Our test boat was equipped with the Team Edition package. It includes an 800-gph Rule Tournament Series livewell pump and LED lighting, a cushioned foot mat at the helm and a tackle center with custom bags and tool rack. Raw and freshwater washdowns with hydracoil hoses and pressure heads are included to rinse off fish slime or the tackle at the end of the day. There's more than enough fresh water to go around, thanks to the ample 27-gallon tank.
The skipper and first mate will be quite comfortable on long runs to the fishing grounds in the 286. As far as that goes, so will the rest of the crew. Helm seating consists of thickly padded captain's chairs that adjust independently. A flip-back footrest is standard. If you prefer to stand while underway, the chairs easily convert to leaning bolsters. Flip-down seats are nestled in each corner of the transom, and there's another pair of bucket seats forward of the console. The bow storage compartments come with cushions, too, and a recessed transom bench seat is an available option.
The tall console has a wraparound windshield, compass, tilt hydraulic steering and stainless-steel steering wheel with a power knob for tight maneuvers. A Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 adaptor is standard. The electronics panel has plenty of room to flush-mount a pair of large display units. SeaFox offers a choice of three factory-installed Garmin depth finder/chart plotter units.
The console opens on the port side to give access to the portable head and dry storage. An electric head with holding tank is an available add-on, along with an overboard waste-discharge system. An access panel to the instruments and electronic wiring makes servicing easy.
Besides enhancing the overall fishability of the Pro Series, SeaFox raised the bar on its construction standards as well. The 286 plug was cut using a computer-assisted five-axis router to improve fit and finish. Quality components are standard, including stainless-steel through-hull fittings, hardware and rub rail. An aluminum plate glassed into the transom strengthens the engine-mount area. The deck cap is glassed to the foam-filled fiberglass stringer system and closed-cell foam is used for flotation. SeaFox backs each of its hulls with a generous limited- lifetime warranty.
When we returned to the dock with several nice dolphin up to 26 pounds, the fish-raising traits of the 286 were confirmed. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it ran and handled, too. The 286 definitely falls into the category of a great value for the money. First-time buyers or anglers on a budget looking to move up to a bluewater machine should add this one to their list of possibilities.
MAX HP......500 hp
w/twin DF250-hp Suzuki outboards
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