Florida Sportsman Reviews the NauticStar 265XTS

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By Florida Sportsman Magazine Online

The demand for a “Hybrid” boat that is part Flats boat, part Bay boat, or part Bay boat, part Offshore boat continues to grow. The industry has stepped up and offers almost every combination of features you can dream up rolled into a single vessel. A large enough segment of the boating population who know exactly what they need create demand. NauticStar answered the call to build a magnum sized Bay Boat with the classic Bay Boat layout and features, on a hull large enough to handle rough water if necessary. The result of their efforts is the NauticStar 265 XTS (Extreme Tournament Series) a boat that will appeal to the go big, or go home crowd who love inshore fishing.

A benefit of building a Bay boat this large is the added space and storage gained. Beginning with fishing space, this model features elevated casting decks forward and aft that will accommodate several anglers without crowding. Room for more anglers means you’ll need to store more gear. Beneath the forward casting area, you’ll find a pair of matching rod lockers with organizers to stow 10-rods, a 100-quart storage compartment, and a 172-quart insulated fish box which also doubles as dry storage. The side entry head console also offers storage as well as access to helm systems. At the rear casting deck, they’ve included three across flip-up jump seats with two concealing matching tackle storage tray compartments, and a third featuring a bucket storage cutout for cast net storage below it. In the aft corners you’ll find a 137-quart compartment below deck to Port, and a matching hatch to Starboard containing a molded receiver to fit the included 35-quart Yeti cooler.