This month, Irwin Yacht Sales’ cup runneth over with a host of 2022 and 2023 models of Blackfin fishing vessels. Irwin—which has been the exclusive dealer of the Florida-based Blackfin line in the Northwest since 2019—noted that many of these rugged sport boats are well-suited for the inclement weather of this area, with many having full canvas enclosures. The four Blackfin center- and dual-console models showcased here (each equipped with one fully enclosed head) are currently in Irwin’s stock, but a total of six should be available by the time Boats Afloat rolls around, April 27-30. Here are some of the latest features of the 252s and 272s that you can spy at the show:
Right off the bat, the obvious difference between last year’s model of this center-console Blackfin and the most recent is seen on the outside wrapper (a black hull for 2022 and white hull with a black stripe for 2023). More importantly, the 2023 version has a completely re-engineered deep-V hull design that provides extra stability and significant fuel economy. The tall hull sides help keep everyone onboard in the chop, and give thigh-high support for those struggling with an ornery fish on the line. The 252CC features dual Garmin 8612 screens, radar, an upgraded 1,000-watt transducer, a bow shade, and an upgraded Fusion stereo system. Amenities for anglers include a cockpit table/casting platform, insulated fishboxes, gunwale and transom mounted rod holders, and an insulated storage cooler in the bow. The 252CC is powered by twin Mercury 200XL 4-stroke outboards. The combined 400hp they produce gives the boat a peppy 32-knot cruising speed and top speed of 45 knots.
This dual-console version of the Blackfin 252 provides easy access from the bow to the stern of the boat, while also providing multiple seating options for the family. The 2023 version is available in a whisper grey hull, a white hard-top framework, white engine pods, and an all-new feather grey interior. Standard features for fishing include an insulated baitwell, in-floor fish boxes with macerated pump-outs, a cutting board over the transom for bait prep, a wet bar with a sink, a pull-out sprayer, and a 35-quart Yeti Tundra cooler. Other amenities include a U-shaped bow seating area, a portside co-captain’s chair with a flip-up bolster, portside aft-facing seat, a convertible port lounge seat, and a transom shower and washdown faucet. The twin Mercury outboards on the 252DC are the same as those on the 252CCs, but the cruising speed is slightly slower, at 30 knots.
The 272s, measuring about two feet longer and a foot wider than its 252 cousins, provide more breathing room on board and a large freeboard. The center-console 272CC features flip-down transom seating, bow and cockpit combing bolsters, a cockpit table with an inlaid SeaDek top, a forward-facing console seat with bow backrests, a helm seat with bolsters and flip-up armrests, and cushioned bench seats in the U-shaped bow. The integrated command center at the helm, with a SeaDek pad, features Mercury joystick-control docking, built-in Skyhook and autopilot, and a suite of Garmin equipment, including GMR 18xHD radar, a 1,000-watt transducer, 315 VHF, and dual 8612 XSV screens. When the weather changes, a curtain enclosure can be pulled around the entire console for protection. A set of twin Mercury Verado 300 XL DTSs provide 600 total horses to cruise at 35 knots and go flat out at 53 knots.
The dual-console 272DC boasts most of the above features, but also includes an upgraded engine package with a digital throttle system, along with more Garmin helm technology, such as a GPS/chartplotter, a B60 sonar module, and a B60 600-watt transducer. The boat also has an upgraded Fusion Apollo stereo system with a helm remote. At the bow, angular V-shaped bench seating surrounds a circular center table. Aft of the helm, there is wet bar with a sink and pull-out faucet, along with a covered space for 35-quart Yeti Tundra cooler. Portside aft seating for day boating can be hydraulically retracted to provide more room for fishing. The 272DC also comes with a titanium hull color option, along with bow and aft shades with carbon-fiber pole supports. Like the 272CC, the DC model uses identical twin Mercury Verado 300 XLs, but produces a slower cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed of 51 knots.
252CC & DC Models
Specs & Info
LOA 27’5” · Beam 8’10” · Draft 2’11”
140 gal. / 10 gal. / 10 gal.
Twin Mercury Outboards
272CC + DC Models
Specs & Info
LOA 29’5” · Beam 9’4” · Draft 2’10”
180 gal. / 21 gal. / 10 gal.
Twin Mercury Verado 300 XLs
Irwin Yacht Sales