Capt. Paul Mann had several years of custom boatbuilding experience and apprenticeships under North Carolina boatbuilding legends Omie Tillet and Sonny Briggs even before he hung out the shingle for the Mann Custom Boat Company in 1988. With the recent launch of his latest creation, the 77-foot sportfishing yacht Full Time, he has achieved new milestones in design and performance.
Gallery: Paul Mann Custom Boats 77
“On the initial sea trial, Full Time surpassed our wildest expectations, racing to 45 knots. That’s 52 miles per hour,” says Paul Mann. “Besides its sheer speed and superior seakeeping, the hull and engine combination provide economical cruising speeds, exactly what the owner wanted for extended trips with family and friends.”
Every Paul Mann boat is a collaboration between the builder and the future owner, and Full Time is no different. The customer wanted a capable fishing boat that was also a comfortable home away from home and Mann delivered in spades. It has four staterooms with three large heads with showers, and a day head just off the cockpit for quick pit stops while fishing, diving or dining outdoors. And since this boat is meant for long-haul traveling, redundancy was the watchword for Mann and his team.
“The engine room is probably the most user-friendly on any boat we’ve built,” Mann told me over the phone. “Every system on board has a back up should one go down in a remote locale. And the accommodations are remarkably spacious. I spent a week living and fishing on board with six other people during the Custom Boat Shoot Out shortly after the boat was delivered and never felt cramped.”
The flybridge has a narrower center console design that provides more space for seating to enjoy the remarkable view it affords. Powered by a pair of Tier 3 2000 Series MTU diesels that each put out over 2,600 hp, it racks up some impressive performance numbers with a top speed of 44 knots fully loaded, and it burns a mere 101 gph at a 26-knot cruise with the engines turning just 1550 rpm.
The 77 combines state-of-the-art equipment and materials with the latest in boatbuilding technologies and plenty of old-world craftsmanship.