The successful 27-foot hull from Angler Boats has been completely revamped, and the new incarnation is the Angler 2700CC, a deep-vee made for blue water. With the exception of the integrated platform, all changes in the design are geared toward fishing. The planning and execution of the fishing features here let you know right off that this manufacturer knows what it really takes to put together an offshore boat that does the job.
The business end of any fishing boat is the transom and cockpit, and the 2700 is set up for efficiency. Set in the port corner of the transom is a deep, 30-gallon live well fitted with Lucite lid, allowing you to monitor the condition of the bait. A wide lip around the rim works as a slosh guard, keeping the water in the well when conditions are bumpy. Dual Rule 1100 pumps provide fast fill and rapid water changes, which keeps even delicate baits healthy. Our test boat had fished Bimini the previous week, and the well had kept 25 goggle-eyes alive all night in preparation for a tournament. The inlet line on one pump is fitted with a venturi valve that, when opened, draws air into the incoming stream, boosting oxygen levels in the water. The bait-prep sink sits in the middle of the transom top, with the water fill and a retractable shower recessed into one end. Starboard of the prep sink, another hatch allows deep access within the transom, where the fuel filters and pumps are mounted. In the starboard corner, a transom door leads to the integrated swim platform and ladder. A raw-water washdown, on a spring-coiled hose, hangs in the port corner. Oversize drain screens in the scuppers clear the cockpit quickly after washdown. A fold-down seat rounds out the transom fittings. This one swings down on a heavy-duty, full-length hinge and hangs on vinyl-covered, 4000-pound cables on either end. Stowed, it lies tight to the transom bulkhead, flat and out of the way. Beneath the seat, a full-width, lift-off hatch provides additional access into the transom.
The bow area is equally set up for fishing. Giant paired dry boxes lie to port and starboard, with a walkway between for pulpit access. Under the passageway is a 180-quart fishbox, which drains overboard through a macerator pump. The bow converts to a full-width casting platform with the addition of an insert over the walkway. This insert stows forward, under the dry-box hatches, and drops into place securely when needed. The integrated pulpit feeds the rode back into the top-opening rope locker on the bow deck, which is fitted with a bracket to hang an anchor on when you want to get it off the roller.
Console layout is especially comfortable. A low profile provides good visibility, yet the interior retains 5' 8" of headroom. The insides are molded and nicely finished, providing good storage and excellent access to the batteries on an inset, dedicated shelf. It is roomy enough to comfortably accommodate an optional electric head. At the front of the console, a molded-in seat overlays an insulated icebox with hinged lid.
At the helm, custom Faria gauges with a lifetime warranty are large and easy to read. Despite the low profile, the electronics panel has enough space to accommodate an array that includes ten-inch screens. The tilt wheel allows adjustment for comfortable driving, standing or sitting. The leaning post converts to a cushy perch when the back bolster folds down. The tradeoff here is loss of the under-seat storage. At the rear of the leaning post are four rod holders. Add these to the under-gunwale storage and gunwale-mounted holders and you can carry 14 rods topside, ready for action.
Our test day showed pretty sloppy conditions, but the Angler 2700 took them is stride. The hull gets on plane in a couple of seconds, without using the trim tabs. In fact, it runs well at all angles with no tabs, but it's nice to know they are there - Lenco 12-by-18s that quickly and positively change the ride should you need to. We encountered two- to three-footers mixed up inside the reef off Key Largo, with a heavy wind chop on top. At 50 mph, the entry, just under the console, throws spray well back for a dry ride. The hull cruised nicely at 32 mph at 4000 rpm, and topped out at 54 mph at 5700, with twin Evinrude 225s. Up- and down-sea it ran well up on top of the waves, and stayed remarkably steady and level when running abeam seas, sacrificing neither speed not handling.
Choice of outboard power is up to the buyer. The 2700 can be rigged with Yamaha, Mercury or Bombardier engines.
Angler Boats, Miami, FL; (305) 691-9975;