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Ocean Sport 26 Review

Leave it to Ocean Sport Boats to design an easily trailerable 26′ boat with many luxury features, in addition to the creature comforts of their popular 30 & 33′ Roamer Series. The Ocean Sport’s Legacy 26 model reflects an impressively efficient use of space to fulfill everyone’s desires. Whether the float plan calls for a family weekend of cruising or a hardcore fishing trip with friends, the Legacy’s layout always feels just right.

The construction of the boat is built to last with a “no wood” mentality. Every structural component of the boat is built using infusion injection vacuum bagging. Twin Yamaha 200 four stroke engines power the Legacy on an integrated outboard pod with recessed trim tabs. (There is a single diesel-powered option) The Legacy is estimated to top out at an amazing 48 mph at 6000 rpm, The cruise speed of 33 mph is equally impressive, with the twin Yamahas running at 4200 rpm while burning 17.5 gph for an economy rating of 2.0 mpg.

Take it down a few notches to 3600 rpm and you can cruise at 25 mph with an economy rating of 2.15 mpg.

When it is time to get down to business and start fishing, the Legacy does not disappoint. The cockpit features approximately 55 square feet of flush, self-bailing deck, with a comfortable 27” gunwale height.

A huge 225-gallon below deck fish box with drain and macerator pump are just waiting to be filled with the day’s catch, with plenty of room to keep your fish properly iced. As you explore the deck, it is wide-open spaces all around!

The rear below deck lazzerette benefits from the lack of inboard engine, and will accommodate a couple large coolers or kill bags for additional ice or catch storage. It also provides easy access to the three bilge pumps, wash down pumps, batteries, fuel water separators, and circuit board. Both in deck hatches are gasket-sealed and surrounded by a large gutter system to keep water out.

The transom features a walk through door, a fish bleeding or bait hold with drain, and both fresh and raw water wash downs.

An aft helm with throttle controls and stainless steel steering wheel add to the Legacy’s fish ability.

The extended hardtop houses a rocket launcher to store up to 8 rods safely out of the way, and has a built in gutter with stainless steel drains to remove water from the top side. A molded step provides easy access to the to the walk-around where aggressive non-skid, 1 ¼” stainless steel handrail and tall welded stainless steel bow rail add security for those venturing to the fore deck.

A flush molded anchor locker at the bow securely stores anchor rode and bow lines. Seven 10” heavy-duty stainless steel cleats allow for easy placement of bumpers and lines for mooring, once back at port.

The Ocean Sport Legacy is much more than a 26′ trailerable boat; it is a small luxury yacht!

Teak and holly cabinets support the dinette, helm seat, butane stove, stainless steel sink, and under counter refrigerator. Full extension drawers, real wood construction, Corian counter tops, and a generous stand up head provide all the comforts for a weekend at sea. In addition to these features, much thought and effort has been put into the “cleanability” of all materials throughout the interior. All surfaces were designed to just wipe clean of fish blood or slime.

The dinette serves as forward seating for four passengers, thanks to a thoughtful slide to expand shoulder room, and it also folds down into a berth.

The V-berth is generously sized for two adults and features plush 4” thick cushions, teak shelving, LED reading lights, and a plush headliner. The designers at Ocean Sport even found room for an aft stateroom!

The entire area under the main cabin is a berth large enough to sleep two or three people comfortably.

The helm on the Legacy is practical and ergonomic. The comfortably padded seat includes foldaway armrests; it also folds forward for more counter space, and mounted high enough to allow for unobstructed views out of the three front windows. Tinted sliding side windows offer great peripheral vision as well. The angled helm dash allows for easy monitoring of all gauges and electronics.

If the designers at Ocean Sport were trying to build a mid-sized, trailerable boat, that is just as suited for a weekend excursion with the family as it is for a fishing adventure with your buddies, then they hit the nail on the head!

To see one in person, you can visit Islands Marine Center in WA or visit their website for more information.

IMC is your homeport in the San Juan Islands. They are located in Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. IMC features a 100-slip, full-service marina with chandlery, marine and NAPA automotive parts department. They also offer year round storage facilities with 6 acres of dry storage and haul-outs to 25 tons. They are centrally located in some of the best fishing and cruising waters anywhere.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • LOA (to transom) 26’9”
  • Beam 9’6”
  • Fuel Capacity 200 gal
  • Holding Tank 15 gal
  • Fresh Water 40 gal
  • Deadrise 20 degrees
  • Approx Dry Weight* 8,500 lbs
  • Sleeps 5 adults
  • *Weight is subject to engine package. This weight recorded with twin Yamaha 200 outboards*
Capt. Darrell Johnson
Capt. Darrell Johnson is owner and operator of Far Corners Express Sport Fishing, he is a full time professional fishing guide in Washington State, an...