Sportfisherman

Jannace 430C

By | Posted October 2005

The convertible market is brutal—ask any of the established builders who compete in it. It's tough enough to succeed when you're a recognized name, but when you're an unknown with a new boat...

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Cavileer 44 Convertible

By | Posted September 2005

Cavileer Boatworks is named after 18th-century boatbuilder John Cavileer, whose boats—built in Lower Bank, New Jersey, the current home of Cavileer Boatworks—were integral players in...

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ACY 72

By | Posted September 2005

Recently, I’ve had a string of bad luck with South Florida weather. The past few times I’ve been on the water there, the skies have opened up, the seas turned snotty, and I’ve been subsequently...

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Tiara 3900 Convertible

By | Posted August 2005

It's all in the details.After testing boats for more than five years, I've found it's that philosophy that makes the difference between okay, good, and exceptional vessels. And one builder I've...

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Grady White 360 Express

By | Posted July 2005

In the spring of 2001, I spent two days fishing and testing the Grady-White 330 Express on a tempestuous ocean off Ocracoke, North Carolina. Grady's then-flagship boat ran impressively in the slop,...

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Cabo 32 Express

By | Posted July 2005

If there's such a thing as an old hippie hideout, it's Santa Cruz, California. A port town surfing the edge of Monterey Bay, a few miles south of 'Frisco, Santa Cruz seems loaded with folks of a...

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Post 53 Convertible

By | Posted July 2005

Entering Black Pearl Marine's Marco Island, Florida, office, I knew straight away I was dealing with serious anglers. Although he's a salesman, Capt. Steve Sprigg was simultaneously tinkering with a...

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Henriques 42

By | Posted May 2005

New Jersey-based Henriques is known for building solid boats with seemingly never-ending cockpit space and fishability in abundance. One thing it is not known for is introducing models at the rate of...

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Ocean 73 Super Sport

By | Posted May 2005

"My friends from the Bahamas, they say that the devil lives here, man," says Jose, also known around the docks of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Vanilla due to his light skin color. He's one of two mates...

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Jarrett Bay 32

By | Posted April 2005

A shift has taken place. Perhaps it's due to saturation of the big-convertible market, or maybe there's a growing need for midsize sportfishermen, but a lot of builders have taken to constructing mid...

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Sculley 64

By | Posted April 2005

You may not believe this, but testing a fully custom, $2.65-million sportfisherman was hard work. Not so much the part where I walked around the Sculley 64 and took notes. Nor the part where I...

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Pursuit 3480

By | Posted March 2005

Power & Motoryacht's Boat Test of the Pursuit 3480 Damn. Would you look at that?" PMY senior editor Capt. Patrick Sciacca was on his haunches, head between the props, and pointing at the...

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Black Pearl 46

By | Posted February 2005

She didn't look like a cat, but I quickly concluded that her ability to jump, run, and land on her feet were signs of a nimble and acrobatic feline. No, I didn't come across a predatory panther on...

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SJ Violator 54

By | Posted February 2005

I'd just returned from fishing the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Maryland, when I got a call to test a new 54-foot, custom cold-molded sportfisherman. After having spent a week looking at almost...

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Riviera 33

By | Posted February 2005

What do you do if you're no longer an entry-level boater and are now looking for a small convertible? Or if you're an express-cruiser owner ready for something different? Or maybe you're an offshore...

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Paul Mann 68

By | Posted February 2005

Paul Mann and I were just finishing up with a helicopter photo shoot when the Icom IC-602 VHF on the flying bridge crackled to life. "Just hooked up a bigeye...200 pounds or more!" enthused a drawly...

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Ocean 46 Super Sport

By | Posted December 2004

In the early 1980’s, Ocean Yachts gave naval architect Dave Martin a task: design a hull that would be seakindly and quick. How quick? The goal was 30 knots on the top end with twin 450-hp Detroit...

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Viking 74 Convertible

By | Posted November 2004

Whoever coined the phrase, “Good things come in small packages,” would probably have changed his or her mind had they been strolling the docks of Atlantic City’s Trump Marina one day last summer. For...

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Egg Harbor 43

By | Posted September 2004

How much difference can one foot make? In football it could mean getting in the end zone for six points vs. falling short for a goose egg, or missing the uprights on a field goal and losing three...

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Ryco 65

By | Posted April 2004

Thirty-six-plus years ago, a man was searching for a boat on which he and his son could fish blue water. The man, who did most of his fishing out of Florida, talked to three custom boatbuilding...

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Luhrs 41 Convertible

By | Posted March 2004

The Luhrs Marine Group’s goals for its 41 Convertible were simple: The boat had to be built to accommodate the offshore angler, but she also needed enough creature comforts so that a fisherman could...

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Bertram 630 Convertible

By | Posted February 2004

Hey Jose, can you get this kite over some?” Josh Brown calls up to Capt. Jose Mullian on the bridge. Down in the cockpit Brown’s eyes are glued to the lone kite flying 100 yards astern. The port...

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Grady-White Marlin 300

By | Posted February 2004

What do you do when you’re at the top of your game and want to take it to the next level? Professional athletes spend more hours exercising and training, while accomplished musicians will practice...

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Ocean 50 Super Sport

By | Posted February 2004

My cellphone rang as I stared at the ocean out the window of my hotel room on Singer Island, Florida, which is about 15 miles north and east of West Palm Beach. Ocean Yachts’ captain Gene Hawn was...

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Pursuit 3370 Offshore

By | Posted February 2004

What a day it was. Sun beaming down. Gulf Stream so inky blue it was almost purple. Kenny Chesney on the Clarion drawlin’, “No shoes, no shirt, no problem.” And me kicked back at the helm of Pursuit’...

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