Based in Wildwood, Florida, Crevalle now offers three models, including the 24 Bay, 26 Bay and the 26 Open, which features the same running surface and swooping sheer line as the 26 Bay. Yet the 26 Open is the first Crevalle model with a deep, open forward cockpit while retaining an aft casting platform — what some call a hybrid layout.
The gunwales in the bow are 25 inches tall, and a recessed powdercoated aluminum bow rail offers an extra measure of security when going forward. To gain elevation, use the step in the bow to ascend to the forepeak, which proved a handy place for Austin to stand as he threw the net. Grit-style nonskid along the gunwale tops helps assure traction when walking along the rail with a net full of wriggling live baits.
We used one of the 26 Open’s twin 28-gallon bait tanks in the aft casting platform for our morning of fishing. Had we needed even more room, a 12-gallon well under the seat forward of the center console would have accommodated a surplus of pilchards. Special baffles in the corners of each livewell isolate the standpipe from the main tank to keep it from becoming an obstruction to baitfish.