What Is A Sport Fishing Boat?

What Is A Sportfishing Boat

The simplest way we can describe Sport Fish is a Boat designed for Offshore fishing that will have the following characteristics:

  • Long Foredeck
  • Rear set House 
  • flybridge set above the house
  • A Cockpit located in the stern of the boat
  • A Chair or Rocket Launcher Fixed to the Deck of the Cockpit

How Fast Do Sportfishing Boats Go?

The Fastest Sport Fishing Boat In The World (That we are aware of) can reach Speeds of 55 knots; however, most Sportfishers generally have speeds within the ranges below:

  • Fast Sport Fishing Boats:
    • Top Speed: 40-47 knots
    • Cruise Speed: 34-40 knots
  • Average Sport Fishing Boats: 
    • Top Speed: 33-39 knots
    • Cruise Speed: 28-33 knots
  • Older Sport Fishing Boats:
    • Top Speed: 25-32 knots
    • Cruise Speed: 16-24 knots

Photos of Sportfishing Boats

Is a Sportfisher a Yacht?

Is a sportfisher a yacht Example of a yacht
Is a sportfisher a yacht Example of a sportfisher

Yes, it is possible for a sportfisher to be considered a yacht, but most sportfishers are still considered fishing boats by those who own and use them, as well as industry professionals.  Allow me to explain in more detail below:

The word “Yacht” is often reserved for a very large and very luxurious vessel that is exclusively used for leisure rather than fishing.

In the past, there were very noticeable differences between the size and luxuriousness of most Yachts and Sportfishers, thus they were very easy to differentiate.

However, in the past 20-30 years, the gap in size and luxury between the two types of boats has shrunk dramatically as modern sportfish owners tend to use their boats for routine family trips as much as they do serious offshore fishing.

It is because of this shrinking gap that the average person tends to think these two types of boats fall into the same category even though both the boats and their owners are still very different.

Sportfishing Boats With and Without a Tower

One of the most significant differences to spot when you see a Sport Fishing Yacht is going to be whether it has a Tuna Tower or not.  Below are two sport fishers where you can clearly see the difference between the two boats:

Where to Buy Sportfishing Boats?

Currently, the best website to buy or sell a Sportfishing Boat is Sportfishtrader.com. Sportfishtrader specializes only in Fishing Boats, which makes navigation very easy when compared to other boat buying websites.



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