After spending nine years with one of the most respected boat manufacturers in the industry, Kevin Barker set out on his own about a year ago. Unassuming and soft spoken, on this Fish Trial for Sport Fishing magazine, Barker let his premier model — a 25½‑foot bay boat with a Michael Peters-designed twin‑stepped hull — speak for itself. The new boat model is pronounced “Cal-uh-BOH-gee” Bay, named after a body of water along South Carolina’s coast in Beaufort County, just inside Hilton Head Island, where Barker grew up and cut his teeth on boating and fishing.
POWER Single Mercury 300 Verado Pro
LOAD 45 gal. fuel, three crew, fishing tackle, safety gear
TOP SPEED 61.2 mph @ 6,200 rpm
TIME TO 30 MPH 8.3 sec.
BEST MPG 3.49 @ 29.3 mph (3,500 rpm)
LOA 25 ft. 6 in
BEAM 9 ft. 3 in.
DEADRISE 18 deg.
WEIGHT 4,250 lb. (with power)
DRAFT 1 ft. 4 in. (motor up)
FUEL 90 gal.
MAX POWER 400 hp
PRICE AS TESTED $128,000 w/ Mercury 300 Verado Pro and AmeraTrail trailer