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De­but­ing at the 2015 Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, the Barker 26 Open rep­re­sented a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion of the com­pany’s first model, the Cal­i­bogue Bay. “Our hull runs so dry and com­fort­able that cus­tomers wanted more off­shore ca­pa­bil­ity and ver­sa­til­ity,” says Kevin Barker, pres­i­dent of Barker Boat­works.

With a stepped-vee, ven­ti­lat­ed­tun­nel de­sign, the 26 Open can han­dle rough con­di­tions. Barker re­moved the

cast­ing decks for greater se­cu­rity while fish­ing in any sea. (Aft cock­pit depth mea­sures 19 inches.)

The 26 Open also re­tains in­shore fisha­bil­ity with its 14-inch draft, builtin steps up to the fore­deck for easy ac­cess to a cast-net­ting plat­form, and the abil­ity to ac­com­mo­date a 72-inchshaft trolling mo­tor.

Off­shore an­glers can opt for a full sec­ond sta­tion that pro­vides a bird’seye view of sur­round­ing seas, as well as a full com­ple­ment of elec­tron­ics and con­trols. The 26 Open comes with 195 gal­lons of mac­er­ated, in­su­lated fish boxes plus an op­tional 115-gal­lon cof­fin stor­age box for more gear.

Livewells in­clude a 45-gal­lon tank be­hind the leaning post’s tackle sta­tion and a 15-gal­lon bow pitch well for keep­ing sail­fish baits.

The 26 Open of­fers gra­cious livewell space for off­shore an­glers who need to carry loads of bait for tech­niques like kite-fish­ing.

SPECS: LOA: 25 ft. 6 in. • Beam: 9 ft. 3 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 17 deg. • Draft: 14 to 17 in. Dry Weight: 4,500 lb. (w/ en­gine) • Max Power: 627 hp • MSRP: $145,000 (w/ Mer­cury 350 Ver­ado)

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