While it’s true that 2020 is one of those years that many of us would perhaps prefer to forget, when it comes to sportfishing yachts, it was actually a banner season. If you’re a serious fisherman considering owning a boat, read our list of some of the best sportfishing yachts currently on the market. Whether you like massive convertibles, speedy center consoles, or expressive express yachts, these sportfishing yachts all made newsworthy headlines in 2020.
At the 2020 Miami International Boat Show, the Caymas 341 CC the latest brainchild of fishing boat legend Earl Bentz was introduced. This boat puts the “high” in the high-performance fishing machine. When we ran one rigged with 900 raging Verado horses, we zipped up to the 60 mph mark in seconds. At 4500 rpm the boat cruises in the mid-40s, atop a double-stepped Michael Peters hull form.
Once you quickly get where you’re going fishing features abound. The pressurized transom livewell holds a whopping 40 gallons and is fed by a pair of variable-speed 2,500 gph hooker pumps. The forward console lounger houses a 125-gallon fish box that you can use to ice-down monster tunas and wahoo, and rod holders line the transom, gunwales, and the sides of the lounger.
One unique feature that the Caymas provides that you won’t find on other fishing boats is the type of bow seating. Sure, we’re used to seeing transom seats that fold away in the aft cockpit. But in this case, the bow seats also fold up, swinging flush into the gunwales. That means you can get them out of the way entirely when you want an open, uncluttered deck space for casting and catching.
Quad Yamaha F425 outboards. The Invincible 46 Catamaran is an angler’s dream machine. Stadium seating for six in flip-down bolster seats. Over 1,300 gallons of insulated fish box capacity. Four individual livewells and available tuna tubes. Twin 24-inch MFDs. Air conditioning pumps cool breezes over the open helm.
Unlike most yacht-quality center console boats, the Invincible keeps fishability front and center. Stern and bow cockpits are kept open and uncluttered, and the center console cabin is just a simple head compartment. While some may find this a bit lowbrow, Invincible knows that serious fishers don’t want all their fishing space eaten up by a bloated console made larger than necessary, just to house a berth and/or galley. If you’re going to fish and you want to do it with speed and style, this powerful powercat will be on your 2020 must-see list.
In a surprise move, Australian builder Riviera introduced a rather fishy creation this year in the form of the 64 Sports Motor Yacht. Known for building cruisers with flybridges and cockpits which may look a little like a fishing boat but aren’t really designed or outfitted to be fished, this new model is the real deal with hydraulic outriggers, a livewell in the transom, and an expanded cockpit large enough for an entire crew of anglers. Of course, this is a Riviera we’re talking about, so luxury touches do still abound. The interiors are set off with five-coat high-gloss varnished walnut woodwork that’s book-matched; the flybridge is enclosed and really is more of an elevated saloon than a bridge-deck, with a setter, a wet bar, and a lounger; and you’ll discover niceties like a dishwasher and a wine chiller in the galley. You can control the boat’s systems from any of these spaces because the CZone digital switching system is designed to be interfaced with and controlled via an iPad.
The 64 Sports Motor Yacht is set up for serious cruising abilities. One of the unique features is the utility room located between the master stateroom (one of four private cabins) and the engine room. It provides bulk stowage compartments and a set of full-sized laundry machines. Just how far will you go in this yacht? The sky’s the limit because with a 1,717-gallon fuel capacity you can travel a shocking 2,919 nautical miles at a slow cruise of 6.6 knots.
4. Solace 41CS
Solace set the center console world aflame with its introduction of the 345
last year, but at 38’0” long, too many people, it didn’t quite reach center console “yacht” status. Now the bigger, bolder, 41CS treads into yacht territory, with triple outboards slung across the transom, the option for quads, and a much roomier console cabin.
What really sets the Solace apart from wannabe center console yachts is the level of tech built into this boat. The mezzanine and its seat cushions are a great example. Rather than using clumsy snaps to secure the cushions in place, Solace laminates magnetic materials right into the mezzanine and then incorporates it into the cushions themselves. Net result? They stick securely in place magnetically, but when you want to remove one, you just lift it off, no fumbling with snaps and straps necessary.
Another example can be found in the hull design, which incorporates twin steps and has a variable-degree deadrise with a 48-degree entry, tapering back to a 23-degree transom. The most signficant tech tweak of them all is in the way this boat is built. The hull is vacuum-infused carbon and Innegra which is baked solid while still in its heated mold.
5. Viking 54C
Although a 54-footer isn’t exactly “big” for a Viking, the introduction of the 54C open bridge convertible set the sportfishing community abuzz. Why? Well, mostly because it’s a new Viking, and one would be hard-pressed to argue that Viking hasn’t dominated the world of production-built sportfishing machines for the past decade. But on top of that, it offers a slew of features and finer points which lesser convertibles can’t match.
The Viking 54C features a three-stateroom/two-head layout, a vacuum-infused hull, a 154 square-foot cockpit, and of course an optional Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilization system. Luxury touches include a glossy walnut or teak interior, a galley with a peninsula countertop, and a 49-inch HDTV in the saloon (plus 32-inch HDTVs in the master and guest staterooms). One thing Viking has a well-deserved reputation for is building high-performance fishing yachts, and the 54C certainly meets the bar in this regard. Outfitted with standard twin MAN V12 1440CRM 1,400 horsepower diesel inboards, the estimated cruise is in the mid-30-knot range, and top-end breaks 40 knots. Upping the ante to twin 1,550 horse 1550CRMs is an option.
If we’re mentioning Viking, we have to also mention Hatteras. As many in the marine industry know, these two names are nearly synonymous with big sportfishing yachts. In early 2020, at the Miami Yacht Show, Hatteras released their GT65 Carolina, to great fanfare. Marketed as the “sports car of the GT fleet”, this is a sportfishing yacht that can top 40 knots and comes ready for fishing tournaments with all the requisite riggings while providing great comfort and a stable, safe ride in rough conditions. Hatteras utilized computational fluid dynamics to design the hull of the GT65 Carolina and incorporated an infused stringer system to reduce weight and increase the strength of the vessel. With four staterooms and three heads, this fishing boat can accomodate a whole pro team at sea for serious hardcore angling and tournament competitions, or she can also comfortably accomodate a family-friendly fishing adventure. As the video above shows, the GT series from Hatteras offers heavily-built fishing boats ideal for high levels of speed in rough water. Hatteras remains a dominant choice for many pro anglers and tournament fishing teams, as well as being a historic American brand that continues to be built in the USA.
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