With a bow casting platform, 74-qt insulated fish boxes, ample rod holders, 25-gallon and 12.75 gallon live wells and draft of 14, this is a Florida fisherman’s dream. This makes it ideal for South Florida ’s sandbars and inshore fishing grounds, but seaworthy enough to handle the waves when the seas pickup.
With a draft of a mere 10 inches and a full transom with hydraulic bracket, you can tune your motor and ride safely in the shallows. Whether you’re fishing in the flats or running 40 miles out for your favorite offshore spot, the Shaffer S240 is the ultimate hybrid bay boat.
Capable of both inshore and offshore and prized as a Tarpon fishing boat, this modified V eats up chop and impressively handles turns yet also provides a shallow draft. Loaded and ready for fishing the Sheerer S240 is the perfect fit for the hardcore Tarpon fisherman, weekend warrior and everybody in between.
This vessel has a full tower with all the views that affords, along with a smooth, quiet ride and tons of dry storage, making it a nice family-friendly fishing boat as well. As an experienced boater he regularly produces and directs on-the-water video shoots for major boat manufacturers, yacht brokers and dealers, as well as independent film and media companies.
He is president of the National Soho House Film Club with chapters in Miami, FL, Manhattan, NY and Los Angeles, CA and regularly contributes content to YachtWorld, boats.com and Boat Trader. As she had done hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times before, Cindy Purcell advanced the throttles on a custom-built Huck ins, this one the new 45 Sport fisherman called Wombat.
Standing beside Purcell and watching the speed-over-ground figures rise on the multifunction display as the boat came cleanly and smoothly out of the hole sans squatting, I marveled at the sense of power and acceleration delivered by twin 480-horsepower Cummins diesels. We were gliding over a light wind chop 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 its founder’s name, Frank Pembroke Huck ins.
Back in the late 1950s, Willis Plane dreamed of building a sport-fisherman from a then-new material called fiberglass, with separate staterooms for four anglers, a roomy salon and a complete galley. Oh, and it had to beat back the mad mix of seas created by the warm Gulf Stream and cold Labrador Current off Cape Hatteras.
Fast-forward to the present day, and it’s easy to see that the Hatteras Yachts powers-that-be have kept Plane’s vision alive, building with the same attributes and commitment. Tricked out with a tuna tower, outriggers, cockpit mount for chair/rocket launcher/leaning post, tackle center and mezzanine seating for watching baits, the 45EX is rigged as a serious contender.
Our sea trial of the 45EX showed impressive handling, with the boat leaning moderately into turns without bogging down on the props. I’ve been amped up since the day I saw the mammoth sport-fisherman just starting construction, stretching beyond my eye’s view with prop tunnels so big that, when one worker lay down inside one to take a break, there was room for at least one more.
“When my yacht broker and friend Dave Bernard emailed me 1½ years ago with the artist rendering of the 92, I printed it, hung it on my bathroom mirror and told my wife, ‘That’s what we’re going to ride into the sunset with,’” Rodriguez explains. Boat building legends and young upstarts have been locked in battle, creating custom masterpieces with no expense spared.
Hatteras has stepped up to the plate with the GT series of designs, which includes a 54, a 60 and a new 63-footer I recently sea-trialed in south Florida. Camper & Nicholson's Yachts unveiled plans for its Sagittal 45 sport cruiser at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
She is meant to handle rough seas, built with vacuum infusion and closed-cell foam sandwich plus reinforced bottom and structural elements. The proud bow of Viking’s 55 Convertible pierced the outer edge of Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Abs econ Inlet and entered into a near-flat-calm ocean.
She was pointed east and I got the sense that this sport-fisherman wanted to bolt straightway for the distant canyons in search of novel-worthy pelagic that could easily span her 17-foot-9-inch beam. While the products of builders with long histories tend to evolve, Bliss started with a fresh piece of paper.
UNO Mas is indeed a hybrid and defies even the expert eye attempting to pigeonhole her Carolina heritage. She lacks the distinctive regional features of heavy tumble home and strong flag or, as locals prefer, Carolina Flare.
The complicated compound curves of her deck house and bridge are a far cry from the practical charter boats of the past, where ease of construction led to slab-sidedness and radii defined by old coffee cans. Cab’s new 44 Hex represents an embodiment of the term fish ability, which makes sense, since she is designed to replace the venerable 45 Express, with more than 130 hulls sold.
She does that, but the high quality and comfort of the 44 Hex’s living quarters are a bonus that will trump her angling prowess for owners who also like to cruise. Powered by twin 1,001-horsepower Caterpillar C18 Alerts, the vessel’s optimum cruise proved to be 27 knots, turning 1860 rpm at 70 percent load.
Cresting waves rolled toward the bow as my test vessel punched through the sea and smashed them into misty bits like a crab hammer does to a blue claw. When pushed to wide-open throttle (2,350 rpm), this vessel’s optional 1,700 hp Caterpillar C32A diesels helped propel her across the menacing sea at almost 40 knots.
Sitting in the cockpit of a 50-foot convertible designed for a serious angler, an employee of the well-respected builder mentioned, “Well, only about a third of our owners actually fish and campaign their boats seriously.” By “seriously” he was referring to folks who participate in the tournament circuit every year. The big sailfish leaped and splashed at the end of my line, glowing iridescent purple against the bright blue sea off Fort Pierce, Florida.
This was the 14th shot we’d had at a fish that day, and mine would be the third sail we hooked and released from Ring Leader, the new Albert 65 Express custom-built by Lyman Morse Boat building in Maine. That’s because the engineering behind that fluid look makes maintenance easier, increases reliability, lowers noise levels and generally improves time spent aboard.
Going back through many previous tests of comparable boats, my sea trial showed that this Steve French designed Spencer 70 IPS burned up to 40 percent less fuel than the higher-powered machines did at the same speeds. Today, almost four generations later, the company still sits atop the list of most respected custom sport fishing boat builders in the world.
A quest for quality, sound engineering, and damn good looks has ensured the builder will remain on this list for the next 60 years. The 72-foot Brier Patch was built for an experienced owner, who traveled the world on his previous Merritt 58, searching for big game from the Med to the Pacific.
The most immediate and obvious benefit was seen in the expanded accommodations on this style of boat, created by placing the engines aft, under the cockpit. As the system becomes more readily accepted by diehard anglers, many more production builders are now embracing Volvo IPS (and Zeus-powered boats) for use in their convertible designs.
Articles There are a few things you will need to remember to bring along to truly enjoy your time on a Miami yacht charter. You may need to bring your own food and beverages or local catering may be an option, but you need to be sure that the arrangements are made before you arrive at your Miami yacht charter.
Trip preparation for a Florida fishing charter is basically the same as for a yacht experience. Sun protection is even more important when fishing, so be sure to bring a waterproof sunscreen and appropriate clothes.
Clarify your food arrangements in advance and pay particular attention to drinks. A little time spent properly preparing beforehand will help guarantee an awesome experience during your Florida fishing charter.
Their craft, the Qualifier, is a Viking 52C set up for fishermen but luxurious enough for any sightseeing or pleasure excursion. The fifty-two foot craft offers 145 square feet of cockpit space for fishermen, a 200 gallon bait well, generous storage for your catch and top of the line gear.