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Old 05-03-2009, 04:37 AM   #1
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Default What is the best express sportfishing boat in the 40 range?

Alright everyone I just want to take to take a vote of witch 40 or 41 foot express style sport fising boat that THT recomends. I was thinking of a 40 Cabo or a 41 ALBEMARLE any other out there.
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43 Viking....
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Are you looking at new boats or used? The 43 Viking is no longer made.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:12 AM   #4
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Are you stuck on 40'
I like the 38' Cabo better than the 40; the 40' Topaz nevre did much for me; but the new 42' Viking looks like the king of the hill.
There aren't many choices in the 40-41' range for hard core fishing boats - Albemarle, Cabo and Topaz are it.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:17 AM   #5
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This a custom boat builder that is doing sme work for me. The drawing does not do the boat justice. The plans for the express version are awesome and the price is a give away.

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2010.../United-States
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:45 PM   #6
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I am thinking of a 41 albemarle. Any thoughts
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42 Henriques..................
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-Gamefisherman 42, 43, 45, or 48 Express

-Spencer 43

-Shearline 43 WA/Express

-BD 48

-Ricky Scarbourough 36 (under 40', but one hell of a boat)

-Scopinich 35 (again, under 40', but f--kin nice. We had one before the 350 Abaco)

-and when Tim Winters builds an express in that size range, add it to the top of the list. I'm gonna add one to my dock.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:48 PM   #9
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Worked on a Gamefisherman back in the day. Super over rated. Would rather fish a bayliner. Henriques makes a really nice boat. I am not into the custom boats. I like spencer but there express is not there strong point.
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Would rather fish a bayliner.
That makes a hell of a lot of sense. I wouldn't buy a Gamefisherman either, but they're damn good boats.

And the 43 isn't Spencer's "strong point"???????? Spencer doesn't have a "weak" point, so I'm guessing you don't know what you're talking about (??). not sure. Spencer's are by far some of the best boats on the water. We used to own a 60, I now have a 66 on order. Paul Spencer knows how to build em.

Albemarle's are damn good boats, though, so that would be a good choice I would think.
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Cabo and Tiara..
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If you're considering used boats, I'd also look at a '43 Hatteras Express. Built like a tank at 38,000 + lbs displacement, walk in engine room, big cabin, big fwd stateroom, good-sized cockpit. This example listed here, however, is reportedly not as nice as the images lead you to believe: http://www.boatquest.com/Power/Hatte..._pictures.aspx
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If you're considering used boats, I'd also look at a '43 Hatteras Express. Built like a tank at 38,000 + lbs displacement, walk in engine room, big cabin, big fwd stateroom, good-sized cockpit. This example listed here, however, is reportedly not as nice as the images lead you to believe: http://www.boatquest.com/Power/Hatte..._pictures.aspx
I'll second that.
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I would throw the 42 Henriques into the market as well. For fishability, I would put that at the top of the heap... The amenities are middle of the road as far as luxury, but the hardware is top notch and the ride is phenomenal...
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Big Ben..Not much input on the 40+ size. I have been looking in the 35-38 size. How much more performance, helm size, cockpit size does the 40+ give
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Cabo 40, Out Island 38, upcoming Viking 42 (should be especially sweet w/ IPS)
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:30 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone. Sorry to those who think that spencer is the end all boat. Unfornantly I do know what I am talking about. Your spencer 60 and 66 are some of the best boats on the water. I agree with that, but that is his strong point. Don't get me wrong the spencer express is an amazing boat, but not really what I am looking for.

I like the 40 cabo and the 41 albemarle both of whitch are new. The cabo has allot of "bling" but the albemarle eats the ocean from what I have seen. Yea I know they are not custom, but a production boat is so much eaiser to get serviced and that is a big part in my decision.
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If you're considering used boats, I'd also look at a '43 Hatteras Express. Built like a tank at 38,000 + lbs displacement, walk in engine room, big cabin, big fwd stateroom, good-sized cockpit. This example listed here, however, is reportedly not as nice as the images lead you to believe: http://www.boatquest.com/Power/Hatte..._pictures.aspx
I am curious as to what is wrong with that particular boat. They did a nice job with the photos. - just curiosity

The 40' range is a tough one to narrow down. the difference in a say a 43 Viking and a 43 hatteras - like the one linked - versus a 35' Scoponich - just can not compare. 2 completely different boats. the 8' difference might as well be 100 - the 43's are TWICE the boat.

I like the Abermarle over the Cabo if you are making long runs to the grounds. If you have the flexibilty to go over the 40' to 42' and 43' then you need to give Henriques, Hateras and Viking a long, hard look
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I am curious as to what is wrong with that particular boat. They did a nice job with the photos. - just curiosity
Gus looked her over. PM him for the details
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I delivered one of the very first Viking 43 Express boats, right out of the yard.....had an interesting trip down to Lauderdale. Boat was fine, nicely laid out, handled OK (although she was a bit wet for a 43). Had a little issue filling her up...wound up wearing that cologne..Au 'd Diesel
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