While up and coming boat builders continue to flood the market with impressive options, one can’t ignore the time-tested platforms from Pathfinder Boats. The latest addition to their newly revamped lineup is the aptly named Bay Crusher and a big step up from the 2400 Series. Capable of running the flats or hitting the open seas, this impressively equipped bay boat will change the way you fish no matter what coast you call home.
With a double step hull designed to efficiently cut through rough water at high speed, the 2600 HPS (High Performance Step) offers impressive acceleration and top end all with increased efficiency. Anglers familiar with Maverick Boat Company brands will be comforted knowing a host of standard features set the stage for incredible days on the water. Live bait anglers will be happy to know there are two wells splitting duty on the expansive walk around deck and cockpit, with a 15-gallon livewell in the bow and 48-gallon tank in the stern deck. Fly anglers chasing tarpon in deep water will have all the tools at hand with lockable, under gunwale storage for rods to 9 feet both port and starboard. Dry storage galore and a bow insulated fishbox fit for smoker kings complete the well thought out and roomy deck layout.
Options to provide die-hard anglers the upper hand are limited only by budget, with Power-Pole, fiberglass T-top, Raymarine electronics package and Yamaha Command Link gauges additions that cannot be overlooked. For anglers in the market for the ultimate crossover to attack every inch of coastline and beyond, the biggest and best Pathfinder of all is the perfect fit. Where do you want to go next? Pathfinder Boats, 772.465.0631, pathfinderboats.com
Fuel Capacity: 80 gal.
Weight: (w/F300) 3,350 lb.
Max HP: 350
MSRP: (w/VF250) $71,875*
*Model may be shown with optional features
While the latest outboard motors from Yamaha are impressively outfitted, different propeller designs will have a noticeable impact on performance. When selecting a propeller remember that a lower pitch results in increased torque and hole shot, while increasing the pitch results in greater top end speed. A three blade prop will provide increased efficiency, while four blade props improve hole shot. Outfitted with a Yamaha F300 HP outboard and Reliance Series-SDS 13-3/4 x 21 prop, the 2600 HPS Bay Crusher reached 29.3 MPH at 3500 RPM, burning 8.0 GPH. A top speed of 59.4 MPH was reached at 6000 RPM, burning 25.9 GPH. Yamaha, yamaha-motor.com
*Performance bulletins are to be used as references. Test conditions feature a full fuel tank, two adults and are subject to numerous variables and factors.