The further a company gets away from understanding what dedicated anglers want in their boats,” Pathfinder Boats proclaims, “the more underwhelming their products will be.”
That’s why the company works with its angler-driven design team, pro guide staff and loyal customers to launch models—including three brand-new models in 2021—aimed at real-world improvements that solve problems and enhance fishability of their boats.
Pathfinder, with Hewes, Cobia and Maverick, is part of the Maverick Boat Group.
The new Pathfinder 2700 Open —built to range from open flats to inlets, from beaches to offshore pursuits, all in a single day—combines the forward deck space of a bay boat with the open cockpit of a center-console for the best of bay and blue water on a double-stepped, VARIS vacuum-infused hull.
Instead of the bay boat’s typical rear casting deck, the 2700 has an open cockpit that accommodates a range of fishing styles. Optional aft corner jump seats are available. The bow casting platform is two easy steps up.
The 2700 has the two livewells that leave none of our survey respondents unserved. Serious center-console anglers get a 42-gallon double-pump well in the leaning post, and a handy 22-gallon tank aft well, both with aquariumlike clear side panels.
To the 2700 Open’s 95-gallon standard fuel capacity you can add a range-stretching optional 31-gallon auxiliary fuel cell.
Six gunwale-mounted rod/cup holders in the aft cockpit meet or exceed the expectations of most respondents. Undergunwale storage accommodates up to six 9-foot rods, part of its overall rod-rack capacity for 18 rods of all kinds. Also fishing-friendly are in-deck cast-net lockers.
Three insulated fish boxes total 95 gallons, to which optional pump-out macerators can be added. Any can be used as dry storage too.
Other standard equipment includes a hydraulic jack plate, 36-volt trolling-motor system, trim tabs, deluxe convertible helm seating, and Optimus electric steering.
Options include a fiberglass hardtop or T-top second station, choice of Yamaha 425 XTO or F300, Garmin autopilot and screens, undergunwale faux teak SeaDek panels, Edson steering wheel, console port-a-potty, and JL Marine stereo package.
Survey Says: On Target
- Storage for a variety of tackle for flexibility
- Spacious walkways flanking consoles
- Quality construction; I love a dependable, well-made boat
- Very stable and fishable
- The 2700 Open does so many things so well
- Born to do one thing—put dedicated anglers on fish
- “Does everything well”
Fuel Capacity: 95 gal.
Dry Weight: 4,934 lb. with power
Max HP: 450