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1999 Shamrock 260 Express - 26'

Year 1999
Length 26ft.
Price USD $23,900
Type: Pre-owned
Location St. Petersburg, FL, United States
Hull Material
Engine type Single
Contact Information
Beam: 8 ft 8 in
Length on Deck: 26 ft 0 in
Max Bridge Clearance: 6 ft 10 in
Dry Weight: 6400 lbs
Engine(s): FORD (Seamaxx)
Engine Model: 5.7L EFI
Year: 1999
Engine(s) HP: 300 HP
Fuel: (120 Gallons)
Water: (20 Gallons)
Hull Shape: Deep Vee

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Hull Shape: Deep Vee
Beam: 8 ft 8 in
Length on Deck: 26 ft 0 in
Minimum Draft: 2 ft 2 in
Bridge Clearance: 6 ft 10 in
Dry Weight: 6400 lbs
Total Power: 300 HP
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: FORD (Seamaxx)
Year Built: 1999
Engine Model: 5.7L EFI
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol
Engine Power: 300 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (20 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (120 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 2

Manufacturer Provided Description

The Shamrock 260 Express has a spacious cabin with a double berth which converts to a dinette with a pedestal table. The deluxe galley comes standard with sink, stove, and refrigerator. The cabin entry has convenient steps and a handy storage compartment beneath. The 260's enclosed head compartment has an opening port window and comes standard with a marine toilet. The cockpit and raised bridge deck are a perfect combination for casual cruising. A big, circulating baitwell and bait prep station with washdown makes rigging quick and convenient. The 260 Express has Shamrock's patented KeelDrive power system. A fully integrated, full-length keel protects the bottom, prop, and rudder. The result is a line of inboard-powered boats that can beach or run shallow without a worry. The keel also enhances the boat's overall stability and tracking, and makes it predictable and seaworthy in heavy seas.


Shamrock Boats was founded in 1971 and, with the exception of a period in 1995 and 1996 when the company fell on some financial hard times and changed ownership, has built boats ever since with only one purpose in mind - fishing.

The Shamrock 260 was introduced in 1980 and, although commonly referred to a 26 footer, the actual centerline length is 25' 9". The design has what is known as a modified "V" hull shape with deep "V" shape forward that gradually flattens towards the transom. The area where the bottom and hull sides meet forms a sharp edge known as a hard chine and there is a full-length skeg keel along the bottom. Flatter sections aft provide better lift and more speed with less horsepower but can cause the boat to pound at high speed in choppy water. The full-length keel aids directional stability and protects running gear but at the cost of speed-robbing additional wetted surface.

Like all boat designs, this one is a compromise but those compromises have been made with plenty of thought and planning to produce a boat with excellent speed and handling characteristics that makes an excellent fishing boat and is trailerable to boot. This 260 model continued in production until the end of the 1999 model year when a new 260 Express model was introduced.

Many manufacturers of boats in this size range build their hulls and liners with machinery called a "chopper gun" that mixes resin with strands of fiberglass that is then sprayed into a mold. Although it is a more time consuming method, all Shamrock 260 hulls decks and component parts were hand-laid using rolled fiberglass materials and resin. The hull is molded in two halves and, depending on the deck and cabin configuration, an additional 15 to 20 individual molds are used to create the parts necessary for the completed vessel. This allows for removable components that provide easy access for replacement of machinery and tanks. It's a more expensive way to build boats but the result can often save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars when repairs become necessary.

When the two halves of the hull are joined, the keel is filled with a mixture of resin, sand and glass fiber resulting in a rock-solid appendage able to withstand substantial impact.

Although not required by regulations for a boat of this size, the Shamrock 260 is constructed with fiberglass encapsulated foam in order to provide positive flotation and the cockpit is self-draining to prevent rain water and sea spray from going into the bilge.

Kind of a signature feature of all Shamrock boats is that they are powered by direct-drive inboard engines rather than the outboard and inboard/outdrive power options offered by other manufacturers of boats in this size range. The weight to horsepower ratio of an inboard engine can't compare to that of a modern outboard. However, inboard engines do offer some distinct advantages. They can be mounted near the center of the boat for better weight distribution and they are mounted lower in the hull for a lower center of gravity. This leads to greater stability and better handling characteristics for the Shamrock 260 which is known for her predictable motion, good lateral and tracking stability and full-length keel that helps dampen roll whether trolling or at rest.

Whether you are already an avid fisherman or you're just considering taking up the sport, the Shamrock 260 is tough to beat.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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