The Heritage 261 defines a new class of family-focused water-centric all-fun boats. Whether you like spending time on the water, in the water or around the water, the all-new Heritage 261 has you covered. The water-centric views in sandbar mode will captivate your heart and is guaranteed to produce some incredible family memories for years to come. The layout includes deep U-Shaped seating at the bow with an electronically actuated table, edge-to-edge seating at the back for up to 5, dual side entry doors that open 180-degrees, dual transom walkthrough doors that flip to offer aft-facing seating, sandbar cooler accessible from outside the boat, dual boarding ladders, swiveling captain's chairs and so much more. Walking through the features on this boat will have you thinking "they thought of everything."
Dual Side Entry Doors
Single / Twins
Family Fun With A
Thru-Hull Windlass Anchor
Just push a button to retrieve your anchor in immense comfort from the helm making dropping anchor a breeze and saves your arms when it's time to move. This top-quality windlass system is installed thru-hull giving it a great clean look and comes standard with a high-grade stainless steel anchor.
Bow Controls for Anchor
For ease of use and safety, we include foot controls at the bow for launching and retrieving your anchor, making the operation a one-man job. It also makes it very easy to see your anchor, rope and chain as it is getting reeled in. The controls have a plastic cover to prevent any unintentional button presses.
The bow of this boat is designed with entertainment and versatility in mind. Features wrap around seating with adjustable bow backrests, 2 easily accessible large insulated fish boxes, drink holders and speakers to play your favorite tunes.
Actuated Bow Sun Deck / Table
A large electronically actuated table is the center piece. There are 3 main functions for this table. At the top position, it serves as a table. Lower it to the middle position and snap-in the additional cushion for the sun deck function. When not in use, lower it flush to the floor for an obstruction-free deck.
Two large storage boxes at the bow will give you plenty of places to stow away your items. They are both insulated and can be used as fish boxes or coolers.
Bow Center Storage
The wrap around seating on this model allows for an additional storage box at the center. Through this opening you can also gain access to the anchor rode in case there's any tangles in the line.
The included bow bolsters on this boat serve double duty. When the bow cushion bottoms are on, they provide a soft cushion to rest your back but when the boat is set for fishing, they double as knee and leg pads when fighting a fish up front.
Recessed Bow Hand Rails
For safety and convenience, we include a recessed bow hand rail. This flush design sits below the gunwale for an obstruction-free top deck.
Console Front Seat
Comfortable console-front seat with backrest.
Console Front Cooler
Flip the bottom cushion of the console-front seat to reveal an insulated cooler. Conveniently located for those sitting up front.
Fiberglass Hard-Top w/ Built-In Lighting
One of the first things you’ll notice when you look at this model is the over-sized hard-top. This top has all of the amenities you would want built in while still maintaining an elegant and timeless design.
Hard-Top D-tubing Frame Structure
The 4-legged frame swoops seamlessly from the console up to the top and the design gives it immense structural stability. The class-first D-Tubing structure is not cut and welded as typically done, but rather it is bent and extruded out of a single piece of D-Tubing.
Integrated Tempered Glass Windshield w/ Manual Vent
Made out of high-quality tempered glass, the integrated windshield protects the helm of excessive wind and rain while maintaining excellent air flow. The top section opens up manually to let in cool air. The glass is extremely easy to clean and will never fade, yellow or deteriorate.
Matching Hard-Top Underside Color
A popular trend is to have the underside of the hard-top matched to the hull color, this adds additional appeal and ties in the color theme of the boat sides by bringing additional color to the cockpit area.
Anti-Fatigue Helm Pad
Feel all-day comfort with our custom anti-fatigue helm pads. You will notice a difference at the end of the day, your feet will thank you for it. Custom engraved with the Sportsman logo for that extra touch.
Helm Pod Storage Compartment
Under the helm pod, you will find additional storage built into the step providing you ample storage at the helm.
Inside the console, there is a built-in storage area. This enclosed space can be used as a changing room or storage of bulky items.
Electric Porcelain Toilet w/ Discharge
Standard feature on this boat is a freshwater electric porcelain toilet with overboard discharge along with an on-board holding tank. Once the toilet flushes, it gets piped into the holding tank. From there, where legally allowed, a push of a button discharges the tank. Making this a very easy and convenient way of having a fully functional toilet on your boat.
Large Horizontal Window
When designing this space, it was extremely important to bring in plenty of sunlight. To achieve this, a large horizontal window on the starboard side was designed in. This flush glass design allows for the largest opening.
Dedicated Trolling Motor Battery Storage
We have put the extra space inside of the console to good use by designing-in designated trolling motor battery storage. This allows you to have the 3 trolling motor batteries tucked away from the visible console floor.
USB Plug In-Dash & 12V Receptacle
With the ever-growing demand to keep your devices charged, we include two USB plugs at the helm. The 2 included USB plugs are for charging and will keep your devices charged without interfacing with any other device. It also includes a 12 receptacle where you can plug in any cigarette-lighter style plug.
Console Top Storage
Over the top of the console, additional padded storage for small items like cell phones and USB ports.
Considered one of the Four Great Inventions, the compass remains the cornerstone of any navigation system despite our advanced digital displays. Regardless of condition, your compass provides real-time heading and when used in combination with your GPS data, it allows you to optimize fuel efficiency & improve safety. When it gets dark, there's a built-in light inside the compass for night use.
Dash Panel Cover
Protecting your electronics from the blaring sun is a breeze with the included dash panel cover. This custom made cover features the Sportsman logo embroidered and is made out of a tough outdoor fabric that will last for years.
Console Footrest w/ Pads
The console has molded in steps to offer a place to put your feet while the boat is underway. They are topped with custom pads with the Sportsman logo.
When the captain's chairs are in the aft-facing position, the included 65-quart YETI cooler serves as a footrest. For those seating across the back, it also serves as a comfortable footrest.
Access to the battery switches has never been easier. There is a switch for each engine and one for the house. The house isolates all of your electronics, lights, amps and pumps from your engine batteries. All batteries charge simultaneously when the motors are running.
Dedicated Battery Compartment
Inside of the leaning post you'll find a designated battery storage compartment. This sets the batteries center line for even weight distribution keeping them dry and out of the elements. The door is easily removable for routine maintenance.
The aft layout of this boat allows for higher capacity by offering a 4 person edge to edge bench. All cushions are fully removable for easy storage and cleaning.
Aft-Facing Rear Seats & Transom Walk-Through
The outer seats pop out and can be inserted in the other direction. This opens up a world of possibilities at the sandbar and is a great place to enjoy the views. The entire assembly can also be completely removed for an obstruction-free entry way on one or both sides.
Rear Total Access Hatch
The rear Total Access Hatch gives you the ability to have large storage that's still incredibly easy to access. it's the perfect place for your life jackets, extra anchor, safety equipment, scuba gear and anything else you may need. When empty, it offers best-in-class access to your essential pumps and seacocks.
In-Deck Macerated Fish Boxes
On either side of the leaning post, there are insulated and macerated in-deck fish boxes.
Side Entry Doors w/ 180° Swing
Two are certainly better than one, at least when it comes to side doors. The side entry doors are a versatile feature that will quickly become one of your favorites and you'll love the ability to board from either side. Our side entry doors are part of the hull and deck mold. We designed them in this way to guarantee that they have the necessary structural reinforcements needed. Our stringer system supports the door and a large heavy duty hinge hangs the door. Special on this model is the ability to swing the side doors a full 180° swing.
Dual Fuel Fills
When it comes time to fuel up, this model also includes fuel fills on both sides. This allows you to pull up to the gas dock or gas station from either side with ease.
Under Gunwale Rod Racks
Storage for 6 rods is possible with the under gunwale rod racks. Each can accommodate a full length rod and doubles as a great place to store a gaff or net.
Flush Mount Gunwale Rod Holders
This boat includes 4 high-quality Gemlux rod holders flush mounted on the gunwale. Outside of the obvious use of holding fishing rods, you may add any number of available 3rd party accessories designed to be mounted in a rod holder.
Port & Starboard Toe Rail
Located under the gunwale rod racks, the toe rail is designed as a brace point when heeling over the side of the boat to gaff or bring in a fish. You slide your toes under the bar and in conjunction with the bolster cushion, it provides a sturdy brace for your legs, even if the deck is wet or slippery.
For extra added comfort when fishing, the cockpit bolster cushions provide a nice soft surface to push your knees and legs into when reaching into the water or fighting a fish.
Twin Aquarium 16-Gallon Livewells
Talk about the "WOW" factor with this pair of aquarium 16-gallon livewells. The two rear seats hide the lid and can be easily removed for easy access. The livewells are insulated and are sure to meet the needs when the time comes. They can also double as coolers for drinks and food. They can be operated together or separate with the pressure selector valve inside.
Trim Tabs w/ LED Indicator
The electromechanical trim tab systems included with the boat features a recessed installation that keeps your trim tabs tucked inside the hull for easier boarding from the rear and self retracting capabilities. When the key switch is turned off, the tabs will automatically retract completely. The LED Indicator feature shows you exactly where the tabs are positioned at the helm control.
Telescoping Ski Tow Bar
For this model, we have a built-in ski tow bar system that easily stows away when not in use. The entire system is designed-in and ties into a dedicated pod built into the stringer system for the strongest mounting point. This standard feature allows for many different on-water uses including skiing, towing a tube or pulling a wakeboard.
Twin Boarding Ladders
When it comes to re-boarding, you've got plenty of choices including telescoping ladders on both sides of the boat. This feature will sure come in handy at the sandbar. The ladders stows away recessed into the deck.
When it comes to refreshments, quick & convenient access is key. We have you covered in this area with a built-in sandbar cooler. This insulated cooler box can easily be accessed from outside of the boat and keep the family hydrated all day.
Sandbar Stern Anchor
Every avid weekend sandbar goer knows that setting the boat at the perfect angle is key to a successful outing. We've included a stern anchor compartment to make that task a breeze. The boat even comes standard with the proper anchor, rope and chain to get the job done from day 1. This is a must-have feature for any sandbar outing.
Freshwater Washdown w/ Tank
Standard with a freshwater washdown with a 20-gallon tank. Common uses include hosing down the deck, cleaning up the floor after you reel in a big fish or rinsing off yourself after a day at the sandbar. It's a great creature comfort you will quickly get accustomed to.
Raw Water Washdown
With its unlimited supply, it is the perfect companion for the freshwater washdown. This system pumps outside water to a water outlet where you can screw in a regular hose.
Built out of an anodized aluminum housing, these high quality LED underwater lights are a great feature for this model. The Lumitec underwater lights have a measured output of nearly 900 lumens, giving you plenty of blue glow behind your Sportsman. This boat comes equipped with 2 of them at the transom.
Adds a strong protective and durable coating to the metals on the boat and is offered in White or Black to match the boat's color scheme.
Light Hull Color
We have two groups of colors, light and dark. A light color is included standard on this boat. You have the choice of one solid full hull color or a side and bottom color. View All Color Options
Interior LED Lighting Package
When the sun goes down, the cockpit comes to life. The included lighting package is as beautiful as it is functional, a blue glow covers every inch of the cockpit for safety and aesthetics.
Pull Up Cleats
High quality Gemlux pull-up cleats are standard throughout the boat. They offer a flush installation and very smooth operation.
Self Bailing Cockpit
This important safety feature allows any water on the deck to drain overboard and not into the bilge area. Any water that seeps into the bilge, can only be pumped out by the bilge pump, which is slow at draining large amounts of water. All Sportsman Boats have a collector box drainage system that ties in all drains from the deck and redirects the water directly overboard without mechanical assistance.
Grip Tex Yacht Style Non-Skid
This texture is applied to the deck and step areas for a uniform random non-skid coat. This type of non-skid is not patterned and is easy to repair should it ever get chipped or damaged.
High Speed Livewell Pick Up
As the name suggests, high speed pick ups ensure that your livewell is receiving a consistent water supply even at high speeds. The scoop shape design directs water into the intake and reduce air locks at high speeds. Additionally, the strainer design on the scoop provides filtering of large debris.
SportTech® Advanced Fabrication Process
Our SportTech® hulls feature a no wood, all fiberglass construction,
meticulously engineered to withstand the test of time and built using advanced composite materials, resins and
bonding agents. The hulls are crafted with vinyl ester resin for its ultimate weatherability and resistance to water
intrusion, a 10-Year Limited Hull Warranty is standard on all
Take a look Behind The Glass for an in-depth look at the construction of our boats.
Yacht & NMMA Certified
Yacht Certification means that our boats are built to the highest standards set by the American Boats & Yacht Council (ABYC) in all areas of construction. This means a safer and higher quality vessel for you and your family. This certification also means that there is no written person capacity for this boat. Learn more about the NMMA Certification process.