Best Sport Fishing Yachts, Luxury Fishing Boats
The best sport fishing yachts combine rugged blue water construction with performance, range, nimble handling and the comforts of luxury yacht living. These boats are meant to hunt gamefish worthy of Hemingway on all oceans. Here are 12 of the best sport fishing yachts from some of the most popular fishing yacht brands.
Bertram 61 convertible
The Bertram 61 convertible has 188 square feet of space in the back for his battle chair and fighter. There is also a 100 gallon livewell in the transom which is accompanied by twin fish boxes in the sole. Rod stowage is to port and to starboard. On the flybridge of the 61C, there are aft-facing semi-circular seats forward of the port helm station. There are three en-suite cabins below deck, including a full-beam master amidships, a VIP queen-size cabin forward and a twin-bed cabin starboard. Two 1,925 hp Caterpillar C32A diesel engines propel the 61C to a leap of 44 knots.
The Hatteras GT45X is a flybridge model of the Hatteras 45 Express Sportfish, and it can come with a half tower or a full tower. On the flybridge there is also a captain’s seat and a co-pilot’s seat. Two bench seats on the flybridge also have rod and regular stowage below.
Hatteras GT65 Carolina
With 194 square feet of cockpit space, there’s more than enough room for a combat fisherman to swivel and maneuver in the Hatteras GT65 Carolina’s combat chair/rocket launcher combination. There are mezzanine seats on the port side with air conditioning, and there is a stainless steel freezer under the seat. To starboard there is a tackle center with a prep station and eight drawers with stainless steel bottoms and holes for ventilation and drainage. Two 1,800 hp Caterpillar C32 Acert diesel engines propel the GT65 Carolina to a whopping 33.3 knots.
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Viking 54 Convertible
The cockpit of the Viking 54 Convertible measures 154 square feet and it comes with a support plate for a combat chair. Mezzanine seating is one level above the cockpit, and there is a freezer and insulated storage below these seats, with a tackle cabinet to starboard. The 54C is a luxury fishing boat, with a three-cabin configuration and two heads below decks. The living room has a headroom of 6ft 4in and the kitchen is equipped to accommodate a traveling tournament team: there are four Sub-Zero fridge-freezer drawers, a Samsung microwave in the cabinet, a hob Miele four-burner electric, a stainless steel sink and additional cabinetry above and below. Two 1,550 hp MAN diesels propel the 54C to a leap of 41 knots.
Huckins 45 Sport Fisherman
As she had done hundreds, if not thousands of times before, Cindy Purcell pushed the throttle on a custom-built Huckins, this one the new 45 Sportfisherman called Wombat. The 45 SF, built for a South Florida angler, is more than a fishing machine – so much more. Standing next to Purcell and watching the ground speed numbers increase on the multi-information display as the boat came cleanly and smoothly out of the hole without crouching, I marveled at the feeling of power and acceleration delivered by twin 480 horsepower Cummins diesel engines. We were gliding on a light wind on the St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida, home to one of the oldest custom boat builders in the United States that still produces fine yachts under the name of its founder, Frank Pembroke. Huckins. To see the rest of this full feature, click here.
Would you like something a little smaller for your sport fishing needs? Hatteras has just introduced a 45 Express. Equipped with a tuna tower, outriggers, cockpit mount for chair/rocket launcher/leaning pole, tackle center and a loft seat to watch the bait, the 45EX is rigged as a serious competitor. It is powered by two 1150 horsepower Cat C18 ACERT diesel engines and it reaches speeds in excess of 40 knots (1015 horsepower Cat C18s are also available). Our sea trial of the 45EX showed impressive handling, with the boat leaning moderately into turns without bogging down on the propellers. Hatteras uses a custom-designed soundproofing system to reduce noise and vibration. Its interior is all in luxury thanks to a wooden floor, leather seats, a complete kitchen and a forward cabin. On deck are two helm seats, an under counter fridge and ice maker, an L-shaped sofa and a table. An integrated hardtop allows for a one-piece windshield, which maximizes visibility in tandem with the large side windows. Install sheer curtains on the deck deck aft and you have a sport fisherman for all seasons. Options include bow thruster, extra cabin, teak, oil change system and more. It’s a la carte order. Just tick your must-have boxes, fire it up, and go fishing. — TS
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Gamefisherman Explorer 130
The US Navy defines a boat as any model that can fit aboard a ship. By this logic, a ship is any ship that can carry a boat, which should qualify the Gamefisherman Explorer 130 as a ship. To learn more about this monster ship, click here. To see more images of this goliath, click here.
Frank Rodriguez and I have both been salivating to see the new Viking 92 since the middle of 2013. I’ve been excited since the day I saw the gigantic sport fisherman begin construction, stretching beyond sight of my eyes with prop tunnels so large that when a worker lay down inside to take a break, there was room for at least one more. Rodriguez didn’t need the in-person awe I felt at the shipyard. He’s a longtime Viking owner who saw the render on a piece of paper and, based on that alone, knew he had to have it. “When my yacht broker and friend Dave Berard emailed me a year and a half ago with the artist rendering of the 92, I printed it out, hung it on my bathroom mirror and I I told my wife, ‘That’s what we’re going to ride into the sunset with,’” Rodriguez explains. To read the rest of the full feature, click here.
Viking 55 Convertible
The proud bow of Viking’s 55 Convertible pierced the outer edge of Atlantic City, Absecon Inlet, New Jersey, and entered an almost flat, calm ocean. She was pointing east and I got the sense that this sport fisherman wanted to immediately swoop out to the distant canyons in search of novel worthy pelagics that could easily cover his 17ft 9in beam. I know that’s what I wanted her to do. After all, this ship is called Business (Hull #1) and creating big game boats is this builder’s raison d’être. To learn more about this beast, click here.
Bayliss Uno Mas
While products from builders with a long history tend to evolve, Bayliss started with a new piece of paper. Uno Mas is indeed a hybrid and defies even the expert eye trying to classify its Carolina heritage. It lacks the distinctive regional characteristics of heavy tumblehome and strong flam or, as locals prefer, Carolina Flare. The complicated compound curves of her deckhouse and deck are a far cry from the practical charter boats of the past, where ease of construction led to slab sides and beams defined by old coffee cans. The end product is a strikingly beautiful design, built with purpose and tradition in mind, yet thoroughly modern. To learn more about Uno Mas, click here. To see more images of this incredible yacht, click here.
Jarrett’s Bay 46
You would think that a man who makes his living driving race cars at over 200 miles per hour – often hitting the bumpers and doors of those around him – would choose a boat with blazing speed and a dramatic modern style. This is not the case in this case. NASCAR’s Jeff Burton, who has 21 career wins, 128 top fives and 237 top 10s, has gone for classic styling, paired of course with an advanced propulsion system that delivers superb fuel economy and driver handling. year. To learn more about this yacht, click here. To see more images of this beauty, click here.
It all started in 1948 when Franklin and Ennis Merritt opened the doors of the Merritt Boat & Engine Works in Pompano Beach, Florida. Today, nearly four generations later, the company still sits atop the list of the world’s most respected custom sport fishing boat builders. This has not been easy. A quest for quality, sound engineering and damn good looks has ensured the builder will stay on this list for the next 60 years. The 72ft Brier Patch was built for an experienced owner, who traveled the world on his previous Merritt 58, hunting big game from the Mediterranean to the Pacific. When it came to building his next boat, he and his captain knew what they wanted. To finish reading the boat review, click here.