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.
Sailfish 2660
APRIL 2009
 
   
Length overall  26' 2"
Beam  9'
Draft  1' 6"
Weight7,750 lb 
Deadrise 22 degrees
Fuel200 gals / Water14 gals 
Base Price  $133,135 w/twin 200hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards

Sailfish's new pilothouse options for three of its walkaround cuddy (WAC) models (2360, 2660 and 3060) can extend the boating season at either end. The model we tested, the 2660, includes an aft drop curtain in the package for especially unfriendly days. Sturdy, dual-action wipers are a valuable option for the full-height windshield. Overhead netting keeps life jackets close at hand, while two side windows and a pair of overhead hatches supply ventilation.

Pilothouse options are ladder-back helm and companion seats or an L-shaped settee to port, both with under-seat storage. Abaft the helm are upholstered seats with tackle drawers underneath. Steps lead to the walkaround decks, with plenty of sturdy handholds and a thigh-level bow rail. The cockpit has toeholds under the gunwales, along with horizontal rod racks. Additional rod storage includes a pair of upright holders in each aft leg of the pilothouse, two in each gunwale and four across the transom. The center of the transom holds either a large cooler seat or a fold-down seat. There's a livewell in the starboard transom corner and a door to port. A vertical hatch in the transom provides access to plumbing and wiring. The transom has mounts for a removable ski tow pylon.

Inside the cabin of the 2660 WAC Pilothouse there is a large V-berth forward, plus a pair of folding upper bunks. It also comes with a sink and microwave to port and an enclosed head to starboard.

Our test boat carried twin F200 Yamaha four-stroke outboards, which balanced it out well. Top speed was just shy of 50 mph, but the boat performed best at cruising speeds in the upper 20s (3500 to 4000 rpm, with fuel economy between 1.9 and 2 miles per gallon) and planed off at 16 mph (3000 rpm). We tested in winds gusting into the 20s and a steep 2- to 3-foot chop, which the 2660 handled easily. In fact, the ride was so dry that we hardly used the windshield wipers. Sailfish Boats, Cairo, Ga.; 229-377-2125; www.sailfishboats.com