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7 Custom Sportfishing Boats That Crushed The Competition

By Robert Bowman | Posted On May 31, 2022
Updated On Jun 08, 2022

Part of the fun at any major offshore fishing tournament is to walk the docks and admire the different boats that are competing. Boats of all lengths, ages, and capabilities are tied up next to each other, their cockpits on display as if they were Roman chariots anticipating the battle that will soon commence. Teak decks, polished fighting chairs, and rocket launchers filled with fishing rods signal the preparation that has gone into getting ready for combat. 

While anglers move from yacht to yacht, it's the custom sportfishing boats that pause those admiring the vessels for an extra few seconds. Custom sportfish are one-of-a-kind, hand-built to the owner's preferences, and can take years to fully build. While production sportfish might go just as fast or be similarly equipped, there's something special about a custom boat that separates it from the pack. It's meant to be admired.

Our team of sportfishing yacht brokers are experts when it comes to the different builders, the nuances of owning a custom boat, and the brokerage market. They have competed alongside legendary anglers, won tournaments themselves, and been captains on aboard well-known vessels. If you are looking to purchase a custom boat, or sell your existing one, please contact our main office today at 1-772-463-3131 and we will connect you with one of our sportfishing experts. In the meantime, please enjoy these 7 amazing, custom built yachts that are currently for sale.


1.) "SILKY" - Jim Smith 85

Designed for speed, efficiency, sea handling, and multi-night fishing trips, this 2006 Jim Smith 85 is ready to help you win your next tournament. Powered with twin diesel MTU 16V2000-M91’s that have 2000HP each, you can expect some serious muscle when the throttle gets pushed down. The cockpit is loaded down with features including large fish boxes, multiple live-wells, pneumatic opening tackle center, Eskimo ice machine, and much more. You and your crew will want to fish endlessly thanks to the spacious 4-cabin, 4-head layout with additional crew quarters. Click the link below for more information or see what other Jim Smith Boats are on the market.



2.) "EL CHUPACABRA" - Merritt Boatworks 80

This 80-foot custom sportfish built by Merritt Boats is #6 of 8 vessels produced by the legendary shipyard in this specific hull and is #83 overall. Merritt is widely known as a leader in using high-quality composite materials in their construction, improving the boat's weight, speed, handling, and performance. Cruising at 29 knots and topping out at 36 knots, the twin MTU 2000HP engines have been regularly serviced and are in great shape. The full-sized master suite has a double door entry and your guests will rest comfortably in one of the other three staterooms. Click the link below for more information or see what other Merritt Yachts are currently on the brokerage market.



3.) "MS. MALAE - Custom Carolina 64'

This Lightning Boatworks 64 is about as custom of a sportfishing vessel as you are going to find. Powered with twin CAT C-32 1675HP engines, MS. MALAE sees a comfortable cruising speed of 34 knots with a maximum speed of 42 knots. The 1,700 gallon fuel capacity makes sure you can fish longer while the air-conditioned, shaded mezzanine ensures your guests can watch the action in total comfort. The 238-square foot cockpit is loaded down with storage, live-wells, rocket launchers and more. For more information on MS. MALAE click the link below.



4.) "KAHUNA" - Buddy Davis 61

buddy davis 61 sportfish

The legendary 61’ Buddy Davis is well known for its soft ride and spacious interior. Featuring a 3 stateroom/3 head layout with full tower, this custom boat is a perfect size for tournament fishing or extended trips to the islands. The large “Carolina Flair” gives the vessel a ride like no other with a soft re-entry while providing a very fuel efficient dry ride. Some recent upgrades on this 1987 custom sportfish include new CAT C-18 engines with warranty, new Onan generator, new Seakeeper, new Garmin electronics, and much more to list. Click the link below for more information or see what other Buddy Davis Yachts are available on the brokerage market.



5.) "OHHH BOY" - Merritt 58'

Built by the most talented craftsmen in the industry using the finest materials available coupled with the most reliable Caterpillar 3412 motors it's a winning combination. Longstanding family-owned and operated Merritt Boat and Engine Works in Pompano Beach, Florida master carpenters and craftsmen build the stunning interiors with custom cabinetry, furnishings, mezzanine wings and varnished Teak trim, typical features of Merritt’s classic, elegant look and feel that garner admiring looks in marinas all over the world. Features include two Seakeeper gyros, four on-deck custom live-wells, Bluewater rocket launchers, and the list goes on. 




6.) "IT'S ON" - G&S Boats 57

G&S Boats are well-known internationally for building custom, one-of-a-kind sportfishing yachts and "IT'S ON" is no exception. Having undergone major refits in both 2014 and 2018. the list of updates and improvements is lengthy. This boat is truly turnkey and ready to fish with twin Cummins QSM11 engines. Other updates include new generator, refrigeration, teak deck, appliances, electronics, and much more. For more information on this custom sportfish, please click the link below or see what other G&S Boats are available on the brokerage market.




7.) "TITTIES AND BEER" - Custom Carolina 47'

custom carolina sportfish 47

Custom Carolina boats feature a huge sharp entry bow with extreme flare and a broken sheerline that steps down about where the cabin and cockpit meet. The deep-V hull transitions to a shallower or flat bottom aft, and the flared bow transitions to tumblehome (narrower above waterline) aft. These design features allow the vessel to cut through and deflect waves for a drier softer ride, along with speed and efficiency. The composite plank on frame construction helps keep the vessel’s weight down for greater speed and less draft. The high freeboard at the bow helps the boat take on rough seas.


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