Banks Panga has been working closely with Imemsa in a combined effort to design a new fully finished panga for the American market - the beautifully finished IM 28A with all the options you are accustomed to built into a panga design. Many crucial regulatory and functional design improvements have been made to meet the demands of Banks Panga and the American customer and we are proud to offer the very first one for sale here in the USA.
Pangas unique ride is due to a pad keel which starts at the stern at its widest point and tapers to the bow. This is one of the reasons why it requires so little horsepower for this size boat. The self bailing IM 28A has a maximum of 300 HP. The panga has become the ultimate choice for replacing two boats with one. Comfortably fish tunas and mahi offshore or run skinny for bone fish and drum.
The key features of the Banks Panga IM 28A design are reverse chines, high bow and a beam of 7’7” along with the traditional panga delta pad keel design which widens from bow to stern. The high bow and gunwale provide buoyancy and elevation for casting and retrieval of carrying heavy loads and minimizes spray coming on board. She only draws around 11 inches and typically is outfitted with a hydraulic jack plate to take advantage of its shallow draft.
200 - 300 hp
Top Speed (250hp)
47 mph (1 person, 50 gallons fuel)
Best cruise 26 mph - 3.6 mpg
(1 person, 50 gallons fuel)
*Available inventory and options may change
Sufficiently recessed fwd and aft seatings are an option that many bay boats are lacking, but you will love the perfectly recessed seating option of the Panga which allows for family and friends to safely lounge up forward and back aft while running full speed. The bow has U-shaped seating with an optional table in between them to create a huge casting platform / sun lounge deck. Or you can have a permanent deck instead which increases your self bailing fish / storage box size dramatically. Stainless steel railings for your protection are an option with either design. If you are just out cruising, it has a huge and comfortable sun lounge deck with custom made cushions and removable backrests throughout. The design of the bow seating has many advantages with safety being at the top of the list.
The aft bench seating has quick release removable backrest options leaving a clean stern for fishing when removed or for easily storing when not in use which is the key to making your cushions last. The helm seat backrest has quick release folding arms for easy removal and storage. To help increase their life, all cushions on the Banks Panga IM 28A are removable.
The large helm station includes both forward and aft facing seating. The aft facing seating of the helm center brings together the cockpit area with the transom bench seating making it an exquisite socializing area with family friends all sitting around. In the middle of this space there is an option for a beautiful drop leaf removable table and two additional removable pedestal seats for socializing or fishing.
The IM 28A has an incredible amount of storage starting with the helm center which has three different storage compartments one of which doubles as an insulated cooler. The second one is easily accessible from two hatches on the port and starboard side, while the third one is accessible from another hatch on the back of seat.
An oversized center console with large access door allows ample space for more storage or to climb inside and use an optional toilet in comfort. This area also serves as an easy access to your electronics through removable panels. Under the steering of the console there’s access to another storage area and electrical components. There also are not one but two electronics boxes for additional dry storage under the custom hard top.
In the bow a large self bailing anchor locker storage exists with notched hatch lids for flush closing of hatch while on anchor. The bow casting platform / sun lounge has two massive self bailing storage / fish boxes which drain directly overboard without the need for troublesome pumps. The access doors are large with hydraulic arms for easy stowing and removing of large objects. Another choice is the U-shaped seating which has storage underneath all the seats with optional table in the middle. Either design includes self bailing drains overboard to keep your storage area dry and maintenance free without the need for pumps.
There are two separate storage areas under the aft transom bench seating. On the starboard side there’s a removable fiberglass storage box which gives an easy access to the bilge, rigging and pumps. Another storage area on the port side is the live bait well with rounded corners and blue gel coat color for longer bait life along with a clear lid and wired led light for easy viewing. Watertight hatches also exist in the engine well for more accessibility to the bilge for easy maintenance.
The Banks Panga IM 28A T-tops have multiple options and are of highest quality and strength using oversized 2" aluminum. All tops are a 100% welded piece. They are custom fit for the boat and console then mounted to both the deck and console in eight locations. It can include hard tops or canvas soft tops with electronics boxes and welded tabs for anything from led lights to outriggers.
Choose from array colors for the soft top and over 6,000 colors for powder coating the aluminum T-top. T- tops will be pre-drilled for running wires so no need to worry about future electronics installations. Friction doors for the electronic box will also provide easy access. All tops come with four rocket launchers and anchor light as standard, but we can customize them or design new ones to suit your needs.
Banks Pangas are usually rigged out with a Yamaha or Suzuki 4 stroke with a range of sizes to fit the customers’ needs. Hydraulic steering, hydraulic jack plates and digital multi function controls with fuel management systems to show off its superior efficiency are common options.
All engines are warranted through registered Yamaha and Suzuki dealers and may include specials for up to 6 years. Best engine ranges for IM 28A are 200 hp to 300 hp.
Garmin Charplotter Echomap plus 94sv touch screen 9” with keyed-assist, CHIRP Sonar, CHIRP ClearVu and CHIRP SideVu, detailed Bluechart g3 coastal, WiFi, quick draw contours, record and rewind, Panoptix Live Scope ready, NMEA 2000 network ready. View all this data including accepting text messages, emails and even phone calls right on your Echomap plus display with a NMEA network.
This with the ability to access and update your charts with ActiveCaptain App, plan and save waypoints and routes between the app and your plotter at home or on board. Even add autopilot and engine data to the networked Garmin display if desired. Customize your electronics with any size screen or Simrad products. Banks Panga's different console models all provide ample space for flush mounting the electronics you desire.
Complete Feature List
All composite fiberglass hull and deck, zero wood exists in this boat
Bilge pump(s) plumbed, installed and wired
Live bait well pump plumbed, installed and wired, fresh water wash down, raw water wash down
Option for self-bailing cockpit
316 Stainless steel fittings
Built in navigation lights including all around white light
Battery selector switch
Casting deck / sun lounge with safety recessed seating fwd and aft
Cleats – standard 316 stainless steel or flush mount pull up 316 stainless steel
Aft telescoping swim ladder / platform options
Rod holders 316 stainless steel: 6 in gunwale, 6 on T-top, 4 in back rocket launcher seating, 4 in rod racks (20 total)
Rod, gaff, brush racks port and stbd gunnels
High density rub rail
Seating-aft bench recessed safety seating with removable arm backrest for easier storage including custom cushions throughout
Seating-fwd sun lounge recessed safety seating with custom cushions and removable backrests throughout
Seating options-helm center forward and aft facing seating
Stern eyes-heavy duty 316 stainless steel designed for lifting the boat
Storage - aft transom bench seating removable storage bin for easy access to bilge and live bait well storage compartment with clear lid and led lights for easy viewing. Live bait well has rounded corners and blue color for extended fish life
Storage - center console large walk in storage and additional storage under the steering
Storage - option for multiple electronics boxes / dry storage mounted in T-top, as well as storage net
Storage - helm seating provides 3 separate storage areas including an insulated cooler
Storage - fwd sun lounge casting deck large fish boxes / dry storage with oversize doors / hydraulic arms
Storage - fwd anchor locker w/rode storage
T-top – stainless steel or heavy-duty oversized 2” brushed aluminum with fiberglass electronics box, storage net, all around white light, welded spreader light/accessory tabs, engineered for soft top or hard top installation, pre-drilled holes for wiring, 6 welded rod holders with outer ones angled for fishing, powder coated to your choice of color, optional hardtop with dual electronics boxes and molded speaker pods
Cobia tower with dual steering stations and upper seat with cushions and backrest
Steering wheel 316 stainless steel w/knob
Scratch resistant windshield
Hydraulic Jackplate - with internally mounted pump and pre-drilled side mounts for future installation of power poles. Pro tap steering wheel lever for easy operation while driving. Trouble free dual polymer lifting rods with no greasing required
Minn Kota Riptide Terrova 112 w/ I Pilot 36v-112lb-72" trolling motor w/ quick release mount, 3 battery system w/ charger under console w/ thru console charger plug
Power Pole options
Easy removable tow bar for pulling skiers
High-pressure raw and fresh water washdown
Other options not listed can be added
Customize your Panga how you like with bigger console, live bait wells, faux teak flooring, accessories etc.
If you would like to have the shallow draft of your bay boat and skiff yet add more of the offshore capability of a deeper V, than the Panga is the all in one choice. Is your wallet as efficient as your Panga? Buy one and it will be. Contact Banks Panga today to discuss your build or inquire about inventory. Call us directly at 252.228.9825 or Submit a Request.