Baja Marine made a big splash at the fall boat shows with its new outboard-powered 26-foot sportboat — the first non-sterndrive model in the brand’s history.
The Baja 26 Outlaw twin-outboard setup (pictured) frees up space in the stern, where the builder has installed a wakeboard rack and storage for safety equipment.
“With the powerful and reliable Verado outboards, we felt that now was the time to come out with an outboard boat,” says company president Johnny Walker. The Baja 26 is powered with twin Verado 300s for a top speed of 70 mph. Base price is $147,995, and an upgrade package adds about $13,000.
Baja Marine — the parent of Baja, Pro-Line, Donzi and Fountain — also introduced a special version of the Pro-Line 23 center console. The 23 Sport Hemingway Edition is the first in a series of boats designed with the family of Ernest Hemingway. “Anyone who has read the novels by my grandfather knows he had a great passion for the water, boats and fishing,” John Hemingway told me at the boat’s debut. The boat bears the author’s signature and was inspired by Hemingway’s boat, Pilar.
The connection between Pro-Line and the Hemingways began several years ago when Nick Miller, Baja vice president, and Hemingway’s granddaughter Mina Hemingway met while fishing in the same tournament. The Washington, N.C., builder will offer the Hemingway Edition package for all Pro-Line models from 21 to 35 feet, Walker says.
Pro-Line equips the 23 with a custom angled rigid T-top with storage and two extra rod holders; an aluminum helm seat with upgraded upholstery; a flat-black powdercoating on the bow, T-top and seat rails; a leaning post; a backrest; and rod holders. With a single 300-hp Mercury Verado, the base price is $64,015. The Hemingway package adds $19,725.
February 2014 issue