What’s the best boat to own? Tough question, we know. Well, many yachtsmen have multiple on-the-water interests, and sometimes more than one boat is the answer. (We really like those people too.) For those boaters who own larger cruising-oriented craft but also like to fish, sometimes towing or stacking a smaller tender or keeping a second boat in an angling hot spot is the answer. Whether you like to chase bonefish on the flats or billfish in blue water, there’s a boat to suit hard-core anglers and gentleman fishermen alike. Yachting has put together a well-rounded compilation of the latest crop of small and midsize, largely fishing-oriented vessels that can address virtually all of your angling pursuits. From your 16-foot shallow-water permit chaser to the 42-foot tuna tamer, chances are you’ll find the one (or two) you’re looking for within these pages. Happy hunting.
The boats in this flotilla work well as both stand-alone fishing platforms or tenders for a larger yacht.
01. EdgeWater 388CC
For more than two decades, EdgeWater Power Boats has offered anglers myriad choices in fishing boats ranging from 14 feet to 38 feet. Its flagship 388CC is aimed at the run-and-gun crowd. This center-console features a Michael Peters-designed variable deadrise hull form born for wave slicing. She’s beamy enough at 11 feet to be stable when slow-trolling baits or drift-fishing, but not so much that she pounds in a seaway. To ensure that her ride is solid, the 388CC has a fiberglass hull built with EdgeWater’s single-piece infusion process. Airex coring helps stiffen the structure while reducing weight. Once on the grounds, she’s quite fishable, thanks to full walk-around room, standard 500-quart in-deck fish boxes, a 66-gallon in-transom livewell, 55-quart cooler stowage and a 64-quart foredeck fish box. There’s plenty of room to ice down those kingfish, dolphin and tuna. Custom options include a teak console package and Imron hull color. For easy docking, a bow thruster and joystick control are also available. And you can choose twin or triple Yamaha outboards. South Carolina fisherman Joe Bailey is a three-time EdgeWater owner who puts about 400 hours on his 388CC in a typical season. He says he’s happy with his choice of boat: “The quality of the build in all three boats has just been flawless.” He’s also been pleased with service at both the builder and local levels. And for someone who makes regular runs of 60-plus miles in search of tuna, wahoo, kingfish and marlin, that’s pretty important. EdgeWater Power Boats, 386-426-5457; ewboats.com
SPECS LOA: 37’10” BEAM: 11’0” DRAFT: 1’10” DISPL.: 9,600 lb. FUEL: 340 gal. (std.); 120 gal. (opt.) ENGINES: Twin or triple Yamaha four-stroke outboards to 900 hp (max) BASE PRICE: $334,715 w/ triple 300 hp four-stroke Yamaha outboards
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