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Spencer 87

The new custom Spencer 87, Betsy, shows how far convertible design and construction have come.

Custom yachts by definition are born in that ineffable realm between what’s been done before and what could still yet be accomplished. They push the envelope, and the results aren’t always good. Sometimes owners go too far afield and their vision simply doesn’t translate. Or a builder stretches its capabilities to the limit and the outcome can be a nasty, sordid affair with rooms full of lawyers and buckets of bad blood. I never know exactly what I’ll find when I take a custom sportfish out for a sea trial...

Spencer 70 Enclosed Bridge

Super Star

Spencer Yachts and Volvo Penta build a custom battlewagon that does it all.

I love stuff that’s new and different. And from the hints I’d gotten from the guys who had designed and built her, the triple-IPS Spencer 70 Enclosed Bridge was going to be unlike any custom sportfisherman I’d ever sea-trialed. Not only did she showcase the very first

Spencer 70

Triple Threat

Volvo Penta and Spencer Yachts reunite to build another breakthrough IPS boat, and this time it’s a 70-footer.

At Spencer, high-tech boats are built in much the same way traditional wooden boats were.

In a bay in a boatyard in Manns Harbor, North Carolina, a 70-foot custom sportfisherman is

Spencer 43 Express

I was rigging baits in the cockpit of a 43-foot express sportfisherman at the 2005 White Marlin Open when a man who was fishing the boat next to my team’s came walking over. He asked if he could come aboard and take a look, and we happily invited him on. After about a half hour of going through the boat, he asked us what we liked and didn’t like about her. We shared some ideas, and then he


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