SPORTSMAN 267 MASTERS
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)