CREA­TURE COM­FORTS

Sport Fishing - - FISH TRIALS -

The abut­ments failed to pro­duce any snook or red­fish, but the man­grove snap­per bit well again, and I was able to land a nice 4-pounder. Dur­ing a lull in the ac­tion, I checked out the crea­ture com­forts of the 26 Open, in­clud­ing a wrap­around back­rest that turns the padded top of the cof­fin box into a lounger. The back­rest mounts in a pair of rod hold­ers on the box, and does not in­ter­fere with the abil­ity to open and close the lid.

Fam­ily mem­bers will ap­pre­ci­ate the step-down head com­part­ment, ac­ces­si­ble from the port side of the con­sole. On hot days, ev­ery­one will rel­ish the op­tional mis­ters on the un­der­side of the hard­top. I found a com­fort­able flipup bench seat be­tween the livewells in the aft cast­ing plat­form. Un­der­neath is an Igloo Marine Ul­tra 75-quart cooler. The fit and fin­ish through­out the 26 Open is top notch, with qual­ity con­struc­tion that will serve you for decades to come.

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