Not to mention when the cost of gas goes through the roof in the near future, and those big boat payments just keep coming...
With a 2 to 3 year wait list for new boats depreciation is not what you would think on used ones.To each their own. If there is a market people will come.
Good for Brandon and crew.
Sure would be nice zipping around in that boat. But I really dont mind the slow go boats. These trips arnt all about fishing for me.
Imagine the depreciation too! Smart book keeping could make it pay off in short order.
Actually the pressurized bait tanks on a freeman hold bait as well or better than most west coast style tanks when both are tuned properly.Still have to load lighter than a 20-knot boat. Our bait doesn't hold up very well in most of the East Coast boats.
The only go fast that really has it down for West Coast without heavy modification is Mag Bay.
Both go fast we have owned took over a year of tweaking to hold a scoop or two. Pickups on backwards, loop in water lines, modification of tanks to make the water swirl top to bottom, exit out bottom, baffles, etc.
Good thing the bluefin are eating dead baits. If albacore comes back or even wanting to fish small yellowfin and chumming power is needed, I'd rather take a slow boat with a huge bait tank. Just my opinion.
Not sure why so many folks care what people are charging? Nobody is forcing anyone to charter a boat and plenty of folks in ca have lots of money to spend. Not everyone wants to be stuck on a boat with 25 other people.Into the depths' 34' yellowfin is $3750. Hopefully some good market competition brings these prices down. Especially bights $5500
How many days a year can you fly out to the tuna grounds at 60 miles doing 50 miles an hour ? They’re not gonna leave in the middle of the night and do 50 miles an hour in the dark . They’d have to leave at daybreak and get there by 8 o’clock if they could do the 50. And what about a rough or semi-rough day when the swell is pretty big and close together the clients will take a beating and probably won’t even want to fish by the time they get out there . This isn’t Florida our waters are totally different I say good luck with that hope you can make the payment.
Thanks for posting! Waiting for my invite wink wink! The only cons I see is me affording it otherwise all pros especially ramming mammals at 60kts in the dark.So much hearsay and misinformation here that guys have picked up second hand.
1. Nobody consistently runs 50 kts. here or elsewhere except for in the Mississippi river and on the rare, sheet glass day. Most of these boats will run 30-40 kts depending on direction and conditions. The ride these boats offer is hard to imagine until you've experienced it. Many boats can run 40 kts. plus. Not many can do it running into 2-4 seas (and much bigger if quartering).
2. Costs - These boats are NOT cheap to own. My insurance alone is INSANE due to the # of motors and HP. Owning 3+ motors isn't cheap. Fuel burn is actually pretty reasonable at 1 MPG for a boat this size and the speed you're traveling.
3. After a ton of tweaking, my tanks hold bait really well. I'd say about 80% as well as a dedicated Pacific Edge or Bluewater tank. Difference is, we're going twice as fast as most other boats and you're going to beat bait up twice as bad. Despite how well the boats ride, you're still hauling ass and bouncing plenty. If I'm going for smaller fish where we use a ton of chum, I will slow the boat down for the ride out to keep the bait pristine.
To me, the biggest benefit of these big Center Consoles is TIME, RIDE and FISHABILITY. We can catch fish from any boat but time is something you just can't buy. I stay crazy busy and the ability to leave in the AM, catch a few really nice fish and be home for dinner is about priceless.
The ride allows you to save time by traveling faster and the fishability allows you to catch multiple fish at once. We routinely hang doubles on big fish and at times as many as 4 going at once.
Here's the pros and cons as I see them.
Pros - Speed, Ride, Fishability, Low maintenance, Not a lot of systems to break, etc.
Downsides? Can't store gear on board. No cabin. No head (on mine). No coffee maker. Cold.
After four seasons of running these boats I can honestly say they aren't going away on our coast. I think you will continue to see more and more of these boats appear in our waters. For the currently big bluefin and swordfish cycle, they really are about the best boat you could ask for.