Whether you’re running to the canyons for bluefins or chasing mahi off of the Florida Keys, the arrival of spring means it’s time to fish. It’s also one of the busiest times of the year for the purchase and sale of sportfishing boats from Florida to the Northeast. If you’re even considering upgrading to a new boat in 2020, the time to make your move is fast approaching!
“Everyone is shopping for a new fishing boat from February to June,” said Captain Greg Graham, a United Yacht Sales broker based out of Homestead, Florida. “The holidays are always a bit sleepy for activity and then January starts to see a little more interest from clients. Like clockwork, everything kicks off in February after the Miami Boat Show. All of a sudden our phone starts ringing with people asking about what’s on the market or they are looking to put their boat up for sale. By the beginning of June though, everyone has their boat they’re going to fish for the summer.”
Greg has been a captain on a Merritt 72’ for more than 24 years, based out of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo, and has seen this cycle before. He fishes for Sailfish out of Ocean Reef in the spring and will spend summers in the Turks and Caicos targeting wahoo. “The owner of the Merritt I’m a captain on has it dialed in to his specific needs,” continued Greg. “There is redundancy on most systems including two water-makers and two ice-makers. He has a dive compressor on board and loves to dive with his GoPro. He loves the boat. But, if and when we start looking for another one, the two biggest keys for him are having a Seakeeper Gyro and good fuel efficiency. Everyone has different things they focus on and it’s up to us as professional brokers to listen to their needs.”
“The three biggest questions you need to have answered before you really start looking at the market are what type of fish you plan on targeting, how much money are you willing to spend, and how long do you want to wait to get the boat,” says Greg. “If you want a new boat and want to go custom, be prepared to spend a little more and wait a little longer. That being said, there are a lot of good pre-owned boats on the market. And if you’re in the 35 to 50-foot range, does a larger center-consoles meet your needs? There’s a lot to consider and even more to research once you start getting into what boats are available on the market and their histories. This is where an experienced yacht broker, working for the client, really proves their value.”
With 165 yacht brokers and 25 offices worldwide, United Yacht Sales has the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry. Whether looking to sell your sportfish or center-console, or find your next boat, our team will work on your behalf and in your best interests. We invite you to explore the below new and pre-owned Sportfish and center-console opportunities. Please don’t hesitate to call our headquarters in Stuart, Florida at (772) 463-3131 to be connected with a United Yacht broker near you.
1. “No Agenda” – 2018 Michael Rybovich & Sons 73 Convertible – Asking $6,500,000 (Just Reduced!)
Designed and constructed by Michael Rybovich & Sons, “No Agenda” is one of the finest sportfishing boats ever built. This 73’ custom convertible is the very first boat in the U.S. to integrate the ZF Marine SteerCommand Electric Steering System which offers unprecedented maneuverability in a boat of this size. Powered with twin CAT C-32A 1,925HP engines, No Agenda can turn “on a dime” at more than 41 knots. With a recent price reduction, there has never been a better time to tour No Agenda. Call United broker John Blumenthal at (772) 215-2571 for more information.
2. NEW 2020 Hatteras GT65 Carolina – Price Upon Application
Making its debut at the Miami Yacht Show in February 2020, the Hatteras GT65 Carolina might be the most prolific production sportfish built this year. The new hull and tunnel design from Hatteras has everyone talking. The Hatteras team utilized a high-tech Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis to optimize the hull form and ensure a superior level of performance, maneuverability, and seaworthiness. Also an industry first, the hull will be infused to the stringer system to make one single part which will result in reduced weight and an increase in hull strength. And that’s not even the fun part! For more information on any new Hatteras or Cabo Yachts model, please contact United broker Scott White at (609) 780-0309.
3. “Fire Escape” – 2013 Spencer 57’ Custom Sportfish – Asking $1,595,000
The “Fire Escape” was designed to deliver big boat capabilities in an easily managed 57-foot package. The twin 900 HP Volvo Diesels, with IPS drives, provide a fuel efficient cruise of 28 knots with a top speed of 36 knots. There are just 150 hours on the Generation Two Volvo IPS Pods which are under warranty. This boat is 100% turnkey and ready to travel through the islands or fish the offshore canyons. Her spacious 3-stateroom, 2-head layout is the popular design for this size boat. For more information, please contact United broker Greg Graham at (305) 522-4739.
4. NEW 2020 Gulfstream Yachts 52 (Tournament Edition) – Price Upon Application
One of the most exciting and intriguing new boats available for anglers (or cruisers) is the Gulfstream 52. This sportfish/center-console hybrid features an air-conditioned enclosure complete with inside helm, u-shaped seating with table, and access to the cabin below deck. The enclosure allows your friends on board to fish or cruise in total comfort no matter what season it is. Highly customizable, every Gulfstream can be tailored towards either a fishing or cruising-oriented layout. For more information on availability and options, please contact United broker Paul MacCormack at (772) 812-1182.
5. NEW 2020 Front Runner 39 – Price Upon Application
The new Front Runner 39 has taken the center-console market by storm. Geared towards serious anglers, everything about the 39 will get your adrenaline pumping from the quad Mercury Verado 400HP engines to the abundance of fishboxes, rod holders, and bait/tackle storage. The big bow flair and stepped hull provide excellent performance in rough seas. For more details on what tournaments the Front Runner 39 will be on display at this spring, call United broker Mordy Miltz at (516) 606-1282.