SeaStrike has been around for more than 35 years and still engenders respect among its devotees. The company changed owners and updated its technology (all changes for the better) over the past few years. For example, this 26-footer, the largest hull SeaStrike has built to date, will only serve to move the company higher up the nautical food chain.
The 260B hull consists of hand-laid, biaxial-knitted fiberglass overlapped in the keel and other high-stress points. SeaStrike then bonds a foam-filled fiberglass stringer grid system to the hull, liner and deck. The boat most often goes out the door with a pair of 150 hp outboards, though you can opt for up to twin 200s.
You’ll particularly appreciate the 260B if you aim to fill your freezer with fish. The 260B comes with four heavily insulated fish boxes: The bow holds 70- and 21-gallon boxes, while the 56-square-foot cockpit sports a pair of 26-gallon compartments. Standard equipment includes cockpit coaming pads, recessed rod racks and lockable rod storage lockers, as well as four rod holders in the gunwales and four more in the standard leaning post. Order the optional T-top, and you get four rocket launchers across its back. Two three-drawer tackle boxes, a 26-gallon recirculating livewell and a transom sink with raw-water spigot round out the standard fishing amenities.
The forward casting deck’s three large dry-storage compartments create an uninterrupted area nearly 7 feet wide – plenty of room for multiple anglers or for throwing a cast net. To keep Mama happy, you can install the standard cushions and bow filler plate, thereby converting the functional casting deck into a sybaritic lounge for lazy sun worshipers. That’s right: SeaStrike goes to great lengths to assure that the 260B is equally family-friendly. Thoughtful planning created room to move, as well as comfortable seating areas including a U-shaped bow area with snap-in cushions that seats four, and a bench for two that is molded into the front of the console, which makes room for large coolers and, of course, an optional head.
The helm station incorporates plenty of dashboard for flush-mounting electronics, and this boat comes with a leaning post as standard. (However, you might prefer the optional deluxe model.)
Overall, this quality boat offers a lot of bang for your buck.
LOA……27 ft. 1 in.
BEAM……8 ft. 6 in.
HULL DRAFT……1 ft. 7 in.
WEIGHT……3,950 lb. (dry)
MAX HP……T200 hp OB
MSRP……$73,054 (T150 hp OB)
**SeaStrike Boats / Fort Lauderdale, Florida / 954-566-6320 / **www.seastrikeboats.com