October 7th 2011. By Lenny Rudow.

Affinity 90: Fishing on a Grand Scale

Those who need the biggest, baddest ride on the block will be impressed with this palatial fishing platform.

If you laugh at those puny Escalades as you climb into your Hummer, the Affinity 90 is your kind of sportfishing boat. The 90 feet of LOA, 23 feet of beam, and 145,000-pound displacement will seem appropriate if you always turn down the 12-ounce queen-sized prime rib in favor of the one-pound king cut. And its four-stateroom, five-head layout will be just right, considering that you’d never opt for the two-story beach house when three stories are available. Excessive? Maybe impressive is the better word to describe this yacht, which proves once again that yes, size does matter.

The Affinity 90 is a behemoth fishing machine with the range to travel the world.

On the Affinity 90, you get a cockpit that’s as large as your average center-console fishboat. You get not one but two separate staterooms just for the crew. And you’ll enjoy your own massive full-beam master suite with a king-size bed, a desk, a couch, and a private head featuring a sunken spa-tub surrounded by marble. Even the flybridge is oversized, with a full dinette, bar, and as much floor space as an average American’s living room.

Accommodations belowdecks are anything but Spartan.

Of course, you expect all of these things from a six-million dollar yacht. What you don’t expect—but you do get—is the true hunter’s attitude that comes along with it. Check out the cockpit and you’ll find it’s outfitted to make red blood run, as much as it is to make bluebloods relax. Features include 47-foot-long hydraulic outriggers, tuna tubes, a livewell, a fishbox that’s fed shaved ice from an Eskimo icemaker, a huge bait prep station, rod stowage lockers, and a Murray fighting chair on an offset stanchion that swings wide enough for rod tips to clear the corners of the transom. It’s overlooked by an upper level mezzanine with seating for six, and the upper deck rail is lined with rocket launchers.

Powered by a pair of massive 2400-horsepower MTU 16V2000’s, the Affinity 90 is no slouch in the performance department, either. It can break 33 knots, and since this yacht carries 5000 gallons of fuel, it has the ability to make trans-Atlantic crossings. Searching for the hot bite off Cape Cod at the beginning of the season, and in the Canary Islands at the end? No big deal, you can get in on both. And you can even can take a detour and visit the Bahamas, too: unlike most sportfishing yachts of this size, draft is under five feet. Thanks to the use of prop pockets, relatively shallow passages are an option.

Power is provided by twin 2400-horsepower MTU diesels.

The Affinity is constructed of resin-infused fiberglass, with a mix of Core Cell and aluminum honeycomb corings. The keel and chines are solid glass, and outer layers of the boat are laid up with vinylester resins. Machinery and accoutrements are similarly beefy: 65-hp bow thruster, Kolbelt hydraulic power steering, three-inch stainless-steel rudder shafts, twin 30-kW gensets, Naiad stabilizers, and 1800 gallon-per-day watermaker.

Downsides? Finding them on a yacht like this is tough, but bear in mind that the captain won’t be able to maneuver on fish from the helm. That’s why there’s a set of cockpit controls, as well as a set of tower controls.Affinity 90 specifications

With all of these features, this boat will represent the ultimate in sportfishing yachts for some people. Especially if those people happen to drive Hummers, order king-sized steaks, and stay in the biggest houses on the beach. In a nutshell, if you have a need or a knack for the big, bold, and brassy, the Affinity 90 is right up your alley. And if you want to hold out for something a little roomier, Affinity has a 95-footer in the works.

Comparison shoppers will want to see Jim Smith Custom Boats, American Custom Yachts, and the Donzi Roscioli R-92

For more information visit Affinity Yachts.



Lenny Rudow
Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.