Our First Take: She may look unorthodox—and believe me she is—but don’t be close-minded, this boat has a whole lot to offer.
One of the most intriguing boats I got on at the 2015 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show was the Mares 45 Yacht Fish. As I’ve stated before I have a real soft spot for the onboard space a twin hull provides, but up until I saw this boat, I never really thought of how that might apply to fishing. I only really thought of cats as particularly seaworthy boats that offered unparalleled onboard space for their LOA.
The Mares 45 Yacht Fish changed that for me. Now, I don’t know that I would necessarily enter a marlin tournament with this boat, but I’d think about it for other kinds of angling. Imagine setting up shop in a warm, clear patch of water and jigging for snapper or grouper. Think about the stability you’d have in those conditions where the fish seem to bite best, and the amount of space to maneuver. I mean hell, the thing has two fighting chairs!
Underway, the Mares looks to be admirably stable as well. Her hulls are asymmetrical, and they force air between them to provide a pillowy cushion as the boat scoots along at speeds approaching 36 knots at WOT. A foil in the tunnel provides even more lift. The boat also boasts a nifty 28-knot cruise thanks to her twin 550-horsepower Cummins Zeus drives.
This boat is an interesting package for any gentleman angler with an eye toward something just a wee bit different. Or anyone who simply wants to be the coolest cat at the fishing grounds.
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- Builder: Mares
- Model: Mares 45 Yacht Fish
- Boat Type: Catamaran
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: Upon request
- LOA: 44'7"
- Draft: 1'8"
- Beam: 15'0"
- Displacement: 31,910 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 450 gal.
- Water Capacity: 100 gal.
- Standard Power: 2/550-hp Cummins w/ Zeus drives
- Cruise speed: 28 knots
- Top speed: 36 knots
This article originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.