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Pathfinder 2600 TRS: 2020 Boat Buyers Guide

The 2600 TRS blends family-friendly boating amenities with hardcore fishing capabilities.

Pathfinder 2600 TRS fishing
LOA: 26'2" | Beam: 8'10" | Fuel Capacity: 78 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,350 lb. with power | Max HP: 350 | Certifications: NMMAPathfinder Boats

Pathfinder, in keeping with its “angler-driven” descriptor, designs each boat model from a challenge: comfortable and safe mastery of a specific angling application, informed by pro guide staff members and its legion of loyal customers.

Pathfinder is part of the Maverick Boat Group with sibling brands Maverick, Hewes and Cobia.

Pathfinder 2600 TRS rod lockers
Rod lockers store 81⁄2- inch sticks, and forward seats fold up from the hatches.Pathfinder Boats

Pathfinder 2600 TRS

Pathfinder’s 2600 TRS is a charmer of a bay boat, with the good looks and comfort-amenities that suggest an evening of island hopping or dinner. But it’s more than ready for tournament-level hardcore fishing the next day.

A double-stepped hull —-lightweight thanks to vacuum-infused-construction—pops onto plane, swift and fuel-efficient. It’s stable at drift or anchored, and a standard Atlas jack plate makes it shallow-water versatile. Despite its bay-boat designation, it’s ready for some bigger waters too.

Open space—of major importance to 73 percent of -bay-boat fishers—is retained thanks to in-floor storage and large, lockable storage areas for rods and other gear, which is something 38 percent of our bay-boat respondents require. The console contains flip-out storage compartments for neat containment of more tackle and tools.

The boat is wired and ready for a 36-volt trolling motor, favored gear of two-thirds of bay-boat anglers. Raw-water and freshwater washdowns make keeping it clean a breeze, even when fishing action has been frantic. The livewell measures 36 gallons.

Seating is both generous and flexible, with spots for up to 10. The deluxe helm seats, with backrests, have fold-down armrests and flip-up bolsters. Forward console seating has a cooler beneath. Up front, flip-up -forward-facing backrests disappear when fishing. Integrated rear deck seating provides perches for three, each with an independent flip-up seat; they fold out of the way and create a large casting deck. Four flush-mounted rod holders line the gunwales. (A rod rack on the optional hardtop holds four more.)

Inside the fully finished console is room for storage, privacy for changing, or it can be rigged with a head. Other options include Power Poles, cushion packages, hardtop or T-top, upper station, Garmin electronics and more. And for the moment that begs for neither cruising nor fishing? Well, there is an optional tow pylon.

Survey Says: On Target

⋅Lockable rod storage

⋅Raw-water and freshwater washdowns

Owners Say

⋅Very versatile

⋅Rides quite well and can go in about 17 inches of water

⋅Easy to fish out of, great looks, cleans up great

⋅Can go skinny water or nearshore comfortably

Brand Says

⋅Born to do one thing: put dedicated anglers on fish

⋅Pathfinder defined the term “bay boat”