Mission of the Sailfish 270CC
The Sailfish 270CC will satisfy hard-core fishermen with two large fishboxes, two livewells, a bait prep and tackle center, and other well-executed fishing features. The boat has a marine toilet, sink, and mirror within the center console, lots of seating, high gunnels, and other amenities.The 270CC -- actually a bit over 26’ (7.92 m) overall length -- has the room to carry four to six people far offshore in comfort. The company’s VDS variable-deadrise hull runs well on twin 4-cylinder outboards that are less expensive and burn less fuel than V-8s. Those lighter engines can keep the boat below the maximum towing capacity of standard tow vehicles.
Overview of the Sailfish 270CC
The Sailfish 270CC is the most popular center console in the company’s line.
Reasons for the model's popularity
include: lots of storage, ample deck space upon which to work fish when moving around the boat, an efficient hull that is also comfortable in a seaway, and lots of well-conceived and carefully executed features that should appeal to both hard-core fishermen and non-fishing families.
The 270CC gets her best-selling status largely for her size -- in the middle of twin-engine center consoles. Boats smaller than 24’ (7.32 m) tend to run toward single outboards while boats around 30’ (9.14 m) or larger usually run on triples or large, heavy twin 300+ horsepower outboards.
All things being equal, the 270CC will be noticeably more pleasant than a 24-footer offshore. Considering that the console and seating take up similar space in any boat in this size range, an extra couple of feet translates into significantly more room.
On the other hand, at just over 26’ (7.93 m) overall length (plus outboards), and weighing 8,005 lbs. (3,631 kg) as tested, the 270CC is about the largest boat that is easy to trailer with a standard pickup or SUV. Larger boats’ V-6 or V-8 outboards quickly increase trailer weight into the realm of heavy-duty pickups.
Smaller 4-cylinder Outboards
-- the 270CC runs particularly well with twin 150s -- burn less fuel and are also less expensive to purchase and maintain than their V-6 and V-8 bigger siblings.
Propulsion and VDS Hull
The key to the 270CC’s popularity is due to her big-boat, deep-V ride in rough water while also performing well with modest horsepower.
Deadrise -- the term for whether the transom below the waterline is shaped like a steep triangle or a flatter triangle -- is a boat design tradeoff. Steeper deadrise angles handle seas better but require more horsepower for a given speed and tend to roll. Flatter deadrise is faster, more efficient, and more stable at slow speed but can be a spine crusher in a chop at speed.
Variable Deadrise Step Hull.
Sailfish combines all three attributes -- performance running in a sea, stability at slow speed, and fuel economy -- into one hull by incorporating three different deadrise angles in the bottom. Our test day brought winds gusting to 20 knots and 2’ chop, and the design proved itself well, cutting through the waves with confidence. When we ran in crosswinds, we lowered the standard trim tab opposite of the wind direction to level the boat. In turns, the 270CC carved through sweeping arcs predictably, and the boat is agile enough that it could handle tube towing duties if called upon to.
Advantages of Three Hulls in One.
When the boat is fully up on plane, it cuts waves with the deepest deadrise angles.The outermost sections add more lift and efficiency than the steeper bottom does. That flatter outermost section also dampens rocking in a beam sea, when trolling, drift fishing, or at anchor on a busy weekend with lots of boat wakes.
A downward hook in the chine (purple in the illustration) deflects spray downward, further increases stability at slow speed, and bites into the water during turns.All hull designs are a compromise, and this one is no exception, but in the conditions we encountered, we found her to be comfortable. The speed and fuel flow numbers speak for themselves.
ensure exact proportions of foam, glass and resin, maintaining ideal strength without added weight -- Sailfish says this alone sheds more than 200 lbs. (90.7 kg) from the 270CC’s dry weight.
Lightweight Carbon Fiber Deck Beams.
Sailfish keeps the boat light yet strong in part with carbon-fiber reinforced deck beams, which run athwartships every few inches to stiffen the deck and save weight.
key areas for strength, including where the transom attaches to stringers as well as the forward part of the keel and lower part of the stem. Kevlar itself is heavy, but it saves weight compared to using just fiberglass for the same strength in key areas. Kevlar reinforcement also strengthens tight radiuses, mitigating problems from many days running in rough seas.
Smaller, Lighter Engines.
Both weight-saving construction and the variable deadrise hull combine to allow the 270CC to run well on twin 4-cylinder 150 horsepower outboards. Mercury 150 4-strokes weigh 455 lbs. (206.8 kg), and Yamaha in-line 4-strokes weigh 450 lbs. (218 kg).Even those opting for twin 200s can choose inline 4-cylinder models -- for Yamaha, that's at least 220 lbs. less weight in motors than a pair of the company’s 200-hp V-6s.
Weight Savings Compound.
That weight saved in motors translates into noticeably less fuel burned per mile. This allows the 270CC to carry less fuel for a given maximum range, which sheds even more weight. Larger, heavier outboards also require beefier (and therefore heavier) transoms.
Power and Performance
We tested the Sailfish 270CC with twin 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboards -- the most popular engine size for the boat -- turning Enertia ECO 14” x 19” (35.6 cm x 48.3 cm) three-blade stainless steel propellers through 1.92:1 reductions. As mentioned above, the as-tested weight was 8,005 lbs. (3,631 kg). We tested in 2’ (0.61 m) seas and 15-knot winds hitting a top speed of 46.9 mph at 5500 rpm. The boat’s best cruise came at 3500 rpm, where she ran 27 mph and burned 9.8 gph, giving her a range of 466 miles with 10% of her 188-gallon (711.6-L) fuel capacity in reserve. In acceleration tests, we planed in 3.9 seconds and ran to 20 mph in 4.4 seconds and to 30 mph in 6.6 seconds.
Advantages to twin 200s
4-cylinder 200-hp outboards include the ability to add Digital Throttle and Shift -- a feature not available on 150s. Fishermen will appreciate DTS ability to bump trolling speed up or down by 100 rpm with a quick button press.
DTS also holds a set rpm
by adjusting engine throttle as needed, making it easier to hold a precise trolling speed whether running into the waves, across them, or with them.Sailfish reports that the boat can plane using just one of a pair of twin 200s, adding the ability to get home at a reasonable speed from far offshore if one engine dies. It won’t quite plane when running on just one of a pair of 150-hp outboards, they say.
Standard White Hull or Nine Color Options.
Sailfish offers white or six standard colors or three premium colors, with two-tone choices as well.While the 270CC is meant to be a dual-purpose boat, center console boats tend to be used most often for fishing. Sailfish doesn’t disappoint here, providing many standard features and offering quite a few options that appeal to fishermen while other features and options lean toward non-anglers.
In the Bow
Bow Seating with Fishboxes.
Up in the bow, port, and starboard seat bottoms hinge open to provide
openings for the twin 260 quart (246-L) fishboxes. These continue all the way to the bow -- each box is
64.5’’ total length
. They’re insulated with smooth gelcoat finish and drain directly overboard to keep cleanup quick. The undersides of the hatches on these boxes and the lockers throughout the boat are also lined with sound-deadening insulation and they open on stainless-steel struts.Those same attributes also make these fishboxes ideal as two large, dry, easily cleaned storage lockers.
Console Front Seat Removable Cooler.
A large Yeti cooler locks in place at the front of the console. It pops out to create extra deck space forward when fishing, and the cooler can travel home for pre-provisioning. Sailfish includes a custom seat cushion on the cooler top and a matching backrest cushion on the console.
Bow Seat Cushions and Table.
Optional forward seat cushions include backrests along the inside of the hull. An optional removable table here stows in the center console when not needed.Four stainless steel drink holders in the bow are among 13 total on the boat. A couple of cubbies recessed into the cockpit combing near the bow keeps glasses, sunscreen, fishing gloves, and other small items where they belong, not underfoot.
Forward-facing bow seat backrests
lock in place or lift and swivel 90-degrees against the inside of the cockpit. These backrests also lift out and stow in the console, leaving two deck sockets that double as extra rod holders.
Snag-free Forward Handrails and Cleats.
Handrails running most of the length of the bow are recessed into the cockpit combing where they won’t snag fishing lines or dock lines. All hatch hinges and latches are recessed, and all cleats aboard are pull-up types, also to prevent snags and stubbed toes. Fender cleats are included.
A standard bow compartment keeps the anchor secure yet handy, and a hawse pipe within the anchor locker helps stow the anchor rode, so it should stay tangle free.
Windlass and/or Polished Stainless Anchor.
Options here include a stainless steel bow roller, electric windlass and a 12-lb. polished stainless steel anchor with 10’ of galvanized chain and 200’ of rode, or just the bow roller, anchor, and rode without the windlass, or just the bow roller alone.
Below deck storage in the bow
includes recesses designed specifically to keep a pair of five-gallon buckets in place. Buckets are ideal storage for cast nets, egg sinkers, trolling leads or extra fishing tackle.They’re also great for wakeboard tow lines, boat washing gear, or just about anything else. It’s easy to keep a half a dozen buckets in a dock box and grab only the two needed for the day’s outing.
Console and Amidships
The T-top and center console were both redesigned, adding a more rounded, flowing look. The new design also better integrates, visually, the console and T-top front legs.
here include a Bimini top and boot, a canvas-covered T-top, or fiberglass top on an aluminum frame. Aluminum T-top framework is powder-coated in either white or black.
includes overhead lifejacket storage and eight rod holders -- six face aft for rod storage while one points straight outboard on either side to be used as impromptu outriggers when trolling. The T-top includes, as standard, welded supports for optional outriggers and an optional overhead electronics box.
When drift fishing
, many anglers let one line far out on the surface. Those outboard-pointing rod holders keep that line high above and clear of other lines fished directly from the boat.
Optional Fiberglass Hardtop.
The fiberglass top is as long as the canvas-skinned top, but a bit narrower. While the hardtop carries provisions for outriggers and an overhead electronics box, it includes only six overhead rod holders -- four aft and two facing outboard. Radar pads are molded into the optional hardtop.
Console Top Storage.
The space on top of every center console always seems to collect odds and ends ranging from hats, sunscreen, and sun glasses to cell phones to bait fishing rigs, and all that stuff invariably flies off when hitting the first big wave.Sailfish offers a dedicated storage tray recessed into the console top. It’s fitted with compartments to keep items separate, a clear door to see everything at a glance, and a water resistant gasket and latch.Within that top console compartment, an MP3 input jack and USB port tie portable music players into the boat’s sound system. The USB plug also charges many phones, or a 12-volt outlet here charges phones or powers a handheld spotlight or other gear.
A Real Head Compartment on a Center Console.
A toilet or Porta-Potti shoved into a center console is nothing new, but Sailfish made the inside of the console into a proper head with 5’8” (1.73 m) of headroom, a vanity and sink with a retracting freshwater hose, a mirror, and dedicated, dry storage for essentials like toilet paper and paper towels. (Either a Porta-Potti or marine toilet are options, though.) The inside is painted white, and the surface, while not covered in gelcoat, is relatively smooth. By illuminating the inner liner, Sailfish is saving weight and expense. Given how well the rest of the boat is finished, we think this is a good cost/value trade-off. The 5’ retracting hose used as the sink faucet is just long enough to reach the windscreen front to rinse salt spray.Batteries are within the console but in a separate compartment closed off with a hatch. Another set of doors opens to gain access to the backside of electronics and helm switches for service.
Expanded Room for Electronics.
Sailfish created enough room on the console face for a 15’’ (38.1 cm) navigation display. Sailfish designs the 270CC’s dash and helm using what the company calls Intelligent Ergonomics, and one high point of this is that there are no instruments forward of the steering wheel, so a captain never has to look or reach through the spokes to see or work them. More prime real estate on the starboard side of the dash provides room for an additional navigation display. Because most systems today allow either of two displays to show any information -- plotter, radar, or fishfinder -- a second display here provides secondary information to the captain or allows a second person to help navigate in tricky conditions.
An angled nonskid footrest built into the rear of the center console also includes storage. This is particularly handy for dock lines as it’s within the captain’s reach. Storing dock lines here prevents having people get up and move around the boat to access lines stored beneath seats -- when approaching the dock all guests should be seated and still for safety.
The helm seat can either be ordered as a wide bench or with twin, individual deluxe Captain’s chairs with folding bolsters and armrests atop the leaning post tackle center.
Leaning Post Tackle Center and Livewell.
With either seat choice, one option for the area behind the helm seat includes a 35-gallon (132 L) livewell to starboard and a bait prep sink and two tackle drawers on the port side.
The deluxe Captain’s chair option eliminates the four rocket-launcher rod holders above the tackle center, which are normally located behind the bench seat back.
Leaning Post Tackle Center without the Livewell.
Another option here, only with the deluxe Captain’s chairs, is a large tackle center with drawers that open aft in place of the live bait well. Again, this option eliminates the rocket launcher rod storage.
The Sailfish 270CC offers about 14” (35.6 cm) more cockpit length between the leaning post and the stern, when compared to the company’s next-smaller 240CC. The larger 290CC gains 18” (45.7 cm) here versus the 270CC.
Removable Aft Seats.
A pair of optional, removable seats -- one in each aft corner of the cockpit -- offer a place to sit for a long, lumpy ride offshore. The back of the boat is definitely going to be wetter on a rough day, but the stern offers the smoothest ride. We would like to see Sailfish improve its method of holding these seats in place as it is not up to the standards of hardware we see in the rest of the boat.
Standard padded bolsters run from about amidships all the way aft in the cockpit, and then another 18” (45.7 cm) or so toward the center of the boat. These aid fishermen leaning against the cockpit side and also serve as side and backrests for the aft removable seats.
Cockpit Gunnel Height.
The gunwales are 31” (78.7 cm) above the deck at the aft quarters of the cockpit and 40” (101.6 cm) above the deck farther forward, which is quite high, compared to many center consoles and improves safety. We would rate this cockpit one of the deepest in class.
Rod Storage, Toe Rails, and More.
Rod holders are recessed into the cockpit gunwales and a stainless steel toe rail is along the bottom to aid anglers' balance. A pair of dedicated recesses accommodate downrigger lead balls, and a small cargo net holds odds and ends.
While the 35-gallon (133-L) live bait well in the leaning post is an option, the 30-gallon (114 L) livewell in the stern is standard.Both live bait wells feature positive-pressure plumbing and clear lids. This reduces bait stress from water sloshing in the well or constant changes in light. Red LED lights illuminate both at night.
14 Centerline Rod Holders.
Four rod holders in the transom will immediately appeal to kite fishermen.Those four rod holders, combined with four in the leaning post back and six more on the back edge of the T-top, stow 14 fishing rods in the center of the boat, with none sticking overboard out of the side gunnel rod holders, where they might snag a piling and break while docking.
4 Gunwale Rod Holders.
Four rod holders in the gunwales -- one at each aft corner of the cockpit and one on each side near amidships -- allow plenty of real estate between. Anglers in different locales might opt for one, two, or even three more rod holders on each side of the boat between these four rod holders from the factory, depending on how they fish.For those who lost count, that’s 22 rod holders aboard -- eight on the T-top, four on the leaning post, four at the transom, four in the gunnels and two more forward when the forward-facing seat backs are stowed elsewhere.
Tool Storage and Saltwater Wash Aft.
The saltwater-wash hose connection is within the transom engine well, right where it’s needed. A tool storage rack across the transom includes a notch to hold the saltwater wash nozzle along with knives and fishing pliers. Accessing the hose, knives, or tools might require reaching around or between fishing rods, though.
Recessed Watersports Tow Pylon.
With a quick twist, an optional stainless steel bar lifts above the stern to keep a watersports tow line above the top of outboard engines. This gives the boat added utility.
Swim Step and Ladder.
The swim step is separated from the cockpit with a latched door. Within a hatch beneath the swim step, the four-step telescoping ladder swings down, so it’s always ready to climb back aboard after a quick swim (whether intentional or unintentional).
Equipment Position and Choices Ease Maintenance
Sailfish places equipment where it is easy to access. Lights and electrical systems also include a maintenance-saving design.
Pumps within Transom.
Large opening doors in the center of the cockpit aft provide access to the live bait well pumps (one pump supplies both wells), as well as freshwater and saltwater wash pumps, and a 2,000 gallon-per-hour (7,570.8-lph) bilge pump. (Another smaller bilge pump is amidships, within the center console.)Yamaha outboard selection also includes external 10 micron fuel filters with water separators mounted within this transom locker. Mercury engines have the filter built into the engine itself.
are used for nearly every light aboard, including running lights. Besides considerably lower power draw, LED lights never require bulb changes, so they’re permanently sealed against the elements.
The boat has a Voltage Sensitive Relay
, which charges three batteries intelligently. Alternators first bring each start battery to 12.75 volts to ensure quick starts and proper electronic engine operation, then the relay diverts alternator output to the house battery to bring it up quickly, and then all three batteries are topped off. Proper charging helps ensure safety and also maximizes battery life.
within the center console are either
for normal operation or set to
to parallel all three batteries together for emergency starting. Resettable circuit breakers next to battery switches keep bilge pumps powered on even with main battery switches off. The optional windlass circuit breaker is located here, as well.
The 270CC’s 9’ (2.74 m) beam does exceed the maximum 8’6” (2.59 m) allowed trailer width of most states, but most state laws allow wide loads with a fairly easy permitting process for private individuals (not commercial towers). Florida, for instance, charges individuals $20 per year for a permit allowing up to 10’0” (3.05 m) maximum boat width.
Compared to Other Sailfish Center Consoles
The 270CC falls in the middle of Sailfish’s offshore center console lineup. The 240, 270, and 290 are, in fact, built by simply lengthening identical hull profiles with the same 9’ (2.74 m) beam. All three boats use similar seating and center consoles.
offers a choice of either twin outboards or a single 300-hp V-8. Single engines tend to be more efficient, and Sailfish claims this option cruises around 28 mph.The tradeoff, though, is a loss of 18” (0.46 m) in cockpit length inside the boat and 2’8” (0.81 m) less hull length to span across waves offshore, when compared to the 270CC.Stepping up from the 270 to Sailfish’s 290CC gains 2’8” (0.81 m) longer hull overall and 26’’ (0.66 m) more usable cockpit length. The company claims the 290 runs well with twin 300-hp outboards. Our test of the Sailfish 290CC recorded a WOT speed of 58 mph burning 3.65 mpg.
The 270CC’s 6,700-lb. (3,629 kg) weight
, plus another 1,350 lbs. from full fuel tanks and more weight from water, ice, gear, and fishing tackle pushes this boat to the limit of most standard towing vehicles, requiring a heavy-duty truck for those trailering far.
by the twin Mercury 150 4-stroke outboards, the Sailfish 270CC has an MSRP of $104,230, the lowest price of all five engine options that Sailfish offers. Upgrading to the 200 Yamaha brings the MSRP in at $112,959. The cost of options we would put on the boat are as follows--
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Sailfish 270 CC (2016-) is 46.9 mph (75.5 kph), burning 28.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 107.12 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Sailfish 270 CC (2016-) is 27.0 mph (43.5 kph), and the boat gets 2.76 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.17 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 466 miles (749.95 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke.
Standard and Optional Features
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