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April 19, 2011

Glacier Bay 2740

Glacier Bay worked hard to make the 2740 a stylish boat with more family appeal.

Fishing
The 2740's extended centerline length (6 inches longer than the 2665) and wide, 8-foot-9-inch beam allow Glacier Bay to pack the boat with amenities, yet still have 32 square feet of fishable cockpit space. The gunwales feature coaming bolsters running forward to the seating area under the optional hardtop. Forward in the cockpit, an entertainment center doubles as a tackle prep station, with a trapezoid-shaped livewell. The livewell with a blue interior has a clear lid, but its 10-gallon capacity might be limiting to some bait fishermen. Those souls will opt for the second, 30-gallon, lighted, removable livewell that hooks up and fits in the transom walkway between the engines - the best of both worlds.

If you count the six rod holders welded onto the piping of the optional hardtop, Glacier Bay provides 15 rod holders in total, including three under the starboard gunwale, two under the port gunwale and four in the covering boards. The cockpit sole holds two, 100-quart insulated fish boxes with macerator pumps. In the bow seating area, two lockable stowage lockers double as 125-quart insulated fish boxes, if needed.

Of course, electronics play into offshore fishability ratings; the hardtop has a built-in electronics box, and the helm console has room to flush-mount a 12-inch display screen.

Design and Construction
Since the PowerCat Group purchased Glacier Bay, it has made a few changes in the building process. The new 2740's dual-console design naturally makes it heavier than the center-console model on the same hull. However, the company traded out marine-ply for lighter composite coring. To further shed weight, Glacier Bay employs the resin-transfer-infusion process when molding all deck hatches and the hardtop, which allows for a more precise part with far less resin saturation.

The family-friendly dual-console layout has cushioned bow seating atop the stowage boxes to accommodate four adults or six kids lounging comfortably, and the recessed grab rail provides extra security.

Under the hardtop, the portside L-shaped lounge provides more guest seating. When cruising, families will appreciate the deep head in the port console. Nestling it inside the port hull allowed Glacier Bay to provide a spacious head/changing room while still keeping the console height to just over 4 feet. That way, passengers have an unobstructed view while seated, yet still get plenty of protection from the wraparound windshield.

Overall, I'd run the 2740 out to the canyons in a heartbeat, only this time my family might want to join me.

Specifications

LOA......26 ft. 6 in.
BEAM......8 ft. 9 in.
DEADRISE......Semidisplacement cat
DRAFT......1 ft. 8 in.
WEIGHT......6,500 lb.
FUEL......180 gal.
MAX POWER......Twin 150 hp outboards
MSRP......$132,903

Glacier Bay Catamarans / Tarboro, North Carolina / 425-508-1355 / www.glacierbaycats.com