sailfish 242 CC has a length overall of 24’ (7.16 m), a beam of 9’ (2.74 m), and a draft of 18” (45.72 cm). With an empty weight of 5,600 lbs. (2,880 kg), 41% fuel (60 gallons / 227 L), no freshwater onboard, two people and test gear on board, there was an estimated test weight of 5,780 lbs. (2,372 kg).
The test was conducted with an ambient temperature of 96-degrees F at sea level, which is not optimal for the engine’ best performance.
Top Speed. With a twin Yamaha F150, the Sailfish 242 CC reached a top speed at 5900 rpm of 52.5 mph.
Best cruise came at 3000 rpm and 20.4 mph. That speed produced a fuel burn of 7.8 gph which the Sailfish 242 CC could maintain theoretically for 16 hours and 45 minutes and 342 statute miles with a 10% fuel reserve.
Note: at 3500 and 4000 rpm the test boat ran at 27.8 mph and 33.9 mph respectively. Both speeds achieved fuel burns that allow the boat to run 328 statute miles with 10% reserve making the time to distance 11 hours and 45 minutes at 3500 rpm and 9 hours and 35 minutes at 4000 rpm.
The Sailfish 242 CC with twin Yamaha F150 performed exceptionally well with a ride that induced confidence and a predictability, that in turn, invoked a sense of calm strength while delivering powerful acceleration and solid control. The sharp bow entry and hard chines combined to produce a smooth, dry ride that felt like it could handle much rougher conditions than were encountered.
The sailfish 242 CC comes standard with a bow mounted anchor locker. The two optional bow rod holders and standard recessed cleats add additional utility at the bow.
Measuring 65” (1.65 m) deep, the lounge seating provides ample space when the optional forward-facing backrests are added. The 72” (1.83 m) girth allows for plenty of space (27”/.68 m) in the foot-well when seated face-to-face.
Add the optional side mounted table and the forward seating area converts to a welcoming dining area. The forward facing console seat is deeply recessed to add secure comfort when underway.
The forward seating area provides additional storage with two 260-quart insulated fishboxes under the forward lounge seating, port and starboard, and a centerline, in-floor storage locker with a bucket holder.
The fishbox can also substitute as a cooler or simply as dry storage.
The ample head compartment boasts 67” (1.70 m) of headroom and a lockable door. A freshwater sink with shower wand and mirror come standard.
Owners have the option of adding a Porta-Potti or an electric marine toilet with holding tank, dockside pump-out access port, and overboard discharge.
Storage compartments inside the head come standard with containment netting and there is an access panel for the helm electronics and systems.
Egress around the head compartment is 23” (.58 m) at the forward most point and 18” (.46 m) at the helm.
The generous helm dash allows flush mounted multi-function displays of up to 15” (.38 m).
The stainless steel steering wheel comes standard with tilt capabilities for comfort and a power knob for added control.
Located on the port side of the console, the helm controls are logically laid-out with the compass located on top of the console in direct line-of-sight for the operator.
Switches and trim tabs are logically located and within easy reach. The tabs are mounted at the top of the throttle throws, where they should be.
The standard helm seating consists of two, side-by-side captain’s chairs with removable cushions.
Owners have the option of choosing a leaning post with rod holders and removable backrest, a fiberglass leaning post with a cooler and backrest or a fiberglass leaning post with tackle storage and backrest.
The Sailfish 242 CC comes standard without a T-top for the console.
Sailfish offers two optional T-tops. A soft Weblon canvas top with PFD storage, six rod holders and LED lighting or a fiberglass hardtop with four rod holders, LED docking lights, courtesy lights, overhead lockable storage, LED spreader lights and speakers.
The hardtop on the test boat afforded a generous 78” (1.98 m) of headroom.
Designed for serious anglers, the cockpit of the Sailfish 242 CC has many standout fishing features.
The gunnels are 38.5” (.89 m) above the deck at mid-ship and 28” (.71 m) deep at the transom.
The standard coaming pads and stainless steel toe rail add to the fishability of the Sailfish 242 CC.
The transom door on the port side of the transom, opens inward and leads to the swim platform and standard four step folding boarding ladder. Note, we would like to see it swing out, instead of in, for quick emergency dewatering.
Tackle storage is built into the step below the transom door.
Two stainless steel scupper drains are located on the port and starboard corners.
The access panel in the center of the transom allows access to the vital systems housed inside, including bilge pump, livewell fill pump, deck drains, freshwater pump and washdown raw-water pump.
The freshwater fill is located under the ladder cover in the swim platform.
Variable Stepped Deadrise Hull
By molding in three different deadrise angles from the stem to the transom Sailfish is able to give a smaller boat, such as the 220CC, both the ride and the stability that we might expect in a larger, heavier boat.
This design gives the hull more flexibility to handle varying conditions than a fixed deadrise hull may. The 24-degree component at the bottom gives better handling in heavy seas allowing the 220CC to carve better through waves, rather than launch over them. The lessening deadrise as we move outward towards the chines provides her with better stability, fuel efficiency and speed.
Kevlar and Carbon Fiber Materials
Sailfish is the only center console builder we know of that uses carbon fibers in its deck laminate. Carbon fiber is expensive and is not easy to handle but adds lots of strength with little weight. Kevlar is used in the keel of the 220CC, something that only a few builders of any type boat use. It is puncture resistant, strong, and lightweight.
- 1. Bilge pump
- 2. Livewell fill pump
- 3. Deck drain
- 4. Livewell drain
- 5. Transom washdown pump
- 6. Freshwater pump
- 7. Freshwater fill and vent
- 8. Freshwater toilet (optional)
- 9. Waste water tank (with toilet option)
- 10. Dockside pump-out (with toilet option)
- 11. Waste water discharge (with toilet option)
- 12. Head vent (with toilet option)
- 13. Fishbox drains
- 14. Freshwater sink
Options to Consider
- • Fiberglass hardtop
- • Windlass
- • Console top organizer
- • Marine head with waste tank
- • Bow cushions and bolsters
- • Bow filler cushion
- • Forward facing bow backrests
- • Fiberglass leaning post with cooler and backrest
- • Rear jump seats
- • Removable bow table
- • Trim tabs with indicator switch and built-in retractor
- • Four transom rod holders
Fishing enthusiasts will find that the Sailfish 242 CC has a lot to offer. It is demonstrably apparent that this is a boat designed and built by people with a great deal of fishing knowledge and experience. Conversely, it is also evident that Sailfish did not forget to add in comfort features and options that appeal to the whole family. Although truly a solid fishing platform, Sailfish has accomplished a reasonable blend. Combining a hard-core fish boat that should please even the most ardent offshore angler, with a comfortable day-boat for a family, when optioned properly.