Let’s cut to the chase. If you are considering buying a sportfish vessel you probably have one thing in mind… or a few specific things in mind: Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Marlin, and more. That being said, while fishing at any level from pleasure to commercial is certainly within the realms of many sportfish yachts, you will be surprised at the variety that is on offer at Harbor Shoppers, and what that variety can offer you. Here we are going to discuss exactly what makes a sportfish yacht perfectly suited for fishing and the many needs that you may have. Then just for the hull of it (sorry), we can try and point you in the right direction.
What are sportfishing yachts?
Now, sportfish yachts are incredibly popular in the United States and for good reason: The Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream starts around the U.S Virgin Islands and spreads all the way up the East coast providing ideal and unique fishing grounds that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth with it. This has given rise to the popularity and spread of the sportfish design almost exclusively in the United States. Once vessels that were rigged out only with the bare necessities, they have been brought into modern times showing everyone that comfort does not need to be sacrificed and that luxury can become synonymous with sport fishing.
The design of the sportfish hull is taken into special consideration because it is arguably the most important factor. Sportfish yachts are designed to move quickly so that you can get to fishing grounds and also reel in those fish at speed. To do that you will want a comfortable ride and a hull that doesn’t cause so much mess that it scares fish away. Sportfish vessels have trended toward a deeper and deeper V-shape hull and now on the market, you can find everything from a flat-bottomed hull to a variable-deadrise hull that places the steepest angle at the keel to reduce wave impact. The specifications of hull design, combined with an increased thinking effort into the mode of power, allows most sportfish yachts to reach a speed of 25-30 knots or faster. If you want to travel at speed comfortably and in any weather condition that you could hope to face, then this is the way to do it.
The other part of the vessel that defines a sportfish is the cockpit. This is where the action happens, a dedicated area for all things fishing to occur. This is THE zone. Normally situated in the aft of the vessel, everything in this area is carefully thought out and placed to maximise your fishing experience. Some sportfish yachts are equipped with tournament standard equipment such as tuna towers, kill boxes, and large tackling stations. However, if you are not in the market to make a grand showing at tournaments you will also be able to find something that suits your needs in the form of live bait wells, outriggers, towers, and an elevated flybridge to help with fishing efforts.
Why is a sportfish yacht for you?
Considering the efficacy of the sportfish design it is of no surprise to anyone that more than just fishers seek these vessels. Their unparalleled comfort combined with speed makes them a desirable vessel for any boat owner. They are ideal for cruising both shallow and deep seas at day or night, and in any weather that you can imagine finding yourself in. This means you would be well guarded against any unpredictable weather events. The power and hull design also allow you to be confident in the vessel and that anyone could handle it. These vessels make for the perfect memory makers for all ages, whether you are a veteran boater or starting for the very first time you won’t forget being at the helm of one of these vessels. They also have room for a sizable crew too, you don’t need to buy the world’s largest sportfish yacht to enjoy lots of company. Whether your guests want to all throw out a line with you or just cruise the waves. The cabins are comfortable and appealing, the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of angling on the open ocean. Sportfishing yachts definitively fall under the large category, this means that they often have many private rooms so that no one is stepping on each other’s toes. However, if you know your boats and you are a fisher, you know this is the only design that will, if you’ll pardon the pun, float your boat.
While the hull and overall performance design of the sportfish are well crafted to a specific purpose the deck layout can vary significantly, meaning that you will be able to fulfil any of your fishing needs with these awesome craft. Just like us, each sportfish has her own personality. This allows you to find the most tailored experience that lines up with how you want to field your experiences. Do you want a live bait well? A frozen bait well? A large tackling station? One or more cockpit chairs? All of this will depend on how you envision spending your time. No matter your fishing personality you are sure to find a vessel with a personality to match. Some of you will have envisioned yourself taking a couple weeks out to sail the high seas and fish competitively the whole time. Due to the larger cabin and deck space, you are able to do that in luxurious style with this design. Others of you will have imagined a weekend get away for you and the family, which this type of vessel accommodates but with the speed, comfort, and style that other designs do not. Wherever you go, you are sure to turn heads with one of these beauties.