What is it with New Jersey boatbuilders? They all have such family histories in building boats – histories that go back generations and, in some cases, long before the American Revolution.
Jack Henriques came to America from Portugal some 50 or 60 years ago, bringing with him the knowledge gained from his parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, who were all boatbuilders.
As an immigrant, Henriques earned his stripes by working with a number of established boatbuilders in Maine and New Jersey until striking out on his own in 1977. Today, Jack Henriques’ daughters and son-in-law run the family operation, hoping to someday pass it on to their children.
Henriques represents one of those “insider” companies, a marque that experienced boaters might know and appreciate but one that the general public may not recognize. Henriques boats qualify as no-nonsense workhorses. Sure, they have more aesthetic considerations today than they used to, but what they are really known for is taking you safely and comfortably far offshore and bringing you back in one piece.
The newest member of the Henriques family, the 42 Sportfisherman, debuted at the recent Atlantic City Boat Show in February. Following the lines of the successful 38-footer, the 42 offers outstanding fishing ability, along with a more elegant interior and a wider choice of interior options.
All Henriques boats consist of hand-laid solid-fiberglass hulls, bronze thru-hulls with seacocks and Awlgripped bilges. The flybridge, with captain and companion seats, also accommodates guests on the straight settee across the console front. Belowdecks, you’ll find a semicustom boat where you dictate the stateroom layout, interior décor (Corian counters come standard) and appliances.
|LOA 42’0″ BEAM 14’9″ DRAFT 3’7″ WEIGHT 35,000 pounds (dry) FUEL 660 gallons WATER 120 gallons POWER T 700-hp Cat C-12s BASE PRICE $625,000Integrity Marine (Sales and Marketing) Margate, New Jersey 800-435-2337 www.integritymarine.com|
The work center of any Henriques is the cockpit. You rarely find Henriques owners that only cruise, though, make no mistake, these boats provide comfort and simple maintenance if that is what you choose for your family. The 42 comes with a 9-kW generator as standard equipment. It also boasts such standard fare as a tuna door, coaming pads, tackle center, fresh- and saltwater washdowns, a bait-prep station with a sink, and a plate glassed in under the deck so you can mount a fighting chair. Optional items such as a freezer/refrigerator, Bose speakers (cockpit and bridge) and a Glendenning Cablemaster for your shore-power cord can also be installed. Of course, since this is a semicustom boat, a simple conversation with the engineers makes just about anything possible.
Henriques lists standard power on the 42 as twin 700-hp Caterpillar C-12 diesels. However, you can choose the equally priced Volvo DC12 diesels at 715 hp each or the slightly less expensive Cummins QSM11 diesels at 660 hp each.
Henriques sells factory direct … sort of. A company called Integrity Marine in Margate, New Jersey, handles all the sales and marketing facets of the business, and it’s a good marriage. It leaves the Henriques family and crew free to do what they do best: build no-nonsense, traditional seagoing fish boats.