John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
MARCH 2011
 
   
L OA  26' 6" Beam 8' 9"
Draft  20" (engines up)
Weight  6,500 lb (with engines)
Fuel 180 gal
Max. Power 300hp
Base Price  $130,903 with twin Yamaha 150s

Glacier Bay's new 2740 Renegade dual-console catamaran is a complete redesign of the classic, legendarily seaworthy 2640. The 2740 has more cruising amenities, more room at the helm, a redesigned forward seating area and sleeker lines. The port and starboard bow seats will accommodate four adults, and they are built-in to improve comfort. The helm also features a five-piece, walk-through windshield, a large storage compartment, an L-shaped portside lounge for four adults, and a luxurious helm bench seat with a flip-up bolster.


The large port console contains a walk-in head with an LED light and positive ventilation. Also standard is a fiberglass entertainment center/wet bar with a stainless steel sink and freshwater faucet, Corian countertop and four storage drawers, plus an optional refrigerated drawer and grill. In addition, the 2740 has over 600 quarts of insulated cooler/fishbox storage with overboard drains. The cockpit boasts a Euro-style walk-through transom leading to an extended swim platform with integrated handrails and a board-ing ladder. Other cockpit amenities include a freshwater shower, a raw-water wash-down, bolsters, under-gunwale rod racks and four gunwale-mounted rod holders. Typical cruise with twin Yamaha F150s is 22 mph, getting 2.3 miles per gallon. Typical wide-open throttle is 42 mph at 1.5 mpg. Glacier Bay Catamarans, Tarboro, N.C., 425-508-1355, www.glacierbaycats.com.