Like many people you meet in the sportfishing industry, Peter Frederiksen has been fishing inshore and offshore, in fresh and salt water, since he was old enough to cast a lure. For the last 16 years, Frederiksen has worked for Viking Yachts as the company’s director of communications. He attends all the major boat shows and dealer meetings, and is always more than happy to talk about boats and fishing.
What are some of the new demands from sportfishing enthusiasts that you are seeing?
Today’s sportfish buyers want more of everything: more speed, more range, more conveniences, more accessories. But bigger engines need larger fuel capacities. More accessories require additional power, so larger generators—or two where there used to be one—become more common.
Many owners want gyro stabilizers, which eat up more space in the lazarette or engine room. Reverse-osmosis desalinators, flying-bridge and cockpit air conditioning, bow thrusters, underwater lighting, hydraulic systems, fuel polishers, forward-looking infrared thermal-imaging cameras for night runs, multifunction display screens, and integrated entertainment systems are the other features we see on every build sheet.
What trends are you seeing, and what advice do you have for buyers to consider?
My advice would be to choose the biggest engines possible. The boat will run better and the added horsepower pays off on the resale market. I’d also recommend a Spot Zero reverse-osmosis water-purifying system, its effective at removing dissolved solids from potable dock water and, when used for washdown water, helps eliminate spotting while protecting wax and painted surfaces. As for trends, the gyro stabilizer has become popular because it extends boating and fishing time by defeating the potential lurch and roll in rougher seas. On larger sportfishing yachts, the enclosed-bridge helm station is very popular. When complemented with a tuna tower, it creates a most effective fishing platform that doubles as an inviting cruising yacht.
What would you say to a potential owner who wants to get into a boat that’s just the right size?
Decide on what you want to put into the boat. Then determine how, where, and when you want to use it—seasonally or year-round, for instance. How many people do you generally fish with or entertain? Also determine the number of features that are “must haves” as compared with “would like to have.” Use all of this information to judge the length of boat that works best for you. This process is vital to the decision-making process, because a 45-foot boat does not have the same interior volume as a 65-footer. If you try to cram everything into a boat that’s too small, it may become a maintenance headache. Alternatively, pick the size boat you think you want and investigate as many models as you can in that LOA category. See which one offers better mechanical installations and accessibility to all of the systems. And don’t hesitate to ask other boat owners what they like and dislike about their boats. Talk to yacht brokers and manufacturer reps. They are good sources to learn about what’s hot and what’s not.