Sportfishing boats are large boats designed for recreational fishing and multiday outings with family and friends. They are designed with a cockpit at the stern and fitted with a fixed chair to the deck so a rod can be easily secured or mounted. They also come with outriggers, towers, fish lockers, bait freezers, livewells and other specialize gear for hooking, reaching and fighting for the biggest catch out there. They typically have long high foredecks leading back to the a rear set cabin that has a fly bridge above.Sport fishing boats range in size from 28 feet to 60 and 70 feet in length. For the elite fisherman there are some Sport fishing boats larger than 100 feet. The larger Sport fishing boats in the 50 - 70 foot range will have large diesel engines varying in size from 800 to more than 1200 horse power allowing these large yachts to travel at speeds of 30 - 40 knots. This allows the fisherman to get out to the fishing grounds in a hurry and return in a hurry to beat the tournament deadline for weigh-in. While fishing these boats typically "Troll" at a speed of around 6 knots. The newer Sport fishing boat engines will have an electronic control allowing you to operate the engines in "Trolling" mode.
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