New Fishing Boats Roundup

Here’s a look at some of the great designs you’ll be seeing on the water soon.

Boatbuilders are back in the swing of things, ramped up and again creating a boggling array of improvements and innovations in new fishing machines for the coming year. The combination of smart fishing appointments and attention to convenience and comfort yields not only a better fishing boat, but a better boat overall. Here’s a look at some of the great designs you’ll be seeing on the water soon

EdgeWater 368 CC

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 36' 8" Beam: 11' 4" Draft: 25" Weight: 8,200 lb. Fuel: 410 gal. Max hp: 900 Price: N/A edgewaterboats.com With the advanced twin-step hull design and Single Piece Infusion Technology, EdgeWater’s flagship 368 CC boosts fuel efficiency 30 to 40 percent. Serious fishing features include under-​gunwale rod racks, four flush-mount rod holders on the gunwales, a prep sink, a 70-gallon transom baitwell, a walk-through transom door and a portside swim door. The helm offers premium seating for three, with an electric adjustable captain’s chair. Forward, a 54-quart removable cooler sits under the console seat. There’s mezzanine seating for three, 225 quarts of storage or cooler space, and a U-shaped bow lounge with cushioned backrests. For extended trips, the 368 CC is equipped with a 42-gallon hot and cold freshwater system, and boasts a large console cabin with microwave, refrigerator and convertible double-berth dinette with adjustable seating and table, as well as a concealed electric head. This EdgeWater is available with triple Yamaha F300s or twin F350s.

Mako 214 CC

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 21' 5" Beam: 8' 6" Draft: 14" Weight: 3,100 lb. Fuel: 92 gal. Max hp: 250 Price: $52,995 w/ Mercury 200 XL Verado mako-boats.com This new midsize center console has the offshore fishing pedigree but remains versatile enough for nearshore family fun. With a length of 21 feet, 5 inches and an 8-foot-6-inch beam, the 214 CC is stable and roomy. Powered by a 250 hp outboard, this Mako is also fast enough to reach distant fishing hot spots and has the range to take the kids out for a long cruise. The boat offers abundant storage throughout, with a spacious deck. It comes rigged with a canvas T-top and a range of fishing-related features, including under-gunwale storage for six rods, leaning post with vertical rod holders, large insulated fish boxes with ­overboard drainage, a pair of ­flush-mount rod holders on the gunwales, a 13-gallon aerated livewell and more. The console provides ample space for electronics and ­instrumentation, and the two-tone high-density marine-grade vinyl ­upholstery protects again­st UV rays and is stain-resistant. The 214 CC is backed by Mako ­Assurance ­Warranty.

Yellowfin 24 Bay Carbon Elite

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 24' 10" Beam: 8' 6" Draft: 12" Weight: 2,400 lb. Fuel: 72 gal. Max hp: 350 Price: $95,563 w/ 300 Verado yellowfinyachts.com The Carbon Elite model takes the immensely popular Yellowfin 24 Bay to an entirely new level of performance. The 100 ­percent vinylester resin infused into a carbon-fiber roving specifically formulated for this hull cuts the hull weight by 25 percent, yielding a shallower draft, increased fuel economy and more top-end speed. A sure favorite among charter captains for its dedicated fishing features, stability and excellent seakeeping qualities in a range of conditions, the 24 Bay racks 10 rods securely and allows plenty of customization, with a huge dash for an extensive electronics suite, an optional console tower, and a range of interior and seating configurations. There’s an additional charge for the Carbon Elite model, of course, but the price includes a full package: engine, jack plate, 8-foot Power-Pole and a tandem-axle trailer.

Sea Born FX24 Bay

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 23' 9" Beam: 8' 6" Draft: 12" Weight: 2,200 lb. Fuel: 72 gal Max hp: 300 Price: $28,976 w/out power seabornboats.com The latest addition to Sea Born’s FX series, the FX24 Bay is packed with features for the demanding angler. There’s a Sea Freeze 84-quart molded icebox, a 32-quart aerated baitwell under the console seat, a 35-quart aerated baitwell with clear lid at aft center and an 80-quart fish box, also aerated, that doubles as a release well to port. For smarter, easier access to all under-seat wells, the FX24 includes a newly developed double jump-seat hinge. Also standard are tilt steering, a removable console windshield, folding console grab rail, a glove box for phone and gadget storage with a power port, trolling motor harness and plug, an in-deck cast-net well, a leaning post with rocket launcher and tackle tray, and raw-water washdown. There’s also plenty of rod storage. This Sea Born comes with six vertical rod holders on the console, four flush-mount on the gunwales, in addition to horizontal racks with covers under the gunwales.

SeaVee 270Z

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 27' Beam: 9' 1" Draft: 15" Weight: 3,000 lb. Fuel: 98 gal. Max hp: 450 Price: $104,000 w/ Mercury 300 Verado seaveeboats.com 9-foot-1-inch beam, and huge fore and aft casting decks, the 270Z offers remarkable stability and room for five anglers. The hull gets up quickly and stays on plane at slow speeds, incorporating elements like speed rails to keep it tracking properly, and a sweeping sheer line and bow flare to minimize spray. The 270Z draws just 15 inches, and with the motor mounted on a jack plate, it comfortably runs in 2 feet of water. An optional pad on the bow enables mounting a trolling motor, with room for the batteries under a removable floor in the 107-gallon central stowage locker in the foredeck. The long list of features also includes a pair of 75-gallon overboard-draining fish boxes, twin lockable rod lockers to stow four sticks up to 9 feet long on each side, vertical storage for 10 rods along the console sides, and a pressurized 30-gallon livewell and a pair of 17-gallon release wells under the aft ­casting deck.

Stamas 370 Aegean

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 37' Beam: 11' 2" Draft: 21" Weight: 13,700 lb. w/ twin Yamaha F300s Fuel: 350 gal. Max hp: 900 Price: $252,840 w/ twin Yamaha 300HPs stamas.com The latest addition to the versatile Aegean lineup, the Stamas 370 is sized for easy solo handling yet roomy enough for weekend outings and overnighting. Helm placement gives the skipper instant access to the cockpit, bait-prep station and livewell. Aft seating folds up for more of an unhindered cockpit. Beneath the starboard seat, a 57-quart insulated cooler drains overboard; under the port seat sits a similarly configured 71-quart insulated box, complementing the aft 147-quart fish box. An oversize transom door makes short work of landing fish, and a transom shower facilitates cooldowns and cleanup. Ten rod holders, six in the covering boards and four on the T-top, come standard. Belowdecks, berths and a well-appointed galley provide for overnighting in comfort. Twin Yamaha 300s push it to the 50 mph mark, or you can cruise economically in the mid-30s. Power options include triple 300s or twin 350s.

Pathfinder 2600 TRS

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 26' 2" Beam: 8' 10" Draft: 15" Weight: 3,350 lb. w/ Yamaha F300 Fuel: 78 gal. Max hp: 350 Price: $93,105 w/ Yamaha F300XCA pathfinderboats.com Take your guests out for an evening of island-hopping or to dinner in style and comfort, then win a fishing tournament the next day with the high-performance Pathfinder 2600 TRS. Amid the creature comforts, cushioned seating for 10 includes aft deck seats with flip-up backrests, and the forward deck converts to a lounge area worthy of a dual-console boat. The console’s fully finished step-down interior with optional pump-out potty and standard deluxe helm seating provides comfort and convenience. And when it comes to fishing features, Pathfinder’s angling legacy shines through. The 2600 TRS offers lockable rod storage, integrated forward console seating and cooler, raw-water and freshwater washdowns, a 36-gallon livewell and full trolling motor capability.

Regulator 41

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 41' 3" Beam: 12' 6" Draft: 32" Weight: 19,700 lb. w/ triple Yamaha F350s Fuel: 600 gal. Max hp: 1,400 Price: $595,995 w/ triple Yamaha F350s and Helm Master regulatormarine.com The new 41 from Regulator is a luxury sport-fisher with the appointments to live the offshore life. Below deck, the 41 holds double berths, a full galley, and enclosed shower and head. Topside, the big Regulator offers a wealth of features, including a convertible sun-bed table, forward seats with flip-up backrests, and built-in coolers in the mezzanine seating behind the helm. There’s a starboard dive door with built-in recessed swim ladder and a 60-gallon freshwater system for washdown, and a transom shower. For the serious angler, the Regulator offers a long list of features, including a giant 624-quart center-forward fish box, an 84-gallon transom fish box, a convertible casting platform, a tackle storage center designed for fishing efficiency and two 40-gallon livewells on the transom. The boat comes with a dual-station tower and a choice of triple or quad Yamaha F350 outboards.

Barker 26 Calibogue Bay

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 25' 6" Beam: 9' 3" Draft: 16" Weight: 4,250 lb. w/ power Fuel: 90 gal. Max hp: 400 Price: $128,000 w/ Mercury 300 Verado Pro and AmeraTrail trailer barkerboatworks.com Long on convenience and performance, the stepped-hull 26 Calibogue Bay from Barker Boatworks offers nearly endless features for anglers. The bow platform, which easily accommodates a trolling motor, incorporates a 15-gallon livewell and sits over voluminous storage, with room for batteries, cast nets, buckets and other gear. A 50-gallon macerated fish box in the sole also converts to a livewell. On the aft deck, Barker eliminated the splashwell, replacing it with a 45-gallon livewell, and mounted the motor on a jack plate for improved shallow running. In between, the console boasts enough dash for a 19-inch monitor, yet preserves ample walk-around space to follow a hooked fish. The helm seat sits over more storage and carries six rod holders across the backrest. There’s additional storage for four rods under the 11-inch covering boards, and the hinged front of the console opens to a step-down head compartment.

WORLD CAT 320 DC

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 32' 2" Beam: 10' 6" Draft: 16" Weight: 11,600 lb. Fuel: 242 gal. Max hp: 600 Price: $340,433 w/ Yamaha F300 and Command Link worldcat.com The new 320 DC (dual-console) catamaran from World Cat does triple duty as an offshore fishing machine, a picnic boat and an island cruiser. Dual air-conditioned cabins host a double berth and a full stand-up head. With 40 square feet of open cockpit, a side door to starboard, rod holders and a 40-gallon livewell in the aft port corner, it’s smartly set up for fishing. The transom door is offset to port and leads onto the platform between the engines, and there’s a hot and cold cockpit shower. The hardtop features overhead white lights, with red for night navigation. The adjustable portside seat module configures in a variety of arrangements. The 320 DC entertainment center comes complete with electric grill, food-prep area and sink. With dual 300 hp four-stroke outboards, it tops out at over 50 mph, or cruises at 28 mph for a 400-mile range.

Boston Whaler 320 Vantage

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 32' 1" Beam: 10' 4" Draft: 22" Weight: 8,900 lb. Fuel: 275 gal. Max hp: 700 Price: $270,351 w/ twin Mercury 250 Verados bostonwhaler.com The 320 Vantage represents the next evolution in dual-console capability. The portside companion area features two spacious benches with multiple configurations: facing forward or aft, combined to form a huge sun lounge, with bolsters up, and with or without the aft ottoman engaged. The new cockpit sunshade deploys electronically from the hardtop to extend protection and shade all the way to the convertible aft bench. At the helm, a state-of-the-art VesselView display and available Raymarine electronics offer integrated control. The cockpit utility center with electric grill, fridge and sink for entertaining can be swapped out for an optional fishing-­centric tackle and bait-prep station. The 320 Vantage also features a starboard dive door with a removable stainless-steel ladder for easy water access. Generous port and starboard console compartments boast a convertible berth and a well-equipped head.

North Rip 30

SPECIFICATIONS Length: 30'0" Beam: 9'9" Draft: 19" Weight: 3,350 lb. Fuel: 300 gal. Max hp: 600 Price: $224,900 w/ twin Yamaha V6 3.3L four stroke. northripboat.com The North Rip 30 is built for fishing, from the layout and design, to rod holders to the monstrous fish lockers and live wells, with the recreational as well as the tournament fisherman in mind. A walk-through tuna door in the transom eases landing of big fish, while, 48 cubic feet of macerated and insulated fish lockers keep the catch fresh. Lockable rod storage secures gear, and a standard 42-gallon live well may be augmented with the additional of two optional livewells. Stand features include saltwater washdowns both fore and aft, full-length coaming bolsters, T-top with port and starboard side big game hoisting points and molded fiberglass canopy with overhead storage box, enclosed, ventilated head area with portable marine head and much more. The aggressive the 22-degree deep V hull offers speed, safety, and top fuel efficiency and the infusion molding system creates a hull that’s more than tough enough to handle whatever the elements throw at you.