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1997 Shamrock 260 Express

** SOLD **

  • $24,500 USD
  • Sold
  • Used
  • Multi Species Fish Boats
  • 1997
  • Shamrock
  • 260 Express
  • Orange Beach, Alabama, US
  • Power
  • 26ft / 7.92 m
  • 8ft 8in / 2.64 m
  • Pcm Sea Maxx
  • 5.7 Ho
  • Inboard
  • Unleaded
  • Fiberglass
  • 2015-05-15
  • 2015-09-04
  • 1850153

This roomy, well maintained Shamrock 260 Express is a favorite fishing/cruising boat for offshore as well as shoreline.  She turns heads whether you are headed offshore for a day of Bluewater fishing or just up the intracoastal waterway with family and friends to your favorite waterside cafe  Its large bridge deck with helm and lounge-style seating overlooks a large cockpit designed for fishing.  Below deck you will find a well-appointed cabin with sufficient room to overnight in comfort and convenience.  

Features - New Outriggers - Full Bimini Top, Bridge Enclosure & Cockpit Cover - Depth Sounder, Fish Finder, GPS & VHF Radio - Pressure Water System - Refrigerator (AC/DC - 0.6 CU) - Hydraulic Steering - Fresh Water Cooling - Spotlight w/Remote - Hydraulic Trim Tabs - 22 Gallon Bait Tank - Six Drawer Storage Tackle Center - Transom Live Well & Bar/Console 

***Boathouse Protected Since Purchase - Single Owner***


Roomy cabin that seats 6, sleeps 2, has 5 opening ports. Galley equipped with refrigerator/freezer, stove and pressurized water sink. Enclosed private head. Bimini top with full enclosure canvas and mooring cover canvas.

  • Lockable Cabin
  • V-Berth
  • Enclosed Private Head
  • Pressurized Water
  • Galley Sink
  • 12v Refrigerator With Freezer
  • Danforth Anchor, Chain & Rope
  • Bow Pulpit With Roller
  • Stainless Steel Bow Rail
  • Swim Platform
  • Rope Locker Door Drains Overboard
  • Windshield Wipers
  • 5 Deck Cleats
  • 2 Chrome Plated Hawse pipes
  • Navigation Lights


  • Lowrance Lms350a Gps/Fishfinder/Depth Sounder
  • Standard Horizon Vhf
  • 5" Ritchie Compass


Fully equipped for fishing offshore or closer to home. 

  • Fresh Water Outside Shower
  • 25 Gal. Recirculating Livewell
  • Cockpit Storage Well
  • Tackle Storage
  • 2 Fishboxes
  • Bait Prep Station
  • 4 Rod Deck Mounted Holders
  • 4 Rod Storage Rack Under Gunwale
  • Cockpit Coaming Boosters
  • Self-Bailing Cockpit
  • Salt Water Washdown Station


  • Fuel/Water Separator With Filter
  • Fresh Water Cooled
  • Keel Drive
  • Water Lift Mufflers
  • Trim Tabs
  • 2 Automatic Bilge Pumps
  • Shorepower With 50' Cord
  • AC Panel
  • DC Panel
  • Battery Charger
  • 2 Batteries
  • Dual Battery Switch

Shamrock History

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. 

Fuel tank is coated with a zinc chromate primer to help prevent corrosion from exposure to bilge water and marine quality stainless steel and bronze fittings and fastenings are used throughout.

 According to Jack Cooper, owner of the nation’s oldest Shamrock dealership, Tidewater Yacht Sales in St. Michaels, MD, this carefully, hand crafted construction added several hundred hours of construction time to each boat. Cooper speculates the added cost was the primary reason the model was dropped from the company's production and replaced with a less labor-intensive model. 

Of the half-dozen or so brochures I have from mid-1970 through the mid-1990s I count no fewer than eight cockpit and cabin configurations offered on the Shamrock 260 over the years. With model names like the Stalker, Predator and Reefrunner, it is pretty clear these were all intended to be fishing boats, although some have minimal accommodations and slight styling differences to suit the personal taste and needs of owners. My personal favorite is the Open Fish which, as the name suggest, is a simple open boat with a center console.

There is a bench seat at the forward end of the console, two pedestal-mounted seats aft of the console and a 16-gallon live bait well at the transom. 

Other models featured a lockable cabin forward with enclosed head and V-berth that will sleep two in a pinch. For the fisherman who wants to extend his or her fishing day or season, there is the Mackinaw 260 that, in addition to the V-berth and head, has a fully enclosed helm under a hard top with permanent forward and side windows. The windows open for ventilation on those hot summer days. 

All Shamrock 260s were fitted with two 12-volt batteries and battery control switch. There are individually fused circuits and weatherproof switches for navigation lights, cockpit lights and two bilge pumps as well as spare switches for the addition of equipment. 

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. 

Standard power on nearly all Shamrock 260s was a single Pleasure Craft Marine gasoline engine rated at 250 hp. In the early years of production, a 200 hp. Perkins diesel engine was offered as an option. Later models were offered with either a 210 hp. Cummins or 170 hp. Yanmar diesel engine options. Even with these rather conservative power options, the speed of the 260 is quite respectable. With the gas engine, cruising speed is about 24 mph while the diesel option improves the cruising speed to about 27 mph. Top speed is slightly over 30 mph regardless of gas or diesel power. 

Diesel powered models offer significantly improved fuel economy and range over gasoline power models. For example, the 170 hp. Yanmar-equipped 260 consumes approximately six gallons of fuel per hour at a cruising speed of 27 mph while the 250 hp. gasoline engine consumes about nine gallons of fuel per hour at a cruising speed of about 24 mph. Even more impressive is the fact that, for every 100 gallons of fuel, range increases by 184 miles with the diesel-powered boat.

All this economy and range doesn't come without a cost though. The initial cost of the diesel engine option increased the cost of a new Shamrock 260 by more than $10,000. Repair, rebuilding and replacement cost of a diesel engine can also be significantly higher than that of a comparable gas engine. 

Throughout their history Shamrock has remained a relatively small boat builder. Total production of all models is in the range of 200 boats per year. Tidewater's Jack Cooper estimates that 260 models accounted for perhaps 30% of the company's production in some years and less in others. Still, with over 20 years of production, there are enough boats to keep the used boat market reasonably well supplied. 

Shamrock Boats has a reputation for building no-nonsense quality fishing boats for work or play and the 260 is an excellent example of their product. Its size is well suited to bays and tributaries as well as coastal waters. With caution, planning and good seamanship, she is even capable of venturing reasonable distances offshore in search of fish. 

Whether you are already an avid fisherman or you're just considering taking up the sport, the Shamrock 260 is tough to beat. With the price of new fishing boats of the size and quality of the 260 ranging between $110,000 and $115,000, a used Shamrock 260 is worthy of serious consideration. The stripers are waiting.

Mechanical Disclaimer

* Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters.  The broker cannot guarantee the true hours.  It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.



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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