35 Flybridge — By George L. Petrie
— September 2002
Hard Core, and More
|Even serious anglers will appreciate the added comfort and style of the new Henriques 35 Flybridge.|
You won't find "convertible" in Henriques' marketing literature. From a 28 Express to its 50-foot flagship, every model line reflects a singular commitment to the needs of serious sportfishing enthusiasts. The top design priorities have always been strength, fishability, and safety, with less emphasis on styling, comfort, and interior decor. As a result, over the years, Henriques has become almost a synonym for the lean, mean, Spartan fishing machine.
Part of that reputation is changing--no, not the commitment to sportfishing or the devotion to functionality or safety. As the next generation begins to assert itself in this family-owned enterprise, there seems to be more sensitivity to creature comforts and aesthetics, as evidenced by a plethora of attractive features I found on the new 35 Flybridge. I was equally impressed by a common-sense approach that seemed evident in every aspect of design and construction.
It was right after Memorial Day weekend that I got a chance to sea trial the 35 Flybridge. Though it was just ten o'clock in the morning when I arrived at Integrity Marine in Margate, New Jersey, the air was already hot and sultry. A thick blanket of fog hung over the inlet south of Margate, but we found clear skies in a sheltered bay just to the south that would be perfect for running our performance tests. With luck, the fog would lift by midday, so we could get out of the inlet and put the boat through her paces in offshore conditions.
As I jotted down data from the radar gun and fuel-flow gear, I saw one big reason why Henriques Yachts are so popular with the sportfishing crowd. At wide-open throttle, with her fuel and water tanks nearly full, the yacht's twin 440-hp Yanmar diesels were driving the 21,000-pound hull at more than 35 mph with a total fuel burn of less than 45 gph. When Henrique's captain backed off the throttles by about ten percent, to 3000 rpm, our speed was still better than 30 mph, while the fuel rate dropped to just 27 gph. With a fuel capacity of 365 gallons, that translates to a usable fishing range of more than 300 NM.
By now it was just after noon and fog still choked the inlet, so we headed back to the marina for a quick slice of pizza and a thorough walk-through of the 35. By midafternoon the fog would certainly be gone--we hoped. As I poked around all the nooks and crannies, Andy Eget of Integrity Marine pointed out some of the boat's notable features.
We started in the cockpit, of course. Action central, the 100-square-foot arena offers a 42-gallon livewell built into the transom and two 102-gallon fishboxes beneath the sole. All components looked rugged and ready for action. Built to take a beating, the transom door is hung with a heavy stainless steel hinge that runs the height of the doorway. Hefty cleats are mounted beneath the gunwales, so as not to foul fishing lines, and as if to remove any doubt as to the boat's purpose, there are six rod holders recessed into the gunwales (with rod stowage beneath) and four ready-rod holders built into the aft sides of the deckhouse.
Along its forward bulkhead, the cockpit of our test boat was fitted with a sink, cutting board, insulated deep well, and tackle drawers to starboard, with a cabinet and more tackle drawers on the port side. But Henriques will configure the cockpit to each owner's specifications. For example, in lieu of a tackle cabinet on the port side, the space can be set up as a lower helm station, and although our boat was not fitted with a fighting chair, all 35s have aluminum backing plates in their cockpit soles, so a chair can easily be installed at a later time.
This article originally appeared in the December 2002 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.