Thursday, August 21, 2014
DREAM BOAT FOR FISHING AND FUN
So if you were looking for a high quality built boat for fishing, fun and a bit of cruising what would it be? First of all lets qualify the requirements a bit.
It has to sleep at least two, have offshore range of 400 miles, full galley facilities, all the bells and whistles for fishing, under $800k new, outboards for speed and to save interior space, generator, air and heat, be highly capable in rough weather and fast to around 50 mph or more. Boats that come to mind for me are the Intrepid 390 Sport, See Vee 430, Boston Whaler 345 Conquest, Grady-White Express 370, Edgewater 335 Express, Contender 40 Express, Pursuit Sport Coupe 365. All are excellent boats and will get you out in back through sheer hell, safely and as comfortably as possible. All these boats can take more than you or mother nature can give them. These boats could bring you back begging to kiss dry land. The Edgewater and Whaler are unsinkable. All these boats are a great boat for a cruising couple or weekend getaway boat and they will fish hard core. The semi custom See Vee is any fisherman's dream and to own one is to die and go to heaven. The Contender’s and Intrepid’s seem to own the sport fishing market on Caribbean islands. I’ve no doubt left some out so I apologize for that.
So what do these boats have in common? They are selling like hot cakes. Their production is expanding and not contracting like many boat builders. Why – because they are quality built boats that will do the job and take an absolute s**t kicking and bring you back safely to the dock. They have all the comforts of home and they hold their value much better than most boats. It seems there are lots of folks that appreciate quality and will pay for it. Something a lot of manufactures could learn about as short cuts on production quality seem to be more the norm than the exception these days.