Boat Review: Hines-Farley 73

Hines-Farley ups the ante with their first 73-footer.

After building a reputation for ultra-custom, top-quality sport-fisherman with its acclaimed 47- and 63-foot models, Virginia's Hines-Farley Offshore Yachts has introduced its newest and largest design, a 73-footer.

"The 73 will be built with the same exacting custom standards and weight-to-power ratio that is the foundation of all Hines-Farley boats," says company president Sonny Hines. "But with its spacious salon, four staterooms, large cockpit and enclosed bridge, it will now offer additional comfort and flexibility for the serious fishermen and his crew."

The new boat will be built in the same fashion as its smaller cousins, consisting of Airex foam and E-glass encapsulated with vinylester resins. This process, combined with an attention to detail and quality that is tops in the industry, will result in a boat well worth the two-year wait.

The 73 will be available with two power options, either Detroit 16V 2000 series DDECs, or with three Caterpillar 3412s. Either package is projected to produce top speeds in excess of 40 knots and a cruise speed of 30 knots. With its 3,000-gallon fuel capacity, the boat will offer a 900-nautical-mile range at that 30-knot cruise. If going fast is the ultimate objective, opt for the trio of Cats and that package's projected top speed of 46 knots.