First Look at Mann Cave

The latest from Paul Mann Custom Boats doesn’t disappoint

June 17, 2020
A large white custom sport fishing boat on the water.
The 63-foot Mann Cave powers along the North Carolina coast. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats

The newest Paul Mann creation to hit the water is Hull No. 140 from the famed North Carolina builder. Mann Cave is a stunning 63-footer that’s packed with not just performance but some tremendous craftsmanship, for which Mann boats are rightfully famous. The three-stateroom/two head layout is perfectly suited for fishing and travel, with a spacious master stateroom, a VIP guest stateroom and crew stateroom.

Watch: Check out this video of the flip of Hull No. 140.

In the gleaming Awlgrip Cloud White engine room, a pair of Caterpillar C32 Acert engines reside, each producing 1,800 hp upon demand. Coupled to Twin Disc 1.75:1 gears and Veem five-bladed wheels, performance is excellent. At 1,600 rpm and 60 percent load, Mann Cave is cruising comfortably at 28.5 knots and burning less than 90 gallons per hour. Bump that up to 1,900 rpm and she’s doing 35 knots at 70 percent load. Wide open, she hit 44.5 knots during her initial sea trials. A total fuel capacity of 1,890 gallons gives Mann Cave the range to reach distant grounds with ease. Among other notable equipment in the engine room is a Cat C2.2 21.5 kW generator and a pair of Quick MC2X 16K gyrostabilizers. The all-teak cockpit is highlighted by a Release Marine fighting chair; the stern and toe rail are faux teak but the rest is the real deal.


The interior is where Mann’s craftsmanship work really shines. The warm glow of the beautiful teak is accented by the soft goods, creating a space that’s inviting and comfortable. On the bridge, the peninsula-style helm is thoughtfully laid out, with a full suite of Simrad electronics below a hinged spray screen and engine controls in a drop-down box in the hardtop. There’s plenty of additional seating as well.

Read our review of the 77-foot Full Time from Paul Mann Custom Boats.

Mann Cave is another example of the long lineage of sport-fishers that have emerged from Paul Mann Custom Boats.

The cockpit and fighting chair of a custom sport-fishing boat.
The well-laid-out cockpit is crowned by a Release Marine fighting chair. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats


  • Length: 63′
  • Beam: 18′ 5″
  • Draft: 5′
  • Weight: 91,000 lbs.
  • Layout: 3 staterooms/2 heads
  • Fuel: 1,890 gal.
  • Water: 353 gal.
  • Power: Twin Caterpillar C32 Acert, 1,800 hp
  • Gears: Twin Disc Gears
Additional seating on a custom sport fishing boat.
There’s ample seating forward of the helm. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats
Engine display units hanging from the ceiling of a sport fishing boat helm.
The Caterpillar engine displays, Simrad autopilot, and controls for the spotlight and bow thruster reside in the drop-down. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats
The helm of a sport fishing boat.
The peninsula-style helm station offers plenty of room for the 16-inch multifunction displays, while VHF radios and other equipment remain out of the weather. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats
Interior salon and seating of a custom sport fishing boat.
The salon showcases Mann’s famous woodworking, with the warm glow of the teak accented by the soft goods. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats
The kitchen and galley of a custom sport fishing boat.
The galley, complete with Subzero undercounter refrigeration and Cambria Brittanica countertops. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats
The master stateroom of a custom sport fishing boat.
The master stateroom is spacious and comfortable. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats
The engine room aboard a custom sport fishing boat.
The 1,800 hp Caterpillar C32s gleam in the engine room. As a former charter captain, Mann insists on having good accessibility to everything that should ever need maintenance or replacement. Courtesy Paul Mann Custom Boats


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