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.