BARKER 26 OPEN
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)