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New Boats of 2022

The next generation of sport-fishing boats is nearly here, and the future looks bright

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Fast, fishable and functional: The new breed of boats like the Duffie 64 are on the leading edge of technology. Chris Rabil

With a blend of modern construction and an eye for the ­beautiful lines of the timeless classics, the new breed of sport-fishing machines ­currently in production is simply incredible. Among many notables this year are a pair of stunning 82-footers, a unique coupe design from Costa Rica, a walkaround flybridge sport-fisher and a semiproduction outboard boat.

Viking 64

Viking 64
Viking 64 Viking Yachts

On the heels of the award-winning 54 Convertible, Viking Yacht Company will unveil the second-generation 64 Convertible at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October. This four-stateroom, three-head battlewagon is poised to become another best-in-class superstar on the tournament circuit, thanks in part to an optimized hull surface designed for speed and fuel efficiency. Viking offers a variety of power options, and while the MAN 1,550 hp engines are standard, Hull No. 1 will be powered by a pair of MTU 12V2000 M96X engines rated at 2,000 hp each. The 64 will be available as an ­ enclosed-bridge model as well.

  • LOA: 63′8″
  • Beam: 18′11″
  • Draft: 5′7″
  • Displ: 99,738 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,201 gal.
  • Water: 302 gal.
  • Power: CAT, MAN or MTU

Vilano 65

Vilano 65
Vilano 65 Courtesy Vilano Boatworks

With Hull No. 1′s construction well underway, St. Augustine, Florida, builder Vilano Boatworks has started fabrication on Hull No. 2, the 65-foot Lor-A-Di. This custom cold-molded hull will feature a three-stateroom, three-head layout and will be powered by the new 1,925 hp Caterpillar C32 engines. The impressive optional equipment includes gyrostabilizers, omnidirectional sonar and a full electronics suite—the build has become a true collaboration with the Vilano team, its in-house naval architect and the boat’s owner. This is the 10th edition of the Lor-A-Di program. Delivery date is scheduled for late spring 2023.

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  • LOA: 65′2″
  • Beam: 19′1″
  • Draft: 5′5″
  • Displ: 90,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,100 gal.
  • Water: 400 gal.
  • Power: Twin 1,925 hp CAT C32

Maverick Yachts Costa Rica 45 Coupe

Maverick Yachts Costa Rica 45 Coupe
Maverick Yachts Costa Rica 45 Coupe Courtesy Maverick Yachts

One of the most highly anticipated new builds is currently underway at Maverick Yachts Costa Rica: a 45-foot coupe model. A blend of luxury and performance, the boat is being crafted for an owner based in Destin, Florida, who plans to fish the Gulf Coast tournament circuit. For this boat, a pair of 850 hp MANs will supply the power, while a Seakeeper 6 keeps things stable on the troll. The cold-molded boat will feature a tuna tower, a full Garmin electronics package, custom tuna tubes and more, including a 700-gallon fuel capacity. These boats are built in Herradura, Costa Rica.

  • LOA: 45′
  • Beam: 15′2″
  • Draft: 4′2″
  • Displ: 38,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 700 gal.
  • Water: 100 gal.
  • Power: CAT, Cummins or MAN

Titan 63

Titan 63
Titan 63 Courtesy Titan Custom Yachts

Hull No. 9 from Titan Custom Yachts, located in Bishopville, Maryland, is a cold-molded 63-footer that is being highly customized for tournament fishing from Palm Beach to Bermuda and the Northeast to the farthest reaches of the Virgin Islands. It will be powered with twin MAN 12V engines rated at 2,000 hp each, with an expected top speed of 45 knots. With 2,150 gallons of fuel, range will be exceptional. Options include an 1,800-gallon-per-day watermaker with Spot Zero, as well as redundant pumps for fresh and salt water, livewell, and tuna tubes.

  • LOA: 63′
  • Beam: 18′8″
  • Draft: 5′
  • Displ: 87,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,150 gal.
  • Water: 285 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,000 hp MAN V12

Garlington 71

Garlington 71
Garlington 71 Courtesy Garlington

Miss Behavin, the most recent build for Garlington Landeweer in Stuart, Florida, is just commencing initial sea trials as of press time. Stunning in its Awlcraft 2000 Ice Blue hull and Snow White house and deck, it sports a gorgeous genuine teak interior with a luxurious four-stateroom, three-head layout, including crew quarters. Options for the vessel, which will fish hard throughout the Pacific, include a pair of Quick 19 gyrostabilizers as well as two 30 kW gensets; its 1,900 hp MAN engines are expected to produce a cruising speed of 32 to 34 knots, with a top end of 38-plus knots.

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  • LOA: 71′
  • Beam: 19′9″
  • Draft: 5′5″
  • Displ.: 94,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,500 gal.
  • Water: 300 gal.
  • Power: Twin 1,900 hp MAN

Jim Smith 96

Jim Smith 96
Jim Smith 96 Courtesy Jim Smith Tournament Boats

One of the most impressive new builds in this year’s lineup is the 96-footer from Jim Smith Tournament Boats in Stuart, Florida. This enclosed-bridge beauty is designed with a skybridge, and is being built for an owner who fishes the highly competitive Gulf Coast tournament circuit. With 5,200 gallons of fuel, it will have the range to fish nearly any area of the Gulf without having to carry additional fuel on deck. The boat will incorporate the latest in digital switching, power management and vessel monitoring, and will also be equipped with two Kohler 40 kW generators, a Seakeeper 35 gyrostabilizer and 18 tuna tubes.

  • LOA: 96′
  • Beam: 23′
  • Draft: 5′4″
  • DISPL: 160,000 LB.
  • Fuel: 5,200 gal.
  • Water: 600 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,600 hp MTU 16V2000 M96L

Jarrett Bay 34

Jarrett Bay 34
Jarrett Bay 34 Courtesy Jarrett Bay Boatworks

Back by popular demand is the Jarrett Bay Boatworks 34-foot semiproduction walkaround express. It’s the ultimate blend of classic Carolina styling and performance (and plenty of that Jarrett Bay flare). Utilizing advanced-composite construction processes, the 34 is built with a solid fiberglass hull bottom and composite coring above the waterline to minimize weight. Closed-cell foam, composite stringers, bronze through-hulls, and a proprietary electrical-bonding system exemplify Jarrett Bay’s focus on structural durability and longevity. With numerous options and configurations available, the boat is an offshore fishing machine with exceptionally comfortable amenities for the whole family.

  • LOA: 37′
  • Beam: 11′2″
  • Draft: 2′
  • DISPL: 8,500 lb.
  • Fuel: 320 gal.
  • Water: 50 gal.
  • Power: Twin outboards

Model under redevelopment. Specs are preliminary estimations.

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Michael Rybovich & Sons 82

Michael Rybovich & Sons 82
Michael Rybovich & Sons 82 Courtesy Michael Rybovich & Sons

Next up from the storied boatbuilders at Michael Rybovich & Sons in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will be a gorgeous 82-foot convertible. This is the fourth Rybovich for this particular owner, who enjoys fishing out of Cape Cod, Massachusetts—speed and a comfortable, dry ride are extremely important qualities in his boats. Power will be provided by a pair of 2,600 hp MTU 16V2000 M96L engines for excellent performance, while twin 29 kW Onan generators supply ample onboard power when away from the dock. The boat will also sport a huge tackle room as well as a Furuno Omni sonar, and is expected to be ready for delivery in early 2023.

  • LOA: 82′
  • Beam: 21′6″
  • Draft: 5′
  • Displ: 120,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 3,515 gal.
  • Water: 500 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,600 hp MTU 16V2000 M96L

Bayliss 67

Bayliss 67
Bayliss 67 Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks

Construction is well underway on Overtime, the newest 67-footer from Bayliss Boatworks in Manteo, North Carolina. Built with an emphasis on hardcore bluewater fishing, the interior layout will consist of three staterooms, two full heads, a day head and a custom tackle room. Mechanical components include a Seakeeper 18, two 25 kW Northern Lights generators and a Furuno Omni sonar. The vessel will also feature a chilled-water ­ air-conditioning system, as well as custom refrigeration and livewell configuration. Like all Bayliss builds, Overtime will feature the builder’s proprietary freshwater cooling system for all pumps and major mechanical components.

  • LOA: 67′9″
  • Beam: 19′9″
  • Draft: 5′7″
  • Displ: 112,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,100 gal.
  • Water: 350 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,000 hp CAT C32B

Albemarle 53 Spencer Edition

Albemarle 53 Spencer Edition
Albemarle 53 Spencer Edition Courtesy Albemarle Boats

Combining classic Spencer styling with Albemarle’s history of quality and innovation, the first 53 will be a flybridge boat designed to showcase a high cruising speed as well as the excellent seakeeping ability for which both brands are known. The interior will feature an ­open-salon layout, three staterooms and two heads, with an island helm on the bridge, as well as a forward-facing lounge and bench seating. The ­­160-square-foot cockpit will have a transom fish box, transom door, a mezzanine with engine room access, and molded boxes that can be customized for a variety of storage and refrigeration options.

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  • LOA: 53′
  • Beam: 16′6″
  • Draft: 5′
  • Displ: 60,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 1,200 gal.
  • Water: 60 gal.
  • Power: Twin CAT C12.9 (1,000 hp) or CAT C18 (1,150 hp)

Tribute 63

Tribute 63
Tribute 63 Courtesy Tribute Custom Boats

The latest from Tribute Custom Boats is destined to follow the same trajectory as her sisterships: fast and beautiful. The most highly engineered build to date, the new 63 will feature a cross-step bottom with composite construction throughout using a mix of resin-infused carbon fiber, Kevlar and E-glass over Core Cell. Extensive computational fluid-dynamics analysis predicts outstanding performance as well. The new boat is expected to splash in 2023.

  • LOA: 63′10″
  • Beam: 17′8″
  • Draft: 4′10″
  • Displ: 60,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,000 gal.
  • Water: 220 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,000 hp MAN

Spencer 72

Spencer 72
Spencer 72 Courtesy Spencer Custom Yachts

North Carolina’s Spencer Yachts continues to make dreams a reality with its latest build, the 72-foot Game On. Built for a highly knowledgeable owner and previous Spencer client, the five-stateroom boat is specifically engineered to maximize speed and power with a narrowed hull design and lightweight carbon-fiber construction modifications. Game On combines Spencer’s innovative build technology with the new 2,400 hp Cat engines to reach a cruising speed of more than 40 knots. Options include a half-tower, Seakeeper 26 and Furuno Omni sonar.

  • LOA: 72′
  • Beam: 19′6″
  • Draft: 5′3″
  • Displ: 100,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 3,000 gal.
  • Water: 400 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,400 hp CAT C32B

F&S Boatworks 82

F&S Boatworks 82
F&S Boatworks 82 Courtesy F&S Boatworks

Slated for completion in spring 2022, Special Situation is one of several F&S boats currently under construction at the builder’s facility in Bear, Delaware. With a five-stateroom, five-head layout, the boat is designed for extended travel, luxurious comfort and offshore fishability. Key features include a tower by Palm Beach Towers, two Onan 29 kW gensets, two Seakeeper 16 gyrostabilizers, a Furuno Omni sonar, and an extensive pressurized custom baitwell system. Custom curved side glass completes the sleek, unmistakable F&S profile. The twin 2,600 hp MTU engines are expected to deliver outstanding performance, with a fully loaded cruising speed of 34 to 35 knots and a top speed in excess of 43 knots.

  • LOA: 82′
  • Beam: 21′9″
  • Draft: 5′5″
  • Displ: 125,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 3,200 gal.
  • Water: 500 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,600 hp MTU 16V 2000 M96L

Release Boatworks 55

Release Boatworks 55
Release Boatworks 55 Courtesy Release Boatworks

Located in Egg Harbor, New Jersey, Release Boatworks is currently building its largest model to date, a 55-foot walkaround flybridge. The boat is designed to complement a mothership operation, which will fish, dive and cruise the remote corners of the world. The gameboat features three staterooms with tackle room, two Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizers, a custom dive locker, plus expanded fuel capacity and a quick-connect manifold system for fuel bladders to further extend its range. The boat will be powered with twin 10V2000 MTU engines and is projected to produce cruising speeds in the mid-30-knot range, with a top end approaching 40 knots.

  • LOA: 55′
  • Beam: 16′9″
  • Draft: 4′
  • Displ: 54,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 1,375 gal.
  • Water: 200 gal.
  • Power: Twin 1,622 hp MTU 10V2000

Willis 70

Willis 70
Willis 70 Courtesy Willis Custom Yachts

Construction on the new 70-footer from Willis Custom Yachts is well underway and scheduled for an early-fall 2022 delivery. This is a four-stateroom, three-head design with an island galley in the salon. The MTU 16V2000 engines are set up as V-drives, giving the boat a shallow shaft angle for maximum performance in both forward and reverse. Construction blends traditional cold-molded okoume plywood in the hull and infused carbon-fiber Core Cell for the topsides—a combination that will provide strength and light weight with a proven ride. The 70 will have gyrostabilization and Octoplex power distribution.

  • LOA: 70′
  • Beam: 20′
  • Draft: 6′
  • Displ: 115,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,500 gal.
  • Water: 320 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,600 hp MTU 16V2000

Merritt 67

Merritt 67
Merritt 67 Courtesy Merritt’s Boat & Engine Works

Roy Merritt and the craftsmen at Merritt’s Boat & Engine Works in Pompano Beach, Florida, have construction underway of a new cold-molded 67-foot convertible. The four-stateroom, three-head layout maintains the classic look that defines this iconic brand. For the past four decades, Merritt’s has led the way in the use of fully molded advanced-composite construction in custom boat design. With MTU 12V2000 M96X engines producing 2,000 horsepower and utilizing ­state-of-the-art ­ wake-adapted struts and rudders, the new 67 is projected to cruise at 32 knots and top out at 39 knots.

  • LOA: 67′
  • Beam: 21′
  • Draft: 5′
  • Displ: 90,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,100 gal.
  • Water: 400 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,000 hp MTU 12V2000 M96X

Scarborough 72

Scarborough 72
Scarborough 72 Courtesy Scarborough Boatworks

The newest build for North Carolina’s Scarborough Boatworks is Hull No. 14, the 72-foot Triple S. The team is excited for this build, which will be one of the first to utilize the new Caterpillar C32B 2,400 hp engines, and will offer impressive cruise and top-end speeds. The boat will feature a four-stateroom, three-head layout, with a salon day head, a large tackle room, a teak interior, and Carpathian burl accents. Options include dual watermakers and twin Cat 27 kW generators, plus a Seakeeper 26 gyro and Furuno Omni sonar.

  • LOA: 72′
  • Beam: 20′
  • Draft: 5′10″
  • Displ: 108,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,600 gal.
  • Water: 300 gal.
  • Power: Twin 2,400 hp CAT C32B

Invincible 33

Invincible 33
Invincible 33 Courtesy Invincible

When Invincible entered the center-console catamaran segment, it partnered with the noted naval architects at Morrelli & Melvin—the world’s authority on multihull designs—and started with a blank sheet. Now Invincible has added a 33-footer to its line of cats that stretches to 46 feet. The new boat utilizes a patented, hybrid semi-asymmetrical multihull design for excellent high-speed handling and seakeeping ability, as well as a single-level deck and amenities such as plenty of livewell and fish-box storage.

  • LOA: 33′11″
  • Beam: 10′3″
  • Draft: 22″
  • Displ: 9,800 lb.
  • Fuel: 400 gal.
  • Water: 30 gal.
  • Power: 900 hp outboards








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