Burgeoning Georgia manufacturer Sailfish Boats continues to expand their portfolio, and their potential market share, with the launch of a new midsize dual console.
The all-new 226 DC will cater to both their hometown coastal customer base of offshore fishermen and family boaters, but will also open up the options for inland boaters seeking a mid-range dual console that offers a multitude of functions.
Tall freeboard is apparent on the 226 design, which is both a necessity for the coastal market and an increasingly popular feature among inland family boaters. The 23' LOA showcases a gentle bow flare and a sleek overall aesthetic, producing all signs that it will serve admirably in a variety of boating contexts.
One of her most notable features is a unique portside lounger that offers both fore and aft seating, as well as the ability to convert into a full-size sunpad. An aft fold-away seat also provides easy access to the bilge, making repairs or maintenance a breeze. Under-seat storage, cup holders, and USB ports are all ample, and an optional bow table offers a spacious social zone.
Other standout stern features include a Baja Sand Bar Cooler in the transom swim platform, and a Baja Storage Trunk in the transom itself. A standard transom pressurized freshwater shower will be welcome for any user, and an optional ski tow pylon increases the potential uses for the boat beyond simply fishing or cruising.
For anglers, handy standard features include a 21-gallon live well, numerous rod holders, insulted bow fish boxes (that double as a cooler when not fishing), and a spacious rear deck and swim platform for maneuvering with rods, gear, and the big catch.
The full-size wraparound windshield is an ode to her manufacturer's offshore roots but will also be a welcome treat for family boaters or those with adventurous ambitions during the shoulder season. The helm station hosts a 7" Garmin GPS chartplotter to provide the necessary data for hardcore anglers and those looking to customize their riding experience. Access to a private head with a standard porta potty left of the helm is a welcome feature for both families and offshore adventurers.
Design-wise, the 226 DC presents a unique 6th-gen Variable Degree Stepped (VDS) hull. The 'three-hulls-in-one' platform provides both stability and performance whether at rest or in rough water. The deepest of the three “steps” has a steep 24-degree entry-point angle designed to push back water for a smoother ride on deck. The second surface is positioned at a slightly shallower angle of 23 degrees, enabling air to flow under the hull. The aeration produces less friction, thereby delivering better fuel economy. The third and outermost stepped surface is positioned at a flatter 22 degrees, enhancing stability at rest. This equates to less rocking in big rollers and impressive big water capability for a 23-foot platform.
Power options include a single Mercury, Yamaha or Suzuki 150 or 200 HP outboard.
LOA 23’ 0” / 7.01m
Beam 8’ 6” / 2.59 m
Draft 18” / 45.72 cm
Deadrise Variable 22° – 24°
Fuel Capacity 108 gal / 45.42 L
Water Capacity 12 gal / 28.39 L
Max HP 200 HP