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August 31, 2012

Release 46 Walk-Around

The Release 46 walk-around keeps its promise

The Release 46 offers an excellent cockpit to work. The molded-in 48-gallon transom livewell also holds three, 8-inch tuna tubes for live baiting. The Zeus drives are under two large hatches in the aft cockpit that open on rams for service. A first-rate livewell sump in the lazarette has four pumps feeding the transom livewell and the portable on-deck wells. 

Beneath the cockpit deck lie a pair of 7-foot insulated fish boxes, something few pod boats have because the drives eat up so much room. Gunwale height is just right for fishing and dealing with fish next to the boat. 

Wide walkways offer plenty of room to move forward around the helm deck to the bow.  Pull-up spring cleats, two pull-up bow cleats and 30 rod holders graced the perimeter of our test boat. The bow held a huge anchor, windlass, and two pressurized 10-gallon feeder wells. 

Mezzanine seating features good storage and can also be refrigerated. Ice feeds into the bin under the single seat to starboard from an Eskimo icemaker. Behind the mezzanine seating to port is a deep chest freezer, outboard, with a similarly deep refrigerator inboard. A sink with foldaway faucet is to starboard. 

The helm deck has a spacious L-shaped settee with storage to port. The helm station with teak helm pod with single lever controls sits forward to starboard. An electronics cabinet over the helm accommodates three 12-inch screens or two 15-inch screens within arms reach of the operator. Behind the single helm chair to starboard is a bench seat with storage, which optionally can be set up as with storage and a grill. 

The interior is clean and day-boat functional, and considering the restraints of space with the walk-around layout, the guys at Release made the most of it. 

Three steps down into the cabin lead to a V-berth forward with storage under. On the port side you can have a sofa settee with storage under, though our test boat had a nice raised bunk with rod locker storage under and three huge pull out storage drawers under that. The galley counter top to starboard has a two-burner cooktop, overhead microwave and storage. There’s more storage under the counter next to the refrigerator and freezer. Aft of the galley is a full head with shower, sink and vanity. On the aft bulkhead is a full sized rod locker. There is plenty of room for a crew to stay aboard while delivering the boat to a fishing spot for the season or for a couple of people to live aboard on a trip.

The Release 46 is a well thought out boat, filling a niche for the dedicated fishhead. If you are serious about your fishing and looking for a boat you can make your own, you need to look at this one.