A long waiting list greets prospective owners

Onslow Bay Boatworks is one of the best-kept secrets in high-performance tournament fishing. More than 10 years ago, the North Carolina builder debuted a 27-footer during a king mackerel tourney and stepped into the winners circle with performance that rivaled much larger boats.

“My goal is to produce purpose-built tournament boats that surpass anything else on the water,” says Brad Knight, Onslow Bay’s owner and president. “I’ve fished pretty much all the brands out there and know what I like and what I don’t. That knowledge went into the design of my first center console and into each successive model.”

Knight upped the ante with the 32-foot Tournament Edition in 2013. Powered by triple 250-hp Mercury Verados, it proved a scorchingly fast sea boat. This year Knight introduced the 41 TE, another high-performance masterpiece, but with more amenities.

“With all the big center consoles introduced in recent years, and inquiries from Onslow owners about a bigger model, I designed the 41,” Knight says. “I worked with marine architect Brian Forehand, formerly of Fountain Powerboats, on the hull bottom.” It has an 11-foot, 4-inch beam, 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom, twin ventilating steps and a 7-degree reverse chine “to keep it tracking true,” he says.

With quad 400-hp Mercury Verados, the 41TE is expected to run at 78 mph. Not fast enough? Four of Mercury Racing’s new 450R outboards should get the boat well into the 80s. It carries 590 gallons of fuel in three integrated tanks for plenty of range.

The boat has a proud bow and Carolina flare with a graceful sheer, which provides a dry ride and pleasing aesthetics. The bottom is solid composite, and the sides, deck and hatches are cored to save weight. The deck is a single level from bow to stern, affording expansive room for fishing.

The oversized console contains a head and a berth, with 6 feet, 6 inches of headroom — all residing beneath a hardtop with an underside painted to match the hull. The boat has a dedicated area for a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, lounge seats forward, massive fishboxes and an 87-gallon transom live well. A larger live well built into the console seating is an option. The live wells are fed by a sea chest system with adjustable flow regulators in the lazarette.

With additional options that Onslow Bay offers, the 41 TE is limited only by your imagination.

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