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Sea Chaser 26 LX Bay Series: 2022 Boat Buyers Guide

While able to play multiple roles, fishing is clearly the LX Bay’s favored pursuit.

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Sea Chaser 26 LX out fishing
While able to play multiple roles, fishing is clearly the LX Bay’s favored pursuit. Sea Chaser

In sports, Sea Chaser’s 26 LX Bay would affectionately be referred to as a tweener, a versatile center-console that can’t be pigeonholed into one single category but instead excels in a variety of roles. In the bay, offshore, upriver or plying the waters of your favorite lake, it handles all with equal aplomb, whether the task at hand be fishing or just cruising with family and friends.

Much of the craft’s on-water versatility can be attributed to the hull—a stepped, dynamic-V design with a 17-degree deadrise that can slice its way through big water, display spirited handling in calmer conditions, and prove a stable platform at rest. Completely devoid of wood, it’s backed by a fiberglass stringer grid and high-density fiber-core foam transom. Topside, a molded fiberglass deck liner gives the interior a finished appearance, incorporates plenty of storage and fish-friendly compartments, and is self-bailing to funnel water overboard.

Sea Chaser 26 LX in the bay
Additional fishing highlights include trolling-motor panel with trim/tilt, port and starboard coaming pads, below-gunwale rod holders, eight flush-mounted rod holders, dedicated bucket storage. Sea Chaser

While able to play multiple roles, fishing is clearly the LX Bay’s favored pursuit. Spacious raised decks are found at both the bow and stern, each of which can be fitted with an optional pedestal fishing seat. At the bow, lockable rod/storage compartments are positioned to both port and starboard. Savvy buyers will appreciate that the lids open lengthwise, making it easier to both stash longer rods as well as access contents whether aboard or loading or unloading from the trailer. Open the additional flush deck hatches to reveal an anchor locker, insulated fish box, and a tackle box array. One of two onboard baitwells is found below the forward console seat. Aft, the other is located within the even-more-spacious rear platform. Two flush-mounted jump seats await below that deck’s surface when it’s time to relax and cruise. The center of the two raises to reveal spacious maintenance access to pumps and seacocks, with room for additional storage.

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Sea Chaser 26 LX leaning post
At the console, Sea Chaser’s Ultra Leaning Post offers the function of a leaning post with the comfort of a seat, with backrest, flip-down footrest, four rod holders and designated storage for a 70-quart cooler. Sea Chaser

At the console, Sea Chaser’s Ultra Leaning Post offers the function of a leaning post with the comfort of a seat, with backrest, flip-down footrest, four rod holders and designated storage for a 70-quart cooler. A clean dash layout offers plenty of space for additional electronics. Overhead, a variety of top options are available, from Bimini to canvas T-top to a nicely finished molded fiberglass hardtop that matches the hull color on the underside and includes speakers, LED lights and electronics box.

High Points

  • Versatile design includes high gunwales, large bow grab rails for more security in big or offshore conditions, and minimal draft to get into skinnier coastal waters.
  • Additional fishing highlights include trolling-motor panel with trim/tilt, port and starboard coaming pads, below-gunwale rod holders, eight flush-mounted rod holders, dedicated bucket storage.
  • Standards include Sea Star hydraulic steering with tilt helm, blue LED underwater lights, raw-water washdown, swim platform with telescoping ladder.
  • Optional flip-up console offers a step down to a portable toilet or electric head with 9-gallon holding tank.

Specs

LOA: 25′11″

Beam: 8′7″

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Draft (min): 12″

Dry Weight: 3,234 lb.

Seat/Weight Capacity: 12/3,400 lb.

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Fuel Capacity: 84 gal.

Available Power: Single outboard to 350 hp

More Info

Sea Chaser – Waycross, Georgia; 800-422-7282; seachaser.com

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MSRP: For pricing and additional details, please contact your local authorized Sea Chaser dealer.

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