I stood at the transom of the Polar 2700 Walkaround, rod in hand, fighting a small sand shark. Without warning, a giant creature rose from the depths and swallowed my shark whole. It was a goliath grouper. Suddenly, my exciting but manageable fight turned into mayhem. Thankfully, the 2700 WA is equipped to handle just such a fight.
I eased along the portside walkaround to the bow, then came back to the cockpit from starboard. The 2700 WA's walking space was wide enough to handle my maneuvering, though the captain's seat and optional hardtop made for an awkward cockpit reentry. Once safely in the cockpit, I comfortably battled this massive fish with my feet secured in the stainless-steel toerail and my thighs pressed against the coaming bolster. That is, until the goliath grew annoyed and spit out the shark - whole.
With a 9'6" beam, the 2700 WA is roomier than most similarly sized walkarounds. But that extra width means you need a permit to trailer it. The 2700 WA includes enough fishing features to satisfy the hardcore angler. For instance, its 50-gallon livewell has a red light so you can bait hooks after dark without ruining your night vision. The insulated, macerated, insole fishboxes are big enough to keep the successful fisherman happy. The dash can handle a full electronics suite. What's not to like? The high transom bait prep station, combined with the engine mounts, makes it harder to clear the props when frantically fighting fish astern.
Belowdecks, the 6'5"-tall cabin has enough amenities to keep the crew happy. It sleeps two on the V-berth and two on Pullman berths just above. The galley features a stove, microwave, fridge, and freshwater sink. The glass-lined head has 6'5" of headroom, minimizing belowdecks claustrophobia. The wide beam makes the 2700 WA a stable platform for reef fishing or trolling. Underway, its bulk makes for good seakeeping abilities, with minimal pounding and rattling. The twin 150-hp outboards did fine with a crew of four and full gear, but twin 200s will add a little more giddyup.