Henriques 42' Charter
If there is one thing integral to Portuguese history and culture it is boats. And more to the point, fishing. It is not surprising then that when Jack Henriques immigrated to the United States from Portugal in his 20s, he quickly set up shop constructing the same type of rugged, seaworthy boats that his family had been building for generations. His first model, produced in 1977, was a 35-foot Down East-style boat dubbed the Maine Coaster. It’s a testament to the Henriques brand that 34 years later the company is still churning out similar boats, though modernized for today’s serious fisherman.
The company’s latest launch, the Maine Coaster 42' Charter, is an excellent choice for the fisherman who likes to fish with others, either for pay or for play. She’s available with a 360-degree walkaround layout that makes on-deck maneuverability a snap, even with many lines in the water. Roomy cockpits have always been a staple of Henriques boats, and this model is no different. The space offers two fishboxes that can be refrigerated, a transom door, and a head that opens to the outdoors, which will no doubt come in handy with large groups onboard.
The fully enclosed saloon is designed for rough-weather conditions. A spacious helm has two chairs, while the aft section features additional seating and stowage for all the necessary trappings a charter or pleasure-fishing trip could need. As for accommodations, the 42' is ready to handle an overnight trip to the canyons or beyond. Two staterooms below share a head that has an enclosed shower. A wood-trimmed galley should help keep anglers happy and sated while they’re waiting to bend a rod.
The 42' is powered by two John Deere diesel inboards, which should give you peace of mind and also a bit of a burst too, with a top speed of just over 36 mph. A reported cruise speed of 32 mph should have you to the fishing grounds in no time; even better, fuel burn at that clip is just 42 gph, which will keep costs from chewing into profits should you use this boat commercially.
With stand-out running numbers, ample accommodations, and enough usable fishing space to support a large guest list, the latest Henriques Maine Coaster seems like a boat worthy of that name.
This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.