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Old 05-10-2019, 12:46 PM
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I like a express boat because i fish and i want to be in the action, but i also like a flybridge cabin, i most likey not buy one because i fish, why dont they make a sportfish that has windows so you can drive inside. Kinda like a down eastern with planing hull, and a bad ass cabin, feel free to comment in on thistopic even if it to explain why you have either, thanks
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:56 PM
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Yea . . . I think that explains it.
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:59 PM
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A bridge boat with a helm in the salon?
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:17 PM
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They do (and have):

https://www.vikingyachts.com/main/37BF.asp
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Most flybridge boats run too bow-high for them to have a useful lower station. Too much engine, too heavy. Express has deck elevated over engines to solve that issue (on most, not all!!). Raise salon deck in a FB boat and it is going to get pretty tall!

I built a long, skinny and light single diesel 38 with lower station and FB. Visibility is good at any speed on lower station, but it is light and modestly powered. It is nice for fishing as I don't need to climb the ladder. But because I did not pack it with massive engines, the market does not like it. But I do.
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55' Dixon.

Here is a tantalizing video of the prettiest Sporty you will ever see, and yes it has an enclosed helm, as well as an upper station. The vid won't show the exterior, but trust me, it is beautiful.

Oh, and it is pretty fast, too.

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Ocean Billfish 37' - Great combo
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Look at a Viking Express, insides are ample and still have the fishing room out back.
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trejsic.mejsic THATS INCREDIBLE, HATE TO SEE THAT FUEL BILL ,WHAT IS POWERING THAT MONSTER
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Salmon i think your dazed and confused !!! You couldn't have said it better, thank you don't know what we would do without you ?
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Old 05-11-2019, 05:45 AM
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Love this boat.

https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/201...owse%20listing
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Now that is one beautiful boat, that boat is perfect,
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Originally Posted by aquaholic23 View Post
Now that is one beautiful boat, that boat is perfect,
Cool boat for sure.Pod drives tho
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Henriques makes a express with a flybridge up in New Jersey.
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Here is my take and I have an express and have run many a fly bridge boat..
If you make long runs the bridge boat is much more comfortable for the passengers. They can sit in the salon, sleep, watch TV and be in a climate controlled and much quieter environment.

On the express boat the cabin area is forward and down. Anything over a small chop and you ain't gonna be down there. The express is nice for shorter runs and being close to the fishing action. Your sitting right on top of the engines, their noisy and many helms aren't climate controlled.

If my runs were several hours to the grounds or I wanted to travel the boat a bit the fly bridge boat would get my vote.

Good and bad points as all styles are always a compromise.
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I have had both in the 40' range.
Fly Bridge
The Good- great visibility all around (especially for watching your baits), quieter up top while running, large salon (not as quite in there as you would think. The engines are right under your feet),
The Bad - hard to dock with a small crew, you are captain for the day (everybody is in the cockpit working baits, you are up by yourself running the boat) much more movement in rough seas (a foot of sway at deck level is multiplied up on the bridge), large salon (never really used it that much and it took up too much real estate), no visibility forward for when you are off the bridge ( I got that complaint allot)

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The Good - closer to the action (allows you to participate, not just watch) easier to dock with only 2 people, usually a much larger cockpit (we can have a rodeo in mine), much more sociable (everyone will hang with you while running and dragging baits), less roll since there isn't so much weight higher up to increase the center of gravity. Did I mention you can participate? The cockpit is just steps away, hit the autopilot and tell the wife to watch and make sure nothing is in the way. You get to actually fish.

The Bad - some of them, not mine, run a little bow high which can make you have to stand up a little more, little harder to see the baits while trolling, noisier while running (not to bad, crank up the stereo)

Obviously I am a little biased towards the Express. The flybridge was just to secluded. I fish with friends because I am social and I love to fish. I like to drive boats as well just not to that extent. We thought we would miss the large salon but after owning my Tiara for the last year we don't miss it at all. I just wish I had gone to the Express initially, it would have saved a lot of time wasted being captain for the day.
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Fishing? Express

luxury and show boating/fishing sport.

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Originally Posted by ReelDreams1 View Post
I have had both in the 40' range.
Fly Bridge
The Good- great visibility all around (especially for watching your baits), quieter up top while running, large salon (not as quite in there as you would think. The engines are right under your feet),
The Bad - hard to dock with a small crew, you are captain for the day (everybody is in the cockpit working baits, you are up by yourself running the boat) much more movement in rough seas (a foot of sway at deck level is multiplied up on the bridge), large salon (never really used it that much and it took up too much real estate), no visibility forward for when you are off the bridge ( I got that complaint allot)

Express
The Good - closer to the action (allows you to participate, not just watch) easier to dock with only 2 people, usually a much larger cockpit (we can have a rodeo in mine), much more sociable (everyone will hang with you while running and dragging baits), less roll since there isn't so much weight higher up to increase the center of gravity. Did I mention you can participate? The cockpit is just steps away, hit the autopilot and tell the wife to watch and make sure nothing is in the way. You get to actually fish.

The Bad - some of them, not mine, run a little bow high which can make you have to stand up a little more, little harder to see the baits while trolling, noisier while running (not to bad, crank up the stereo)

Obviously I am a little biased towards the Express. The flybridge was just to secluded. I fish with friends because I am social and I love to fish. I like to drive boats as well just not to that extent. We thought we would miss the large salon but after owning my Tiara for the last year we don't miss it at all. I just wish I had gone to the Express initially, it would have saved a lot of time wasted being captain for the day.
Witnessed this first hand on my buddies boats. Had a Cabo express then went to Tiara sportfish. He sold the Tiara after a year because he couldn't fish when he went fishing.
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Plan to fish and drive? Express. Otherwise all the sportfish owners down here are in the stern working their baits, have their AP set and troll the reef making every boat move out of the way or risk getting run over. ymmv.
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One thing I noticed when fishing on friends sporties is that the bridge can be a very lonely place during transit. Especially on the way home the crew tends to crash, leaving the cappie up on the bridge alone unless you take the effort to stay up there with them. Even something as simple as a bottle of water or a sandwich can be very welcome if you are up there alone with no intercom.. I make it a point to spend time up there or at least check in to see if they want anything, but others just z out and wake up when the boat slows down at the marina.
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