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Fishing Deckboat: Hurricane SS 231 OB
It’s been nearly 40 years since Hurricane debuted the first deckboat, and today, practically every builder has its own version. These are adaptable, stable, roomy vessels that make excellent recreational fishing craft, especially for multiple anglers or families. Hurricane’s SS 231 model is rated to carry up to a dozen passengers and is rigged for fishing — not that we’d suggest more than a third of that crew angling at any given time!
The Hurricane has a center console design to allow anglers the ability to fight fish all the way around the helm and cockpit. It offers a pedestal seat base up on the bow, a livewell in the stern with a recirculating pump to keep the bait and the catch active, rod holders, tackle drawers, racks to keep rods out of the way when not in use, and lots of elbow room for casting and catching fish.
Angling options include several models of fishfinders and a livewell and trolling motor harness on the bow. Standard features include an entertainment center, boarding ladders at the bow and stern, 25-quart portable cooler, an anchor locker and plenty of comfortable interior seating. Base power is a 115-horsepower Yamaha F115XA outboard. www.hurricaneboats.com
Hurricane SS 231 OB
Length Overall 23 feet, 2 inches
Beam 8 feet, 6 inches
Draft 2 feet, 2 inches
Dry Weight 3,200 pounds
Fuel Capacity 55 gallons
Max. Power 300 horsepower
Base Price $37,054
Inshore Fishing Boat: Mako 21 LTS
Also known as bay or flats boats, inshore fishing rigs like the new 21 LTS (Light Tackle Skiff) from Mako have a saltwater pedigree that means they’re built to be stable and sturdy. Measuring a big 21 feet by eight-plus feet, this craft offers an impressive amount of non-skid on the fore and aft platforms for coils of fly line and cast nets, along with reliable firmness under way and at rest.
Inshore waters can be skinny, but the Mako’s design allows it to operate with short-shafted motors and jump on plane quickly with little bow rise. And because it’s rated for up to 225 horsepower, those long runs to your favorite spot aren’t so long anymore. Standard power is a 150-horsepower Mercury OptiMax Pro XS.
Inside, the 21 LTS is ready for tournament anglers and professional guides with a removable forward-console fishbox/cooler, vertical rob holders and tackle storage, a padded helm seat/cooler, spacious storage compartments, an aerated 30-gallon livewell and more. www.mako-boats.com
Mako 21 LTS
Length Overall 21 feet
Beam 8 feet, 4 inches
Draft 1 foot
Dry Weight 2,100 pounds
Fuel Capacity 56 gallons
Max. Power 225 horsepower
Base Price $35,995