Stabilization for smaller boats in the 23 to 30 foot range has been a hot topic on just about every coastal angler’s wish list at some point in their fishing life.
Fresh off a successful launch at the recent Miami Boat Show this past February, Carolina skiff has introduced an “evolutionary” new lineup of LS series center console that include models sized 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25 feet.
I had a chance to jump aboard Cobia’s new 330 DC at the recent Miami Boat Show back in February and this Florida girl is the new queen of their growing dual console fleet, which also includes 22-, 24- and 28-foot models.
I had a chance to jump onboard the Pursuit S378 Sport at the Miami Boat Show and the first impression was that she’s an evolutionary step above the usual contemporary center console sportfisher.
One of the hallmark features of catamaran style hulls is the amount of added acreage onboard compared to their monohull cousins.
Although more than 90 percent of Steiger’s current semi-custom production of roughly 100 boats per season is dedicated to their signature three-sided Miami and totally enclosed Chesapeake pilot house designs, their owner’s roots of fishing open center consoles “back in the day” still runs deep.
Historically in the world of two-stroke and four-stroke outboards, engines in the 115 to 150 HP range have typically adopted a V-4 or V-6 configuration. Over the past 10 to 12 years, four-strokes in this power bandwidth have evolved into an in-line four cylinder configuration to try to save both space and weight on the transom.
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The new 44ST reminds me of their popular 39ST, but like a supersized version on steroids. This is one mega-sized canyon-running sportfisher. But unlike many of her mid-40s ilk, the Contender 44ST doesn’t stray too far from her roots.
Introduced for the 2019 model year, Grady-White’s new 326 CC introduces next-gen styling to their Canyon lineup of bluewater center consoles. I have done dozens of away fishing charters on Grady-White boats, where after spending 14-to-16 hours and over 150+ nautical miles in a variety of sea conditions, you really get to know what a boat can and can’t do out on the briny.
The NorthCoast 255 HT (hard top) is the latest addition to their three-season, weather-protected, sport fishing cabin product lineup that includes the 285 (introduced last year), the 235 and the 215.
The Steiger Craft 23 DV (deep vee) Miami is one of the most versatile fishing and family boats in this Bellport, Long Island builder’s fleet.
Introduced for the 2019 season as the biggest and baddest Sailfish center console to date, the new 360CC will give anglers and crews a multi-mission platform that is equally adept at the 100-fathom line as she is taking a crowd of family and friends to the beach or a local waterside eatery.
The big news from this North Carolina based catamaran builder is not just the debut of their queen of the fleet 400DC-X, but the enhanced fishing potential of her two sisters that are coming soon – the 400CC-X center console and the 400TE-X Tournament Edition center console.
Specifications: Length – 25-feet, six-inches (hull only, not including standard outboard bracket) Beam – eight-feet, six-inches Weight – 4,900-lbs Deadrise…
Bigger, faster, better, high-tech, inter-connected, user-friendly, ergonomic, multi-functional – the list goes on and on regarding why you might want to consider a new boat this season. There are some wickedly cool and interesting new boats to talk about for the upcoming model year, so just sit back and enjoy the ride as we begin our annual exploration with the 2020 version of the Fisherman’s Boat Buyer’s Guide.