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Old 09-05-2019, 06:39 PM
1gunner 1gunner is offline
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Default 26FS vs. 24FS interior space????

Iím trying to determine where is the difference in interior space between these two models? Looks like the 26 is about 2.75í +/- longer on interior/deck space. Where is that additional length allocated? Rear cockpit, distance between helm and lean post, forward seating area or a combination of all of the above?
Any thoughts on this from those that have direct experience on both?
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:59 AM
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You have to remember the 26 is a bracket boat, the 26' measurement does not include the bracket and the engines, so a 26 is really about 30 feet long.

The 24 is a euro transom boat, so the 24' includes the transom engine mount, but not the engines, so the difference in usable hull length is probably closer to 4 feet than 2 feet. The 26 then uses some of that for the transom storage boxes and livewell.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:19 AM
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You have to remember the 26 is a bracket boat, the 26' measurement does not include the bracket and the engines, so a 26 is really about 30 feet long.

The 24 is a euro transom boat, so the 24' includes the transom engine mount, but not the engines, so the difference in usable hull length is probably closer to 4 feet than 2 feet. The 26 then uses some of that for the transom storage boxes and livewell.
Iím aware of all of that. But Iím curious about the interior space??? The 26 measures 25í10Ē to the back of the transom whereas the 24 measures around 22í10Ē to the back of its transom. And when Iím mentioning ďtransomĒ Iím referring the vertical bulkhead aft of the livewells. Iím just curious where that 2.75-3í of extra space is? The 26 doesnít seem that much larger inside????
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:41 AM
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The 24 interior is tiny. It's been argued many times that the 23 actually has more cockpit space because it doesn't have the Euro Transom. The forward seating area on the 26 is much larger than the 24, and the cockpit is also larger.
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Old 09-06-2019, 02:17 PM
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I own a 24, the 24 is a big heavy bay/ nearshore boat that can go offshore, it's a great little boat it CAN be towed with max tow 1500 series truck. The major interior difference in the boat's are between the back rest of the leaning post and the transom 24 is tight and the 26 is not. If you want a bad ass inshore boat that can go offshore and use a 1500 to tow it get the 24.

FYI the 24 is actually 24'8" at the waterline it is dead on 25. The 26 is 25' 10" without the bracket as noted it's really a 29-30 foot boat.

The 26 is a much larger boat and much heavier boat, it's really an offshore boat that can do inshore but it's an offshore boat. This boat CAN'T be towed by anything that is a 1500 it needs a 2500 really a diesel, it's a big heavy tank. If want to fish more offshore and be comfortable and you already have the tow vehicle get the 26.

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Old 09-06-2019, 03:37 PM
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Thanks for the responses. So it seems like the majority of that additional interior space is in the cockpit and a smaller portion up in the forward seating area? It looks like the 26 also has a slightly larger console from front to rear? Can anyone confirm this?
Hey thanks again!

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Old 09-06-2019, 06:13 PM
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I have towed a 2002 26 FS 1,000's of miles with a GMC 1500 Maxtow. 6.2L, 3.73 diff's. No issues at all. I do run down the fuel pretty good though before the tow. Surge brakes,triple axel. It is within specs for the truck. 65-70 mph no problems.
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:12 PM
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The 24 is very short on aft cockpit space. There is little room aft of the leaning post on the 24. Live well and molded in transom tale up a lot of useable fishing space IMO.
A 23 Classic has more cockpit space, but does no have a head or above deck well
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Old 09-07-2019, 09:11 AM
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Yeah I recently sold my 24FS. Great boat but we just needed additional space throughout. Iím just trying to determine if the 26 will provide that much more additional space or do a move up to something in the 29-30 range?
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:56 AM
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I have owned a 24 and now have a 26. The 26 has about double the space between the leaning post and transom. Also more storage in the the boat as well, 26 has two foot lockers at the step and a larger anchor locker.

I tend to use the forward seating storage for fish boxes, the ones on the 24 are longer (which I like better). On the 24 the forward seating carries to the anchor locker. On the 26 the anchor locker is larger which takes away from the forward seating storage.

The main fish locker is also larger on the 26.

The 26 is diffenatly a better fishing platform because of the room, ride, storage etc.
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