New Boat: Ocean Master Ocean Skiff 296
By Tom Richardson on November 3, 2015
Ocean Master’s new Ocean Skiff 296 is a versatile, trailerable, semi-custom 29’ center console that weighs just 3,500 pounds and sports a beam of 8′ 6″.
Like its little sister, the 27′ Ocean Skiff, the spacious 296 is a performance fishing platform. It comes standard with a 35-gallon live well, a 120-gallon insulated fishbox, recessed storage for 4 rods, dual tackle centers and a substantial amount of stowage. The aft-deck fishing package adds another pair of 16-gallon live wells, one on each corner of the transom. Because the 296 is semi-custom, an almost unlimited array of options and configurations are available.
Like all Ocean Masters, the 296 features solid-fiberglass construction and a proven hull form that provides a smooth, dry ride. It also makes the 296 fast and fuel-efficient. Rigged with a pair of 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC outboards and a full 165-gallon fuel tank, the 296 will cruise at 32.4 mph at 3500 rpm while delivering 2.8 mpg, according to the manufacturer’s test data. Top end with that power is 48.8 mph, with a mpg of 1.6.
- Length 29’ 6”
- Beam 8’ 6”
- Weight 3,500 lbs.
- Fuel 165 gals.
- Live well (std) 35 gals.
Price (w/ twin 150 hp Evinrude E-TEC engines)