Black­fin 272 CC

A STAL­WART FISH­ING MA­CHINE MARKS THE RE­TURN OF A TIME-HONORED BRAND.

Saltwater Sportsman - - Fishability / Blackfin 272 Cc - BY ALEX SUESCUN

BBuild­ing the right boat to lead the re­birth of a fa­bled brand is like first im­pres­sions: You get only one chance to make a good one. It makes sense that the long­dor­mant Black­fin Boats an­nounced its res­ur­rec­tion with the 272 CC, a cen­ter con­sole com­bin­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy and -con­struc­tion with the virtues that orig­i­nally earned the brand its stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion and pop­u­lar­ity.

From the brawny looks and hull de­sign — with its lofty free­board and clas­sic slop­ing sheer line — to the spa­cious lay­out and fish­ing at­tributes, this Black­fin bat­tlewagon em­bod­ies off­shore fish­ing with­out dis­miss­ing the crea­ture com­forts that make the 27-footer suit­able for the en­tire fam­ily.

With its com­pos­ite stringer grid and tran­som bonded into the hull, and car­bon-fiber re­in­force­ment to en­sure su­perb struc­tural in­tegrity and rigid­ity, the boat is built to take on rough seas and reach far-from-shore fish­ing grounds. Fit and fin­ish stand out. All hatches are fin­ished in­side and out, in­cor­po­rate cus­tom hinges and latches, and re­main rat­tle- and creak-free in the gnarli­est con­di­tions.

While the 272 CC ex­udes rugged­ness, a close ex­am­i­na­tion re­veals touches of el­e­gance like the two-tone up­hol­stery, and con­ve­niences such as the nine cup hold­ers, two 12-volt and three USB out­lets to power ma­rine ac­ces­sories and charge mo­bile de­vices, a pres­sur­ized tran­som shower to keep the crew cool, and raw- and fresh­wa­ter wash­downs to rinse tackle and keep the decks clean.

Sub­stan­tial seat­ing aboard the Black­fin in­cludes re­mov­able for­ward­fac­ing back­rests on the U-shaped bow seat­ing with a drink cooler, and two in­su­lated stor­age com­part­ments un­der­neath; a con­sole seat with flip-up arm­rests that ac­com­mo­dates two and houses a cooler; a fold­away stern bench; and at the helm, twin seats with flip-up bol­sters and arm­rests on a lean­ing-post mod­ule with a bait-prep and tack­lestor­age sta­tion in back, com­plete with a pull­out faucet, stor­age draw­ers, tackle trays on both sides, and a re­mov­able cooler on a pull­out slide.

Bow and cock­pit coam­ing bol­sters and stain­less-steel toe rails pro­vide added lever­age for an­glers locked in bat­tle.

Just for­ward of the cen­ter con­sole, a large, in-floor stor­age com­part­ment holds boat fend­ers and other wet or cum­ber­some gear. In the cock­pit, twin hatches to port and star­board hide a pair of 54-gal­lon fish boxes, which can be up­graded to in­clude mac­er­ated pump-outs. On the port tran­som cor­ner sits a 30-gal­lon livewell with gas­keted lid and view­ing win­dow, fed by an 800 gph pump and a sys­tem of drains and valves that en­able pre­cise water flow, both in and out.

The fiber­glass hard­top with pow­der­coated alu­minum frame, a stan­dard fea­ture on the 272 CC, in­cludes over­head stor­age, LED light­ing, and a tem­pered-glass wind­shield with wiper and power-ac­tu­ated vent, and shades the for­ward-con­sole seat and the helm, where the ex­pan­sive dash pro­vides am­ple room for dual 12-inch mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays, dig­i­tal gauges, two rocker-switch pan­els, a stereo and more.

Rod stor­age in­cludes four flush­mounted hold­ers on the cov­er­ing boards and five across the tran­som, plus hor­i­zon­tal racks for two ex­tra rods un­der both gun­wales. An op­tional rocket launcher on the hard­top adds an­other four rods to the arse­nal.

A tran­som door of­fers easy ac­cess to the in­te­gral swim plat­form, where a re­cessed, tele­scop­ing swim lad­der re­mains un­der a hatch, out of the way un­til needed.

With the boat fea­tures sur­veyed, we idled away from down­town Mi­ami’s sky­line to the open wa­ters of Bis­cayne Bay, where we be­gan the sea trial with a series of shut­tle runs, dur­ing which the 27-footer av­er­aged 8 sec­onds to go from zero to 30 mph, with min­i­mal bow rise at take­off.

We fol­lowed that by run­ning at wideopen throt­tle, reach­ing a top speed of 56.7 mph.

En­coun­ter­ing a neg­li­gi­ble 1-foot chop, we sought out large, pass­ing ves­sels and took on their wakes at var­i­ous an­gles and speeds to see how the Black­fin re­sponded. Not only did it slice through smoothly with­out any pound­ing, but it also did so while keep­ing us dry — com­mend­able con­sid­er­ing the 12-knot breeze. The boat also passed the slalom test with fly­ing col­ors, re­main­ing re­spon­sive and pre­dictable through­out. And it ex­celled on the turns, tak­ing even the tight ones at a fast clip with­out any slip­ping or ex­ces­sive lean­ing.

Black­fin’s 272 CC up­holds the sto­ried brand’s rep­u­ta­tion and takes a solid first step in bring­ing back a line of ca­pa­ble fish­ing ma­chines now based on ver­sa­tile, out­board-pow­ered cen­ter con­soles de­signed and equipped for more than off­shore an­gling.

Any avid fish­er­man who shares qual­ity time on the water with the fam­ily should again think of Black­fin when it comes time to shop for a new boat, then find a nearby dealer and give this par­tic­u­lar model a good look.

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