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Sports­man in­tro­duced its brand-new flag­ship 267 Masters this year, based on the suc­cess of the 227 and 247 mod­els, says Richie Rodgers, direc­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing. “Our cus­tomers and deal­ers de­manded that we de­sign a larger plat­form that could still fish as skinny as our bay boats but of­fer the op­tion of off­shore ca­pa­bil­ity for those days you want to head out for ta­ble fare.”

The boat’s 26-foot-7-inch length and 9-foot-2-inch beam com­bined with a 50-de­gree en­try and sig­nif­i­cant bow flare give it that off­shore cre­den­tial. It also of­fers 21 inches of cock­pit depth aft.

“An in­no­va­tive scup­per drain sys­tem quickly clears the deck of any wa­ter that might make it over the gun­wales in rougher con­di­tions,” Rodgers says.

The 267’s bay-boat fea­tures in­clude a flat sheer line that al­lows an­glers to use the en­tire bow cast­ing deck comfortably, a draft of 14¾ inches and yacht­like non­skid on the decks that cre­ates a sta­ble grip and eas­ier cleanup than di­a­mond non­skid, he adds. The 267 also fea­tures an aft cast­ing deck with fold-down tran­som bench seats. Add the op­tional tower and the boat can be op­ti­mized for sight-fish­ing.

Equipped with four livewells, port and star­board locking rod boxes on the front deck and am­ple ver­ti­cal rod hold­ers, the 267 can carry all the bait and gear you might need to fish one zone in the morn­ing and a sec­ond zone in the af­ter­noon.

“Above all else, the over­whelm­ing com­ment we hear from our cus­tomers is how well this boat rides in rough wa­ter while of­fer­ing the best of both worlds for in­shore and off­shore fish­ing,” Rodgers says.

Sports­man’s 267 main­tains bay-boat cast­ing decks but adds more com­fort­able seat­ing, four livewells and ex­tra stor­age to sat­isfy off­shore needs.

SPECS: LOA: 26 ft. 7 in. • Beam: 9 ft. 2 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 16 deg. • Draft: 1 ft. 2¾ in. Dry Weight: 4,300 lb. (w/o en­gine) • Max Power: 350 hp • MSRP: $134,567 (w/ Yamaha F300)

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