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Stunning Boats of the South Carolina Governor's Cup Series

A photo gallery dedicated to the amazing vessels from this year's series

Each year, South Carolina welcomes some of the most beautiful sport-fishing boats in the world for the annual Governor's Cup Billfishing Series. Below is a gallery of photos showcasing 29 boats in this year's fleet. Gryphon was the winning boat for this year's series, but each owner can be proud of their vessels when they roll into any marina in the world.

Since Gryphon won this year's Governor's Cup, it is listed first; the others are listed alphabetically by name.

 

Gryphon sport-fishing boat South Carolina

Gryphon, a 60-foot Hatteras, blasts through the water. The team released 13 sailfish and eight blue marlin during the 2017 South Carolina Governor's Cup.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Fleet Statistics

• Spencer Yachts had the most boats, with seven. Ricky Scarborough (four) and Hatteras (three) were second and third.
• Of the 29 boats, 12 were at least 60 feet.
• The smallest boat in the fleet was 33 feet long. Only two sport-fishers dropped below 50 feet.
Voodoo Child was the fleet's largest boat, at 72 feet.

 

Anticipation sport-fishing boat

Anticipation, a 61-foot Spencer, shows her Carolina lines.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Artemis fishing team

Artemis, a 50-foot Sea Island, idles in.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Blue Sky sport-fishing boat

Blue Sky is a 60-foot Spencer.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Big Sky sport-fishing boat

Big Sky is a 59-foot Spencer with owner/operator Jim Johnston at the helm.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Chasin sport-fishing boat

Chasin, the second 60-foot Spencer of the fleet.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Chasin sport-fishing boat

A shot of Chasin from astern as she idles through the South Carolina waters.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Dem Boys fishing boat

Dem Boys is a new 62-foot Ricky Scarborough.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

El Tejano fishing boat

El Tejano, a 66-foot Spencer, is one of the largest Spencer boats in the fleet.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Electric Bill fishing boat

Electric Bill, a 53-foot Jarrett Bay, coming at you.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Flyboy IV fishing boat

Flyboy IV is a 55-foot Hatteras.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Flyboy IV fishing boat

Another shot of Flyboy IV at the docks.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Frayed Knot fishing boat

Frayed Knot, a 59-foot Chadwick, sports a beautiful green bottom paint.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Game On fishing team

Game On, a 66-foot Spencer. Her owners landed the largest blue marlin in the 2017 Governor's Cup.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Home Run fishing boat

Home Run, a 61-foot Spencer, flies past the camera.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Home Run fishing boat

Another shot of Home Run.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Jack Pot fishing boat

Jackpot, a 63-foot Ricky Scarborough.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Legal Holiday fishing boat

Legal Holiday is a 48-foot Ocean Yachts.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Major Motion fishing boat

A 51-foot Monterey, Major Motion has one of the more unique hull colors in the fleet.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Micabe sport-fishing boat

Micabe is a beautiful 55-footer from Jarrett Bay Boatworks in North Carolina.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Miss Wy fishing team

Miss Wy, a 53-foot Ricky Scarborough, qualified for the 2017 Marlin Madness fan-voting tournament.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Miss Wy fishing team

Miss Wy makes her way to the fishing grounds.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Mister Pete fishing boat

Mister Pete, a 58-foot C&L, finished in second place in this year's Governor's Cup series.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

My Three Sons fishing boat

My Three Sons, a 63-foot Garlington, cranking out the horsepower.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

My Three Sons fishing boat

A close-up shot of My Three Sons.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Petrel fishing boat

Petrel is a 53-foot Sportsman.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Rascal fishing boat

A look at Rascal, a 50-foot Hatteras and Marlin Madness fan-voting tournament qualifier.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Salty Maintenance sport-fishing boat

Salty Maintenance, a 33-foot Hydra-Sports, was the smallest boat in this year's fleet.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Salty Maintenance sport-fishing boat

Another look at Salty Maintenance.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Sportsman fishing boat

Sportsmann, a 56-foot Paul Mann, shows off her powder blue hullsides.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Summer Girl fishing boat

Summer Girl is a 57-foot Sea Island.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Syked Out fishing team

Syked Out, a 56-footer from Viking Yachts, was another Marlin Madness qualifier.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Toast fishing team

Toast, a 57-foot Dean Johnson, finished in third place overall in the Governor's Cup series.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Voodoo Child fishing boat

Voodoo Child, a 72-foot Ricky Scarborough, was the fleet's largest sport-fisher.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

Wildlife fishing boat

Wildlife is a 60-foot Paul Mann.

Cameron Rhodes / South Carolina Governor's Cup

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