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Top Sport-Fishing Tenders

We look at a dozen sport-fishing tenders ready to chase fish from the flats to the deep.

August 3, 2021
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Albemarle 30
Albemarle 30 Courtesy Albemarle

Albemarle 30

North Carolina-based Albemarle says it designed the 30 to have a “custom Carolina look.” Length overall on this boat is 33 feet, 6 inches, and hull deadrise is 24 degrees for slicing through seas.

For the fight: There are a pair of 56-gallon fish boxes in the cockpit, along with a 25-gallon cooler/icebox.

The dance floor: The cockpit measures 64 square feet.  

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Dine aboard in style: Owners can opt for a cherry dinette with a high-low table.

Grady-White Canyon 336
Grady-White Canyon 336 Courtesy Grady-White

Grady-White Canyon 336

This boat has Grady-White’s SeaV2 hull, whose deadrise continually sharpens from the transom to the bow stemfor comfort underway, at rest and while trolling.

How about that view? The full-height, all-glass windshield allows for solid lines of sight.

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Extra protection: The fiberglass T-top, combined with the windshield, eliminates the need for side curtains and helps to extend the cruising season by keeping the skipper comfortable.

Standard fish boxes: There’s two 204-quart insulated boxes under the seating at the bow, along with a 291-quart box aft.  

Clear the decks: The aft bench seat folds out of the way when a fish is on.

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Everglades 455CC
Everglades 455CC Courtesy Everglades Boats

Everglades 455CC

This flagship in the Everglades Boats lineup has a built-in Garmin system that allows touchscreen monitoring of engine performance, navigation, lighting and more.

Standard power: quad 425 hp Yamaha outboards

Reported top speed: about 50 knots

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Fuel capacity: 685 gallons

Approximate range at cruise speed: 400 nautical miles  

Construction: High-density, closed-cell, structural foam flotation is used, along with a mated hull liner and deck for a rigid one-piece build. Aluminum framework is done in-house. (It’s sandblasted and then powder-coated.) Wire harnesses also are made in-house.

Pursuit S 428
Pursuit S 428 Courtesy Pursuit Boats

Pursuit S 428

This is the Pursuit center-console Sport series flagship. It’s the builder’s largest boat to date, as well as the most powerful, with quad Yamaha 425 hp XTO engines. Top speed, according to the builder, is more than 51 knots. The sweet spot is about 27 knots, where range is 351 nautical miles.

Fish on: There are 12 rod holders, 36-gallon transom livewells, three fish boxes totaling 134 gallons, and a cockpit tackle center.

Want downriggers? The boat comes with aluminum reinforcement plates as well as wiring, so it’s ready for installation.

Easy rider: A Zipwake trim-control system is standard, with automatic pitch-and-roll control.

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless
Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless Courtesy Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler 250 Dauntless

The 250 Dauntless is built to be used however families choose to use it: for fishing, watersports, offshore cruising or just about anything else.

For the anglers: Fishing features include a standard 35-gallon stern livewell, abow fish box, rod holders and leaning-post options. There is lockable stowage forward for 7-foot fishing rods.

For the swimmers: The swim platform has an angled ladder to make re-boarding safer and quicker, including in a current.

For the family’s comfort: The head has an enlarged door for easier entry, and the portand starboard bow seating forward has folding backrests.

Regulator 34CC
Regulator 34CC Courtesy Regulator Boats

Regulator 34CC

The Regulator 34CC is available with twin or triple outboard engine packages, the Yamaha Helm Master EX system, and a Seakeeper 2.

Fishing features: There’s a 42-gallon transom livewell, a 220-quart transom fish box, a tackle center with a rigging station, and optional Taco Grand Slam 390 outriggers.

Stay cool: Owners can add a forward sunshade and a cockpit SureShade.

Rest up: Belowdecks, the berth is sized to fit two people.

Scout 425 LXF
Scout 425 LXF Courtesy Scout Boats

Scout 425 LXF

The Scout 425 LXF has an epoxy-infused hull with carbon fiber and E-glass for structural stability.

Move it: Articulating rocket launchers mounted on the hardtop can be raised or lowered with the push of a button.

Second-row seating: There are three captain-style helm chairs in addition to guest seating just abaft them.

On balance: A Seakeeper 5 is standard.

At dinnertime: A grill, sink and cutting board are ready for the day’s catch.

Solace 41CS
Solace 41CS Courtesy Solace

Solace 41CS

With a 48-degree deadrise at the bow and a 23-degree deadrise at the transom, the Solace 41CS has a stepped hull that is designed to cut through big seas to the fish-filled canyons.

Cockpit space: 83 square feet, so more than one angler can move around comfortably when the fish are biting.

Where to put ‘em: The forward fish box measures 47 gallons, while the two fish boxes aft are each 82 gallons. A pair of 50-gallon livewells is also built into the setup.

Comfort features: There’s an enclosed shower and head for overnights, and the electric windshield opens to let the fresh air flow. The 16,000 Btu air conditioning extends to the helm.

Invincible 46 Cat
Invincible 46 Cat Courtesy Invincible Boats

Invincible 46 Cat

This 45-foot, 11-inch boat is the biggest catamaran that Florida-based Invincible offers. It has the company’s semi-asymmetrical design, can be outfitted with quad Yamaha or Mercury outboards from 300 to 450 hp, and can be upgraded with Mercury VesselView.

Built to hook fishing fans: More than 1,000 gallons of fish-box stowage is aboard. Other features include below-gunwale lighting and 360-degree walk-around fishability on deck. Built-in tuna tubes and in-sole livewells can be added.

Beat the heat: The boat can be ordered with forward and aft Bahama shades, as well as covers for the console and leaning post.

400CC-X
World Cat 400CC-X Courtesy World Cat

World Cat 400CC-X

The 400CC-X is the center-console flagship for World Cat, as well as a sistership to the builder’s dual-console model. At 39 feet, 8 inches of length overall,the 400CC-X has a beam of 12 feet, 8 inches, creating more than 200 square feet of usable deck space for fighting fish.

Tuna door: It’s to port and opens inward for helping to land a big catch.  

Holding areas: In-deck insulated fish boxes are standard to port and starboard, with an optional 60-gallon livewell. Outriggers can also be added. 

Power up: The boat can be ordered with twin Yamaha XF425 engines or quad 300s, along with Yamaha’s Helm Master EX joystick-control steering.

Valhalla V-41
Valhalla V-41 Courtesy Valhalla Boatworks

Valhalla V-41

Power options are aplenty on the Valhalla V-41: quad Mercury 300s, 400s or 450Rs; triple Yamaha 425s; or triple Mercury 400s or 450Rs. Each package can include joystick control and GPS station-keeping to make helm duties easier.

Choices, choices: The V-41′s transom holds a 90-gallon livewell, and owners can add a raised livewell into the forward lounge. An in-deck livewell can be added in the cockpit too.

Get on up: Palm Beach Towers (a subsidiary of Viking Yachts, which builds the Valhalla) offers an optional gap tower with a custom hardtop as well as an upper helm station.

Portside dive door: Swings inboard 180 degrees.

Jupiter 32
Jupiter 32 Courtesy Jupiter Marine

Jupiter 32

Florida-based Jupiter Marine builds the 32 for use as a dayboat with the family or as a superyacht tender. The design has an elevated aesthetic.

Power package: Yamaha F300 outboards. Draft with the engines down is 3 feet.

Sexy seating: Release Marine teak helm chairs are standard.

Swing-in dive door: It’s to port, for helping to land the big one or getting swimmers and divers back on board easily.

Tunes: A Fusion stereo is standard.

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