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Old 12-26-2012, 11:43 AM
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Default The Top 50 Sports Fishing Boats of All Time

I just finished going through SaltWater Sportsman subjective list of the 50 best inshore and offshore fishing boats of all time.

look at the article for full pictures, and explanation of the placement of the particular boat.
http://www.saltwatersportsman.com/ga...boats-all-time

For all that don’t feel like going throw the article

#50: Boston Whaler 13 Sport
#49: Striker 44
#48. AquaSport 22-2
#47: Luhrs 340 Sport Fisherman
#46: 25 SeaVee
#45: Phoenix 29 Convertible
#44: 65 Paul Mann
#43: 37 Merritt
#42: 18 Maritime Skiff
#41: Sea Cat SL 25
#40: Blackfin 32
#39: Chris Craft 30 Tournament
#38: 41 G&S
#37: Wellcraft V20 Steplift
#36: Mako 17
#35: 54 Scarborough
#34: Rampage 31
#33: 36 Yellowfin
#32: 55 Viking
#31: Hewes Bonefisher
#30: 47 Buddy Davis
#29: 23 Formula
#28: 28 Carolina Classic/Albemarle
#27: 36/37 Topaz
#26: Conch 27
#25: Hells Bay Whipray
#24: 25 Hydra-Sports
#23: 31 Fountain
#22: Gamefisherman 40
#21: 23 SeaCraft
#20: Maverick Mirage
#19: 34 Rybovich
#18: Pursuit 3000 Offshore
#17: 35 Cabo
#16: 54 Bertram
#15: Ocean 40 Super Sport
#14: 57 Spencer
#13: 53 Hatteras
#12: Grady-White 254 Kingfish
#11: 22 Pathfinder
#10: 26 Regulator
#9: 31 Jupiter
#8: 31 Contender
#7: SeaVee 390 IPS
#6: 31 Yellowfin
#5: 25 Mako
#4: Boston Whaler Nauset
#3: 31 Bertram
#2: SeaCraft 20
#1: 43’ Merritt



Does this look about accurate?
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A list packed with classics! I'm surprised that the Bertram 42 and 28 are not mentioned. Also darn few Vikes? Should be a fun, and highly contentious thread

Just for fun, my dream boats over the years:

1. Whaler 13
2. Whaler 18 Montauk
3. Aquasport 22-2
4. Bertram 31
5. Bertram 42
6. Hatteras 53
7. Bertram 54
8. Hatteras 60

Finally got the 22-2 after 40 years !

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Interesting read..........
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I know you cant include everyone, but boy were there a bunch missing. Where is Hines Farley, Whiticar, Jim Smith, Buddy Canady, Bayliss, Weaver, Venture, Willy Roberts, Mikelson, Garlington???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????
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I am surprised to only see one Blackfin listed... But.they probably picked the right one
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Saw this on classicmako a little bit ago - #36 woo woo
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it is a subjective list and includes boats that had a huge impact on boating - hence the classics. Surprised the 25 Mako was higher than the 23 SeaCraft but thats not that big a deal the 25 was a good boat. The 20 is where it should be BTW, it revelutionised fishing for the CC market, and most that one wished they never got rid of it.
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Buncha nice boats, but no love for the Intrepid guys...
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Not even close. Putting a 29 Phoenix and a Seacat on there discredits the whole thing-POS...

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31 bert and 26 reg -awesome
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I'm surprised they put the Contender 31 in the list, but not the 25 open. For quite a while, it was the go to CC fishing boat. There have been so many great ones, though.
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Well my Nauset made #4!
But surprised no Blackfin 29 F/b. INteresting list though nonetheless
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I'm surprised they put the Contender 31 in the list, but not the 25 open. For quite a while, it was the go to CC fishing boat. There have been so many great ones, though.
What, my Grady White 258 Journey ain't on there? [lol]
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Not a bad list.... Few that made me scratch my head.... But all nice rides
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I'm surprised they put the Contender 31 in the list, but not the 25 open. For quite a while, it was the go to CC fishing boat. There have been so many great ones, though.
i agree, if you want a contender on the list the 25 takes the cake.
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Owned #5, took me to hell and back. And caught fish. Own #39. Ain't been to hell with it yet but it catches fish.
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Looks like a weighted list of units sold and fishing as primary objective of boat. I think for some of the really nice yachts that are not included it is purely a function of how few people they impacted, ie hulls on water. Also may be they looked a bit at the top boat in each size range for each era. Not sure list is sort of all over the map. Happy to own #15. Been a great boat and definatley has caught lots of nice fish. Maybe someday I can move up just one spot to #14. Would be more than happy to end up there.
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What you can see from that list is what the subscribers to the magazine own
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Having tipped Hobies, I would disagreee. Lots of merit there.

I think a sub is the perfect boat. Shoot the fish you want.

I have a SC 20. The older 21 would swallow 2 1/2 of me whole.
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V20 Wellcraft. I would like to have a penny for everyone sold. Great list
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