For offshore anglers that have the money, sportfishing boats are an ideal upgrade from a standard centre-console fishing boat. These boats generally come in convertible and express models, and many feature cabins and flybridges for better lines of sight when you’re out on the water. These boats are ideal for offshore saltwater fishing and overnight cruising, and range in size from 26 to 100 feet.
How are Sportfishing Boats built?
Sport fishing boats are generally made from molded fiberglass for a durable finish that can stand up to saltwater and other harsh elements with less maintenance than other materials. Convertible models are built with larger interiors, while express models have open space that makes them easier to get around. These boats are mass-produced, but due to the size and use of premium materials, their cost is in the £300-400k ballpark.
What Types of Engines Power Sportfishing Boats?
A proper sportfishing boat is designed for performance and speed. Although you’ll want to take things down a notch when you find your spot, getting there is half the fun. These boats typically have high-performance inboard engines and/or outboard motors. Some offer a dual-outboard design with a backup inboard motor. Newer models are looking into incorporating jet propulsion, as well.
What Optional Equipment is Available for Sportfishing Boats?
As these are luxury boats designed to pull out all the stops, boaters can expect to find them regularly equipped with all the extras. Sportfishing boats generally include things like premium rigging and lines, upgraded engines and optional trolling motors for navigating fish-heavy areas, and premium navigation, radar, fish finders, and sound systems. Generators can be added, and many feature built-in or aftermarket livewells, coolers, rod holders, and other fishing accessories and equipment. There are also premium cabin equipment upgrades and accessories available.