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April 22, 2013

Pathfinder 2600 HPS

Pathfinder’s new 2600 HPS comes ready for action in a lot of situations.

Specifications

LOA: 26’2”  Beam: 8’10”  Deadrise: 18 degrees

Fuel: 80 gallons  Max Power: 350 hp  Weight: (with F300) 3,350 pounds

Base price: $71,875 with Yamaha F250

Pathfinder Boats: 772-465-0631 • pathfinderboats.com


Performance with a single F350 Yamaha outboard

RPM MPH GPH | RPM MPH GPH

4,000 38.7 12.9 5,500 55.0 26.7

4,500 44.7 17.0 | 6,050 61.9 33.7

5,000 49.5 21.6  


It might not be entirely accurate to call the Pathfinder 2600 HPS a bay boat, because this all-new offering from the company that helped popularize the bay-boat design in the first place is capable of so much more. The 2600 is a large boat, with a relatively high freeboard (27 inches amidships), so while it can certainly do a great job in bay waters, it will also serve capably in light to moderate offshore duty.

We got a chance to run the new boat at Caribee Boat Sales and Marina, the Florida Keys Pathfinder dealer in Islamorada. A stiff northerly breeze had Florida Bay waters churned up nicely for our test, and the 2600 did not disappoint. Powered by a single Yamaha F350 outboard, the boat jumps on plane effortlessly, with almost no bow rise at all.

Twin steps designed into the hull create excellent efficiency, and with that much power, the 2600 cruises nicely at just under 45 mph at 4,500 rpm, while burning only 17 gph. The 2600 handled the short chop with ease, and we stayed dry even when pushing the boat hard in turns, and running in beam seas or at quartering angles. Suffice it to say, the 2600 exhibited exemplary sea manners, and the steps showed no tendency to blow out in hard turns.

Like all previous Pathfinder models before it, the new 2600 features a serious fishing design that hard-core ­fishermen will appreciate. For example, the bow area features a multilevel design with a step up in the center. The step lid opens to reveal a huge, 80-gallon fish box that’s insulated and has a macerator option; it runs forward beneath the casting deck and can hold some truly large fish, or a whole bunch of smaller ones.