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Top Sportfishing Boats For Sale In 2023

By Robert Bowman | Posted On Dec 09, 2022
Updated On Sep 12, 2023

The popularity of offshore fishing has never been greater as many billfish tournaments are seeing record participation. In 2022, the White Marlin Open had over 400 boats participate while the Big Rock Blue Marlin saw record payouts from 266 boats. Because of the surge in new boat owners we have seen recently and the passion that the sport holds, the market has been lower-than-average in terms of available inventory. Late-model, well-maintained boats typically have moved very fast, sometimes even coming under contract before hitting the market and selling for more than the asking price.

As we enter 2023, more boats are becoming available and the U.S. yacht brokerage market overall has seen an over 40% increase in listings. United Yacht Sales has a team of expert brokers that specialize in this segment of the market. If you're looking for a sportfishing boat for sale, or want to sell your existing one, contact us today at 1-772-463-3131 and we will connect you with the right broker for your specific needs. We also have experts on our team that specialize in the sale and build of custom sportfishing yachts.

This list of top sportfishing boats on the market today will be continually updated throughout 2023:



merritt 86 owls nest

You can see sportfish broker Greg Graham's eyes light up when he starts talking about his listings OWLS NEST, a 2018 Merritt 86 Convertible. "This is one of the baddest boats on the planet," says Greg, and he is right. Hull #105 for Merritt Yachts, OWLS NEST is constructed and outfitted to fish anywhere in the world. It features redundant systems, has the Jastram Steering System (normally used on superyachts or commercial boats), state-of-the-art electronics, luxury accommodations, and so much more. This is a must-see sportfish for any serious tournament contender.

Broker: Greg Graham, 305-522-4739



Paul Mann 81 sportfish

The 81-foot Paul Mann is the largest build from the North Carolina based shipyard and certainly one of the most intriguing. The 23-foot beams provides an incredible platform, inside and out, for Paul Mann to create the best spaces from bow to stern. Powered with twin MTU 2400HP engines with low hours and all services up-to-date, this is a tournament workhorse that delivers a smooth, dry ride. Even the interior is acclaimed, having won the grand prize at the 7th annual Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge for its elegant, yet lightweight interior. For sportfishing yachts over 80-feet, GEORGIA GIRL should be on your short list.

Broker: Christopher Cooke, 772-631-7702



Merritt 72 SIR REEL

It's hard to beat the quality, style, and craftsmanship found in every boat that comes out of the Merritt Boatworks shipyard. Hull #91 is named SIR REEL and is a 2009 72' Convertible that is ready to immediately start fishing. Constructed with vacuum-bagged, resin-infused composite coring for a lighter weight and powered with twin MTU 2,400HP engines, SIR REEL has serious power. Other notable features include a 4-cabin layout, double generators, Eskimo ice maker, and much more.

Broker: Greg Graham, 305-522-4739



custom carolina 64 sportfish

It's hard to beat the bow flaring-style of a custom carolina sportfish. This 64-foot battle-wagon was built by Lightning Boatworks, a custom sportfish builder located in the Jarrett Bay Yachts Industrial Park where there is an acute attention to quality and details. Powered with CAT C-32 1,675HP engines, the Lightning Boats 64 can reach 42 knots and cruises comfortably in the mid-30 knot range. Some of the notable features on this boat include MIYA Epoch teaser reels, the 238-square foot cockpit, the 3-cabin/3-head layout, Garmin electronics and much more on the list.

Broker: Greg Graham, 305-522-4739



Viking 61

It's hard to argue that a sportfish isn't the right boat for you when it's a proven tournament winner. DEVOTION, a 2003 Viking 61 Convertible, is just that having won the Gulf Coast Triple Crown back in 2021. Featuring a bevy of updated equipment and recent service, this well-maintained 61C is ready to fish and cruise as soon as you are. A Garmin electronics suite and autopilot was added in 2022, along with other updates including new bottom paint, hull sides paint, top side paint, new props, new radar, and the list continues.

Broker: Matt Parson, 251-599-1309



F and S Custom Carolina

Recently listed, this gorgeous 2020 F&S 61 is being sold so that the owner can move up to a new, larger F&S. This boat was custom designed to accommodate the owner's tall height throughout the interior so you have an incredible amount of headroom in the cabins. The teak cockpit is the perfect area for the exhilarating moments when a fish is on and the comfortable mezzanine offers the perfect seating to watch the action unfold. There is currently an 8-year wait time for a new F&S so this is an excellent option for anyone that wants a custom sportfish now.

Broker: Greg Graham, 305-522-4739



viking 60 convertible gigabyte

Some models are proven winners right from the start and end up being very successful for the builder. Such is the case with GIGABYTE 2, a 2010 60 Convertible built by Viking Yachts. This 60C is powered with the twin MAN 1,800HP engines with 3,700 hours that effortlessly cruise at around 30 knots. Other notable features include a Seakeeper 16, Palm Beach Tuna Tower, two generators, gorgeous teak interior, and has an excellent service history.

Broker: Brian Strauss, 610-585-0695



cool daddio viking 60

If you're considering a Viking 60 Convertible and want one with all of the top options, look no further than COOL DADDIO. Conveniently located for sale in Lighthouse Point, Florida, this 60C has the popular 3-stateroom, 3-head layout along with new soft goods throughout. Also worth mentioning is the Seakeeper 16, new Garmin electronics, new countertops, a SpotZero system, FLIR, double generators, and more on the list you have to see.

Broker: Marcus Raiano, 954-708-9240



hatteras gt59 yacht

This is a Hatteras factory demo that is now being offered for sale through United Yacht Sales. This 2023 Hatteras GT59 has less than 300 hours on twin CAT C-32 1,900BHP engines. Other features on board include a Seakeeper 16 gyro, a 3-cabin/3-head layout, Release Marine helm chairs, twin Kohler 24kW generators, full Tuna Tower, Garmin electronics, and more. Contact the broker for the complete list of specifications, equipment, and optional equipment included on the boat.

Broker: Scott White, 609-780-0309



viking 48 chairman

If you're in the market for an easily managed sportfish that can take you farther and more comfortably than a similarly-sized center-console, than CHAIRMAN is a must-see Viking on the market. This 2018 48 Sport Tower is the most extensively equipped one built by the American-based sportfish shipyard. This is virtually a new boat (just over 1,000 hours) with all of the right options.

Broker: Greg Graham, 305-522-4739


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