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When Jupiter in­tro­duced its first bay boat last fall, the com­pany clearly en­tered fresh, new ter­ri­tory. “We ap­plied the clean, sleek and el­e­gant lines of our big­ger off­shore boats to the bay boat, giv­ing it de­sign and func­tion­al­ity to han­dle fish­ing and cruis­ing from var­i­ous shore dis­tances,” says Mike Adams, na­tional sales man­ager. “The higher gun­wales, coam­ing pads through­out and flush deck­ing with a min­i­mal de­sign make this boat more than ca­pa­ble of han­dling nearshore and off­shore fish­ing.”

The aft cock­pit depth for the 25 Bay mea­sures 22 inches. At the bow, the deck lies 25 inches be­low the gun­wale. Jupiter opted to elim­i­nate fore and aft cast­ing decks “that be­come ob­so­lete when fish­ing in any type of sea,” Adams says. “This is truly a hy­brid, run­ning in less than 14 inches of wa­ter yet with the off­shore run­ning at­ti­tude of our 38 cen­ter con­sole.”

The 25 Bay’s list of per­for­mance and fish­ing fea­tures in­cludes a 40-gal­lon livewell, twin 55-gal­lon in­su­lated fish boxes, loads of gear stor­age, a helm unit with tackle stor­age, a port ac­cess door, a Porta Bracket (al­low­ing 12 to 24 inches of ver­ti­cal move­ment) and CZone dig­i­tal switch­ing. The 25 also of­fers a 280-mile range at cruise with its stan­dard 85 gal­lons of fuel ca­pac­ity and an op­tional tower with re­mote helm.

A 45-de­gree dead­rise at the bow ta­per­ing to 15 de­grees at the tran­som cre­ates a smooth ride, with sta­bil­ity at rest. “We wanted to de­sign a boat that

the Tampa Bay lo­cals have been ask­ing for, a boat that com­pletely ac­com­mo­dates the fish­ing trends in this area,” Adams says. “As word slowly spread, we quickly re­al­ized the mar­ket had a soft spot for a true shal­low-wa­ter-ca­pa­ble boat that eas­ily fishes off­shore. We de­signed a bay boat with a great ride, range and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

Jupiter gave its 25 Bay flush deck­ing to elim­i­nate cast­ing plat­forms that be­come un­us­able in heavy seas.

SPECS: LOA: 26 ft. 1 in. • Beam: 8 ft. 6 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 15 deg. • Draft: 1 ft. 2 in. Dry Weight: 3,700 lb. (w/o en­gine) • Max Power: 300 hp • MSRP: $129,995 (w/ Yamaha F300)

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