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Sea Cat 260 Hybrid: 2022 Boat Buyers Guide

The 260 Hybrid is built for both inshore and offshore fishing.

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Sea Cat 260 Hybrid headed out to fish
The 260 Hybrid offers a stable ride. Courtesy Sea Cat Boats

Sea Cat Boats says that within an ever-changing industry, it has proudly maintained its attention to detail, the quality of its products, and its care for those who use its boats—all while taking advantage of the modern advancements. 

Gulfport, Mississippi-based Sea Cat says it stays ahead of the curve in the competitive field by continuously investing in research and technology, while benefiting from its build team’s more than 100 years’ worth of experience in crafting high-performance offshore racing boats. An industry-leading naval-engineering firm formulated the company’s lamination schedule.

Sea Cat 260 Hybrid

The Sea Cat 260 Hybrid boasts the best attributes of the bay boat and catamaran, ready to fish inshore shallows one day and offshore blue water the next. 

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Good things come in twos here: hulls, motors, fuel tanks, even 25-gallon clear-topped livewells within the fiberglass-enclosed racing transom. 

Or maybe threes, with triple large lockers that form a massive bow casting platform, a step up to it housing an insulated and drain-equipped box perfect for gear or refreshments. Two raised boxes along the bow section double as rod lockers. 

260 Hybrid at the dock
Rod holders are found throughout. Courtesy Sea Cat Boats

Flanking the console are two in-deck boxes, each 7 feet long and served by a Gulper Grouper pump. One can be equipped with a rod rack; the other can be divided into two smaller ice-saving fish boxes if that fits your day’s adventure.

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Two separate cranking batteries with a shared house battery can be switched to allow current from any or all to be combined or sent where needed.

Angler-pleasing options include a fiberglass T-top, T-top rocket launchers, other additional rod holders (beyond the standard six in the gunwale), custom helm seating with tackle station, a Minn Kota trolling motor, an additional livewell forward, rod-locker seating with removable backrests, and forward seat cushions and bolsters.

Manufacturer’s Remark

Sea Cat boats are built for inshore and offshore. They’re designed to last and are warranted for life.

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Performance Data

  • Test Power: Twin Suzuki DF-300AP 
  • Test Props: Stainless, 15.25 x 26, four-blade
  • Test Load: 4,900 lb., plus 80 gal. fuel, two people, safety gear    
  • Test Speed: 67.3 mph @ 6,100 rpm   
  • Max Range: 259 mi. @ 32.3 mph, 3,500 rpm

Specs

LOA: 26′
Beam: 8’6″
Fuel Capacity: 120 gal.
Dry Weight: 4,900 lb. plus power
Max HP: 600

Editor Says

The seaworthiness of the Sea Cat’s multi­hull design—with its enclosed racing transom—takes the worry out of offshore jaunts, while its 14-inch draft opens the door to backcountry forays. The boat’s stability makes it a terrific platform for fishing at any depth, not to mention cruising or enjoying a picnic at your favorite sandbar.  – Alex Suescun, Executive Editor, Salt Water Sportsman

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