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Offshore Fishing Boats for the Gulf

June 8th, 2016

Venture far into the Gulf on any of these fine fishing boats from 24 – 36 ft.

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Grady-White Fisherman 257

The Fisherman 257 was built ready to go offshore. Two insulated forward 120 quart boxes and a transom 185 quart box provide plenty of room for any pelagic or reef fish you bring in. The fully insulated 32-gallon lighted livewell keeps bait lively with full column raw water distribution. This ride makes for a comfortable, yet capable sport fishing machine.

  • Length: 24’ 9”
  • Beam: 8’ 6”
  • Fuel Capacity: 135 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (w/o engines): 4,300 lbs.
  • Draft: 20”
  • Deadrise: 20°
  • Bait/Livewell: 32 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 120 qt. (2), 185 qt.

Visit Grady-White’s website for full specifications.

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Sailfish 270cc

Improved fishability with higher gunnels, larger fish boxes, more interior room and a transom livewell make the 270 one of the best laid out fishing platform on the market. The improved functional and stylish helm offers ample room for your larger electronics and multiple storage compartments for gear and equipment.

  • Length: 26’ 2”
  • Beam: 9’
  • Fuel Capacity: 188 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (rigged): 6,700 lbs.
  • Draft: 18”
  • Deadrise: 22-24°
  • Bait/Livewell: 30 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 260 qt. (2)
  • Rod Holders: 10

Visit Sailfish Boats’ website for full specifications.

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Cape Horn 24os

With a host of changes in both design and style, the new Cape Horn 24os is more ready than ever to face what awaits 50+ miles offshore. The newly designed hull provides impressive ride comfort and fuel economy. A sprawling floor plan leaves more room to fish. Two big live wells make sure you will never run out of bait.

  • Length: 25’ 1”
  • Beam: 9’ 1”
  • Fuel Capacity: 136 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (dry): 3,700 lbs.
  • Draft: 20”
  • Deadrise: 23°
  • Bait/Livewell: 30/45 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 470 qt.
  • Rod Holders: 20

Visit Cape Horn’s website for full specifications.

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Sea Hunt Gamefish 25

The Gamefish delivers exactly what serious fishermen demand in a sportfishing center console boat. This boat comes ready to fish with multiple insulated fishboxes and livewells as standard features. The cockpit has abundant room for 360° of fishing and the hull delivers a soft, dry ride.

  • Length: 25’ 6”
  • Beam: 9’
  • Fuel Capacity: 148 gal.
  • Max HP: 400 HP
  • Weight (dry): 4,700 lbs.
  • Draft: 19”
  • Deadrise: 21°
  • Bait/Livewell: 27/30 gal
  • Fish Storage: 148 qt. (2), 188 qt.

Visit Sea Hunt’s website for full specifications.

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World Cat 320cc

The 320CC is a versatile performer that excels in our Gulf chop. You can run flat out to your favorite fishing spot, even in rougher seas. A large 45 gallon livewell provides ample space for bait and over 1,300 quarts of insulated storage keeps your catch cold. Twelve gunwale-mounted rod holders and comfortable seating for twelve means you can bring the entire crew out fishing.

  • Length: 32’ 2”
  • Beam: 10’ 6”
  • Fuel Capacity: 279 gal.
  • Max HP: 600 HP
  • Weight (dry): 9,200 lbs.
  • Draft: 16”
  • Bait/Livewell: 45 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 300 qt. (2), 225 qt. (2), 105 qt.
  • Rod Holders (gunwale): 12

Visit World Cat’s website for full specifications.

Yellowfin 36 Offshore

The combination of speed, an unmatched dry ride and rugged construction make the 36 Yellowfin the boat to beat no matter where you are fishing. The 36 can be powered by twin or triple outboards and either option will yield speeds that few other boats in its class can match. Numerous console, leaning post and top options, let you customize the 36 to perfectly complement the way you fish. A huge 477 gallon fuel capacity lends incredible range to this ride.

  • Length: 36’ 8”
  • Beam: 10’
  • Fuel Capacity: 477 gal.
  • Max HP: 1,250 HP
  • Weight: 9,500 lbs.
  • Draft: 20”
  • Deadrise: 24°
  • Bait/Livewell:
  • Fish Storage:
  • Rod Holders:

Visit Yellowfin’s website for full specifications.

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Boston Whaler 330 Outrage

With its precision-engineered deep-V hull, high padded gunnels and unsinkable Unibond construction, the 330 Outrage delivers an incredibly soft, safe, dry ride, whether you’re venturing far from shore or cruising close to home. State-of-the-art navigation and command systems make captaining a breeze, while smart ergonomic seating ensures an enjoyable ride for every passenger. In the bow, a plush forward lounge lifts to reveal ample storage below while the facing bow seats invite easy conversation.

  • Length: 33’ 1”
  • Beam: 10’ 2”
  • Fuel Capacity: 300 gal.
  • Max HP: 700 HP
  • Weight (dry): 9,000 lbs.
  • Draft: 22”
  • Deadrise: 23°
  • Bait/Livewell: 40/50 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 228 qt. (2)
  • Rod Holders: 16

Visit Boston Whaler’s website for full specifications.

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Cape Horn 36os

The 36os features “more of everything.” The wide beam and excellent speed let get out into the Gulf faster and in comfort.  A 1,400 quart insulated fish box will hold any fish you may catch, including swordfish up to 9-feet-long. The rear 40 gallon live well is standard, as is the large transom gate. The main live well sports 60 gallons for keeping the largest of baits frisky. The 36os is a solid choice for the seasoned angler looking for all the advantages needed to fish harder than any other.

  • Length: 36’ 11”
  • Beam: 10’ 6”
  • Fuel Capacity: 410 gal.
  • Max HP: 1,100 HP
  • Weight: 7,900 lbs.
  • Draft: 24”
  • Deadrise: 23°
  • Bait/Livewell: 60/40 gal.
  • Fish Storage: 1,400 qt., 85 qt.
  • Rod Holders: 26

Visit Cape Horn’s website for full specifications.




Making Waves

May 24th, 2013

by Rod Evans

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Grady-White Freedom 375

After weathering some down days, the boating industry is poised for a breakout in 2013

Numerous business and personal horror stories arose out of the economic downturn that swept across the U.S. from 2007 through 2010. The housing market imploded. The American auto industry was on the verge of collapse and millions of Americans found themselves looking for work.

The boating industry was hit especially hard by the sour economic conditions, with both manufacturers and retailers struggling to survive in the face of a drastic reduction in demand for new boats. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), demand for new power boats among U.S. consumers in 2010 dipped to its lowest point since the trade organization began keeping statistics in the mid-1960s, with a little more than 100,000 boats sold. That represented a 55 percent drop from 2006 and pales in comparison to the “boating boom” days of the early 1970s—and again in the mid-‘90s— when over half a million boats were sold.

“New boat sales became almost non-existent after 2007,” said Doug Hughes, general sales manager at Sea Lake Yachts in Kemah. “Manufacturers were building boats in 2008 and ’09 and were still sitting on them a year later in many cases. Dealers were still able to sell some brokerage boats, which kept us alive, but new boat sales weren’t even half of what they had been in previous years.”

The NMMA report indicates that 2009 through 2010 was the low point for the boating industry, with the total number of recreational boats in use in the U.S. dropping to a little more than 16.5 million, down from the all time industry high of over 17.5 million.

For Hughes, who’s been at Sea Lake Yachts since 1996 and working in the boating industry since 1989, the past several years have been a far cry from the recent heyday of boat sales in 2003 and ’04, and he says the evaporation of the new boat market had a trickle down effect that dampened the used boat market as well. He says buyers who wanted to buy boats that were two to three years old had a hard time finding those vessels and had to settle for buying boats that were six or seven years old.

But the boating industry was able to ride the wave and now faces a much brighter outlook. The NMMA reported an estimated 10 percent increase in new power boat sales in 2012 and predicts that 2013 will see continued sales increases of five to 10 percent. The NMMA credits manufacturers with producing more versatile and accessible 15- to 26-foot boats intended to appeal to buyers with a variety of interests and budgets.

These smaller boats—less than 27 feet—make up 96 percent of the estimated 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S. Boats that fall into this category include aluminum all-purpose boats and pontoons, fiberglass bowriders, fish and ski boats, and jet boats.
The results of two recent surveys also point to better days ahead. An NMMA survey shows that in 2011, boating participation increased 10 percent to 83 million Americans—the largest proportion of adults (34.8 percent) who went boating since 1997 (35.8 percent). And the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that participation in fishing is up 11 percent in the past five years.

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David Hunt, sales director at Seabrook’s Lonestar Yacht Sales, says through the first quarter of 2013, his shop has noticed a marked increase in boating interest and sales.

“It’s been good so far,” Hunt said. “We’ve sold a few boats and are looking forward to a good summer. I’d say the first quarter has been good for the global market also.”

Hughes says Sea Lake Yachts is enjoying a good 2013 thus far and he expects the prime selling period, which begins in May, will be a good one.

“We’ve seen a little bit of an upturn in new boat sales. It’s still not super, but it is coming back,” Hughes said.

But in contrast to the NMMA report citing sales of smaller, more versatile boats as the catalysts behind the resurgence, Hughes says larger boats are fueling the increased sales at his shop and at other retailers along the Gulf Coast.

“Manufacturers keep coming out with bigger and bigger models,” he says. “Our sales of larger models are good, but sales of smaller models are not so good. I think a reason for that is guys with lots of money still have lots of money to spend, while guys who are more in the middle class of boat buyers who might have been able to afford a $100,000 boat 10 years ago are more cautious now. Right now boats that are 40 feet and above are selling greater than the smaller boats, which used to be our bread and butter.”

Hunt says powerboat manufacturers are also going big in the horse power department by equipping an increasing number of models with beefy 12- and 16-cylinder engines that are easily capable of pushing boats over 30 knots and, in many models, over 60 knots.

Hughes says the sailboat market, while also crippled by the economic downturn, is more vulnerable to swings in the price of fuel.

“Because sailboats have a lower cost to operate, their prices come up when fuel prices go up,” he said. “Right now, fuel prices are not at an unreasonable level; still around $3 per gallon.”

According to industry reports, dual console boats are another growing market segment. Initially popular in the 1970s, dual console boats, which feature a helm station on the starboard side with the passenger station at port and a walk through at the windshield in the middle, are ideal for fishing and water sports activities and have been increasingly popular. But while dual console boats have traditionally been in the 18- to 30-foot range, a new breed of dual console vessels, like the Grady-White Freedom 375, at more than 36 feet and powered by triple Yamaha outboard motors, each producing in excess of 350 hp, represents a movement toward bigger, more luxurious dual console boats.

Whether it’s a powerboat or a sailboat, one thing remains a constant among today’s boat buyers: the desire to wrap themselves in luxury and convenience while on the water, including having all the latest technological gadgets at their finger tips and full connectivity.

“People are looking for high quality and luxury,” Hunt said. “Most manufacturers have really stepped up their interiors by using woods and granite and other premium materials. Most buyers want bed rooms and all the amenities. We see a lot of people who come down for the weekend who want to have basically a floating condo.”

The three leading sailboat manufacturers—Beneteau, Catalina and Hunter—are all producing sailboats that feature high quality cabin materials and state-of-the-art electronics, as are leading powerboat makers, such as Bertram, Azimut Yachts and Grady-White.

After nearly 25 years in the boating industry, Hughes has seen his fair share of market swings and corrections, but he says there are several reasons why this is a great time to be a buyer … or seller.

“When I started in 1989, we had luxury taxes, so interest rates on a boat loan were around 12 percent. Today, it’s four to five percent,” Hughes says. “So you could have a 20-year note on a $100,000 boat and have a monthly payment of around $600. Plus, if they don’t already have a second home, buyers can write off the purchase as a second home. The other plus is that manufacturers are holding steady on prices, we anticipate a good 2013.”