Outer Reef 86 Yachtfish
Outer Reef is launching a new series of vessels aimed at those ready for long-range offshore exploration who also want to catch big game along the way. Dubbed the Yacht-fish, the first will be an 86 thats slated for delivery in California in mid-2010.
While she wont make it to the canyons as quickly as a typical battlewagonher top speed should be just under 21 mph or about 18 knotsshell have legs. A 3,500-gallon fuel capacity coupled with the projected low burn rate of her twin 705-bhp Caterpillar C12 ACERT diesels should let her reach fishing grounds no tournament-ready boat can.
Underway the owner will enjoy all the creature comforts of a true passagemaker, everything from an enclosed wheelhouse to a KVH TracVision TV4 satellite TV system. The galley, which is amidships on the main deck, comes with niceties such as a GE Stainless Steel Monogram appliance package that includes a side-by-side refrigerator-freezer, trash compactor, and dishwasher. Aft of the galley is a bookshelf-lined saloon where the owner will be able to read easily even if the seas are rough thanks to a pair of 71/2-square-foot ABT Trac 250 stabilizers and Cantalupi LED light fixtures powered by standard twin 25-kW Northern Lights gensets.
Unlike most conventional sportfishermen, the 86 will sport small, watertight ports in each hull side, which will allow light into areas such as the full-beam master. The ports continue aft and illuminate the starboard side captains cabin and the port-side utility room, both of which can be accessed from the transom.
As for fishing amenities, the seven-foot-long cockpit comes with two insulated fishboxes, a fighting chair, and a 70-gallon centerline lighted bait tank with window. A pair of Rupp outriggers and eight rod holders allow anglers to easily spread a full complement of lures. And when its time to refuel, docking should be a snap, thanks to standard bow and stern thrusters.
When he does finally come back to the dock, you can bet the 86s owner will restock quickly because with so much more ocean available, therell be a lot more fish to catch.
CONTACT: Outer Reef (954) 767-8305.
This article originally appeared in the October 2009 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.