Fishing boats - Pilothouses

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Eastern 270 Tournament

A locker in the pilothouse contains three drawers, two large and two small tackle boxes, and a rack for tools. The builder placed the unit abaft the step up to the helm deck for easy and quick access from the cockpit. It faces inboard rather than aft for easier access while underway. Thick gasketing around the door’s perimeter and a locking latch make for tight, secure storage.

Lots of thought went into this custom fish station on the Eastern 270 Tournament. The toekick space around its perimeter helps anglers keep their balance while maximizing deck space. The 30-gallon live well’s oval shape keeps the bait from getting pushed into corners and dying, and the blue interior mimics the bait’s natural environment. When closed, the live well cover doubles as a cutting board. Anglers can rinse their hands quickly with the port-side faucet. A pullout freshwater hose is under the circular access plate for easy cleanup.

Eastern maximized hardtop rod storage with this custom anodized aluminum holder for eight rods. The placement had to be just right — not so high as to be out of reach from the cockpit and not so low that anglers might bump their heads stepping into the pilothouse.

Eastern mounted this 12-inch Simrad NSE multifunction display on centerline so anglers can see it better from the cockpit. The tilt mount helps, too. Fishermen can use this unit in fishfinder mode when working and in navigation mode when running. The touch-screen version can be difficult to operate when the boat is in sloppy seas, so the builder installed a unit with keys for manual operation. An identical Simrad display — this one touch-screen — is mounted at the helm.

Eastern 270 Tournament at a Glance LOA: 27 feet, 4 inches BEAM: 10 feet, 3 inches DRAFT: 2 feet, 4 inches FUEL: 200 gallons POWER: twin Mercury 150 FourStrokes SPEED: 45 mph top, 30-35 mph cruise PRICE: $180,000 CONTACT: Eastern Boats, Milton, New Hampshire PHONE: (603) 652-9213 www.easternboats.com

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June 2015 issue