Sportfishing 2011

By admin ~ June 30th, 2011. Filed under: Features.

On Target

These 18 new fishing boats will let

you hunt everything from marlin to mahi.

By Jeanne M. Craig and Louisa Beckett

Sea Force IX Under construction at the Sea Force IX yard on Florida’s Gulf Coast is the majestic new 94.5 Luxury Performance Sport Fish Yacht. It has all of the features of the builder’s 91.5 Series yachts—plus an additional three feet of length in the cockpit and leisure deck area, which multiplies the living and angling space exponentially. A focal point of the interior layout is the “Full Beam Master” stateroom; three more ensuite staterooms lie forward. The split-level main deck has a galley/dining deck forward and saloon aft. Above, the bridge deck doubles as a skylounge. The 94’8″ yacht is powered by the new 2,600-horsepower MTU 16V 2000M94 diesels. Price: Inquire.

Bertram Florida boat builder Bertram Yacht just celebrated its 50th anniversary (see page 62), and its original 54-foot sportfisher was one of its most popular models for nearly 30 of those years. The recently introduced Bertram 540 is an updated version of this classic convertible. Its exterior lines are sleeker, with a more fluid sheerline than its ancestor, thanks in part to the design influence of Bertram’s Italian parent company, the Ferretti Group. The light and open saloon benefits from large side windows, a new aft door and an electronic pass-through to the cockpit. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the boat’s 57’1″ Bertram hull and the smooth ride it delivers. Maximum speed with optional Cat C-32s tops 40 knots. Base Price: Inquire.

Riviera To design this new 59’8″ sportfish/cruiser, Riviera spent two years consulting with boat owners around the world. Their input enabled the Australian builder to produce a boat that’s distinctive from the others in its stable. For instance, it’s the first boat in Riviera’s 50-foot range with a full-beam master stateroom, and the first in its size class to offer an enclosed flybridge (this one has seating for up to 10 people). The 53 also was designed around fuel-efficient pod-drive propulsion. The company reports a top speed near 35 knots and a cruise speed between 25 and 28 knots. Base price: $1,683,700 with triple 435-hp Volvo IPS 600s.

Maritimo  This Australian builder says it had a few goals in mind when designing the new three-cabin 4400 Offshore Convertible, which made its public debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in Queensland, Australia, in May. Most important, the company wanted to offer a three-sided flybridge enclosure because this feature is rarely found on boats under 50 feet. Maritimo also strove to make access to the bridge very convenient, and achieved that goal with the addition of an internal teak staircase. This 48’7″ convertible with its 15’4″ beam is offered with both Volvo IPS pod drives and conventional shaft-driven Cummins turbo diesels. Price: Inquire.

Contender Homestead, Florida-based Contender Boats has been busy introducing new models lately. Last fall, the sportfishing specialist launched the 39ST, the largest offering in its dual stepped-hull ST series. According to Contender, the dual stepped-hull improves the boat’s operating efficiencies by an average of 18 percent—something that anglers impacted by the recent increase in fuel prices can appreciate. Power options include dual or triple Yamaha F300s or F350s; depending on the power selected, range is in excess of 500 miles. Owners with families will appreciate the larger side-entry console and freshwater shower option. Price: Inquire.

Jupiter The offshore-ready Jupiter 38 Cuddy is based on a hull designed by naval architect Donald Blount that runs fast in rough water. With a pair of 350-hp Yamaha V-8 outboards, the boat cruises at 35 miles per hour and top-end speed is near 50 miles per hour. This 38-footer with a 10’7″ beam boasts Jupiter’s usual high level of fit and finish, plus clever features such as the mezzanine seat located over a livewell. The boat is offered with interesting options too, including a custom sunshade that extends aft over the cockpit. The cuddy cabin sleeps two and has a private head with shower. Base price: $299,000.

Bahama Boat Works Florida builder Bahama Boat Works has added a new model to its line, which also includes the Bahama 31 and  41. Equally suited to offshore angling and serving as a tow-behind tender, the new Bahama 37 is distinguished by its sleek console and its hardtop, which is extended for better shade. Rigged for serious fishing, the 37 features a huge cockpit; 60-gallon transom livewell; two seven-foot, self-draining fish boxes, and a sink that can be used as a bait freezer. The boat’s 11-foot beam makes it a highly stable trolling platform. Base price: $315,000 with triple Yamaha 300 outboards.

Willis Anglers who love the way a wood boat rides will want to check out the 37-foot sportisher recently launched by Willis Marine in Stuart, Florida. The result of a collaboration between builder Mark Willis and designer Robert Ullberg, the Willis 37 Walkaround has a cold-molded, triple-planked okoume plywood hull handcrafted in the traditional fashion, and a deck and superstructure laid up with modern composite. Construction took just 12 months thanks to Willis Marine’s expert use of CNC technology. “The end result is a vessel that blends the line between old school and modern,” Robert says. As with all boats built by Willis, the 37 is a completely custom boat. Price: Inquire.

Albemarle The express-style 360 has been in the Albemarle line for a few years now, but recently its running surfaces were completely redesigned and retooled to accommodate Volvo’s IPS pod drives. The new Albemarle  360 XF IPS, with an LOA of 37’9″ and a 13’11″ beam, boasts nearly 30 percent better fuel efficiency than the original boat, along with faster acceleration, smoother maneuvering and quieter operation—that’s because the exhaust exits underwater forward of the transom. Speeds are improved, too. The 36 will run about 40 miles per hour at wide-open throttle and cruise near 30 miles per hour while burning just 27 gallons per hour. Base price: $515,995 with twin Volvo IPS 600s.

Bonadeo Boatworks  Kevlar, carbon fiber, vinylester-infused E-glass composite, vacuum construction—the new 36 Walkaround from Bonadeo Boatworks in Stuart, Florida, has it all. With an overall length of 36’8″ and a beam of 10 feet, the 36 WA is designed to slice cleanly through rough seas. Top end ranges up to 60 miles per hour with triple motors. A leaning post with built-in livewell, custom tackle center, and cambered decks are standard. The cabin holds a comfortable queen berth and a head. A genset and 6,000-BTU air conditioning are optional, as are teak decks and combing boards. Price: Inquire.

Deep Impact Miami builder Deep Impact teamed up with the Monster Energy Fishing Team to design the new 360 Tournament Edition that the team is now campaigning on the 2011 Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) Tournament Trail. Billed as the “center console of the future”, it is the first boat of its type to have an icemaker, designed by Dometic and Cruisair. But you don’t have to be a pro angler to appreciate the lines and performance of the Deep Impact 360 TE. The boat, which comes standard with a 9’6″ powder-coated hardtop, 15-foot Grand Slam telescopic outriggers, double transom livewell, and much more, is also fully customizable. Price: Inquire

Boston Whaler Following the successful launch of the 345 Conquest, Boston Whaler has unveiled a new Open version. The large, solidly framed windshield is the same on both models, but on the 345 Conquest Open, it has a central, rotating vent and the side windows taper back into wings, letting in more sea breeze. Thanks to the open-air feel, the new boat doubles as a family express cruiser. Within its 11’8″ beam, the interior holds a fully equipped galley—complete with dedicated racks for plates and glasses—large forward berth, mid-berth and convertible saloon settee. Power options range up to 550 horsepower. the optional marlin tower is a great new feature. Price: Inquire.

Intrepid For years, the Intrepid 323 was the best-selling open boat produced by this Florida builder, so when the time came to evolve the design, the company knew the replacement model would have to be very special. Intrepid tooled up a new hull with a single step and aft-ventilated stern section that could accommodate the more powerful outboards on the market, yet still offer the ride and control that made the 323 famous. That running surface supports the new 327, which boasts forward and aft deck areas that are larger than on its predecessor. The LOA is 32’7″ and beam measures 9’10″. Price: $184,000 with twin 300-hp Mercury Verados.

Brooks Boatworks Volvo IPS After turning heads with the debut of its new 34 SFX last fall (see January, 2010), North Carolina builder Brooks Boatworks recently launched an innovative IPS version of the boat. The 34’s hullform and running surface, designed by noted naval architect Ward Setzer, give it an exceptionally smooth ride. Now, equipped with twin Volvo IPS350 diesels and pod drives, the boat is demonstrating thrifty fuel comsumption, burning 25 gallons per hour at a top end speed of 37.7 knots and just 12.8 gallons per hour at an optimum efficiency cruising speed of 26 knots, according to company figures. Price: Inquire.

Tiara When Tiara dreamed up its Open series, the Michigan builder’s mission was to create a line of boats that could cruise or fish or do both, depending upon how the owner chose to equip a particular model. Last fall, Tiara introduced a new 3100 Open set up for serious cruising. More recently, a dedicated fishing version came off the line complete with all the things an angler might need, including live well, mezzanine seating, fish boxes and a tournament-style hardtop with spreader and courtesy lighting. This 33-footer has a 12’6″ beam, 210-gallon fuel capacity and a displacement of just over 13,000 pounds. Price: $350,000 w/330-hp Cummins QSB5.9 diesels.

North Rip Last month, New England boat builder North Rip, which established its brand with the North Rip 21 last fall (see June, 2011), launched a larger, 29-foot center console model. Built utilizing the SCRIMP construction technology, the North Rip 29 is designed for offshore adventures, offering a soft, dry ride thanks to its flared “Carolina” bow, narrow, 9’9″ beam and sharp deep-V hull, which measures 22.5 degrees at transom. Fishing features include biggest-in-class fish boxes, leaning post, cambered deck, and gunwales designed to let anglers brace themselves while they have a fish on. A Tournament livewell system with sea chest is optional. Price: Inquire.

Scout This popular dual-console family fisherman was recently redesigned. A trailerable (8’4″-beam) model with an LOA of 20’10″, the Scout has a brand-new deck with a bench arrangement aft that succeeds in creating more open space in which anglers can maneuver. There’s also more seating in the bow, which surrounds a clever folding table. Standard features include both port and starboard transom swim platforms and a removable stern seat/wave gate that will come in handy when working lines around the cockpit. Power options range from a single 150-hp Yamaha up to a 225-hp outboard. Price: $47,599 with standard power.

EdgeWater Florida builder EdgeWater Boats expands its line of shallow-draft inshore boats with this 19’6″ long, trailerable (8’6″ beam) 190 Inshore model. Based on an all-composite hull constructed with no wood, the 190 with its 13-inch draft is great for backwater fishing, yet it’s strong enough for coastal runs. Among the fishing features found onboard are two baitwells in the self-bailing cockpit, two fish boxes, a leaning post with 72-quart cooler, raw-water washdown and a pair of cockpit seats that drop down to form a casting deck. This outboard-powered model with a 52-gallon fuel tank is pre-rigged for Yamahas and rated for up to 150 hp. Price: Inquire.

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