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Jim Smith Tournament Custom Boats is a company one can feel, rest assured, that experience prevails. For 30 years, John Vance, the Owner and President of Jim Smith Yachts has graced the boat industry building this fine product. Having worked with Jim Smith for some years, he then decided to acquire the company in 1989. John and his team have a handle on building the highest standard sport fishing boats and go back together to 1959 with their completion of the Boca Jima. The legacy goes on right here in the home base of United Yacht Sales - Stuart, Florida, as Jim Smith Boats continues to craft custom-built sport fishing boats one beauty at a time!

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Since the early 1900’s, the well-known, cold-molded wood construction has been successfully used and produces an extremely tough, yet light hull. This fits in perfectly when crafting speedy long-range sport fishing vessels. A Jim Smith Tournament Boat is known for its power, performance, efficiency, unique hull design, hydrodynamics, and interior layout. This one-of-a-kind Sport Fishing Yacht is built using first-class standards and time and time again meets all of its owners every need.

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Who, you may ask, was the brains of this marine industry changing boat line?

Let’s step back in time to 1906 in Cherry Log, Georgia, when a man named James Claude Smith was born. Amazing to think, his education only reached up to sixth grade, when he dropped out of school to provide for his family and took a job cutting wood. He started outboard race boats which back then hit only 20 mph. For 20 years, Smith built and raced his very own hydroplanes. He turned his racing success towards starting a line of businesses including the largest Johnson Outboard and Chris Craft dealership in the South.

In 1949, Smith retired to Florida and enjoyed his time deep sea fishing. This led him to take notice of Rybovich and Merritt brother’s sportfishing boat creations. Taking the best of their builds, he made one for himself - only with speed on his mind.

Hence, a history changer was about to be launched!

In 1959, as mentioned above, Smith’s first boat was born. Showing bits of his knowledge of airplane construction, hydroplanes, and his innovative passion, a unique brand was in the making —and all topped with the need for speed. Known in history as the first cold-molded hull, the Boca Jima, was created with double-diagonal cedar along with epoxy resin.
Having read about these epoxy resins in 'Popular Mechanics,' he thought - ‘let’s give them a whirl’!

This new creation was not only sturdy but lightweight. She could reach 44 knots in comparison with those in her class reaching only 25 knots.

Many followed suit in this style and soon Smith saw his experiment was changing the boat industry as we knew it.

As we stand ready to learn what Jim Smith Tournament Boats has up its sleeve now, we come to find they are busy building an extraordinary project, OVATION, a 100’ custom sportfish, as the owner, Jim Smith’s second boat to be launched mid-2020. Ready to trump his present baby—hull # 27 (Samurai), Ovation will be Jim Smith Tournament Boat’s largest convertible —their second largest build ever, after the 105' Marlena.

Known as ‘The Boat Builders of Stuart’, their model line-up includes two walk-arounds, a 48 and a 60 along with five sport fish —their 71, an 86, another 86 (eb), along with a 95 and finally, a 105.

Taking a look at a few of the models, we start with their 48’ Walkaround. This was designed for groups who love to fish for those big catches or take a night cruise. This user friendly, safe, 360 degree fishing machine, is the perfect boat to run offshore. A Tournament boat complete with all the features necessary for a super day fishing or a fun family outing.

To touch base on another of their popular models, built for the most discerning of customers, their 71’ Custom Convertible, “The Fish On”, is known for its extensive range and speed along with it’s extraordinary sea keeping abilities. Jim Smith Tournament Boat’s has spared no expense in creating this stunner as you’ll find in her superior interior fit and finish.

So when looking for an expertly created vessel, all custom built to each owner’s specs, turn to the builder who creates not only proven blue - water champions, but will turn heads at the docks, with their stunning lines and signature look —Jim Smith Tournament Boats!



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