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13 Best Sport Fishing Yachts of 2023

  • By Patrick Sciacca
  • August 30, 2023

It is possible to fish from any type of boat, but a sportfishing yacht is purpose-built for angling aficionados to chase fish of all sizes and species, whether it’s fun fishing for mahi-mahi off the beach in South Florida or campaigning a pro-level crew from the Bahamas to Bermuda and back pursuing billfish during tournament season. The best sport-fishing yachts combine rugged, blue-water construction with performance, range, agile handling, and the comforts of luxury-yacht living. On the outside, sportfish yachts are notable for their dance-floor size cockpits for fish fighting; livewells to keep baits fresh; in-deck fish boxes to keep the catch stowed and cold; and an armada of rod holders for drift fishing, kite fishing or trolling. They also are known for big diesel horsepower and speed, sometimes north of 40-plus knots. Sportfish yachts are also known for luxurious interiors with supple leathers, granite countertops, high-end galley appliances and en suite staterooms. These are highly self-sufficient angling platforms geared for life beyond the horizon where the water is deep and the fish are big.

Top Luxury Fishing Boats

The following 13 sportfish yachts are all vessels we’ve reviewed. They are listed in no particular order.

  • Hatteras GT65 Carolina : A customizable sportfish yacht with Caterpillar diesels
  • Viking Yachts 64C : An eye-watering 42 knots of fish-chasing speed boat 
  • Royal Huisman Project 406 : The biggest sportfish yacht ever built
  • Rybovich 94 : A superyacht-sized angler’s dream
  • Viking 38 Open : A family-sized express sportfisherman loaded for offshore fishing
  • Bertram 61 Convertible : A tournament-ready battlewagon with a distinct look 
  • Hatteras Yachts 45EX : Entry-level sportfish yacht with all the angling amenities of its larger siblings
  • Huckins 45 Sportfisherman : Built for bluewater angling with the patented and sea-taming Quadraconic hull form 
  • Jarrett Bay 46 : A mid-size custom-Carolina sportfisherman with a yacht-level finish
  • Viking Yachts 92 : Designed to travel the world’s oceans chasing behemoth billfish
  • Merritt 72 : An iconic Florida boatbuilder’s high-end fishing boat
  • Bertram 35 : This 35-foot flybridge sportfish pays homage to the builder’s legendary roots.
  • Viking 54 Open : This express-style fish boat also comes in a Sport Tower and Coupe version

Hatteras Yachts GT65 Carolina

The Hatteras Yachts GT65 Carolina falls in the middle of the New Bern, North Carolina, boatbuilder’s three-model GT lineup, which also includes a GT59 and GT70 . This sportfish yacht has a solid-fiberglass hull bottom built for blue-water duty and comes with a variety of diesel engine options, which starts with twin 1,622 hp Caterpillar C-32A diesels.

Like all Hatteras GT models, the GT65 has notable bow flare to beat back tempestuous seas as well as a high freeboard to keep decks dry in the slop. The Hatteras GT65 also represent a design evolution for the series with a “stepped-back flybridge” an element found on in earlier Hatteras models, as well as a new window treatment and hull-side vents. With yacht-level luxury on the inside and a fishing-mission design on the outside, the Hatteras Yachts GT65 is a formidable sportfish boat.

Hatteras Yachts GT65 Carolina

Quick Specifications

65’2”
20’
1,900 Gal.
270 Gal.
5’
103,000 lb.

Viking Yachts 64C

With its 180-square-foot, dance-floor-size, teak cockpit, options for a fighting chair or rocket launcher, a mezzanine perched perfectly for spotting prey in the spread and enough livewell space to keep a gaggle of goggle-eye baits frisky, the 42-knot Viking Yachts 64C is built for battle with big fish.Its impressive speed, which comes via optional 2,022 hp MTU M96X V-12 diesels , ensures that the Viking 64C is likely to be first boat with lines in the water. Cruise speed: 36 knots at 80 percent engine load. (Base powerplants are twin 1,550 hp MAN V-12 diesels.) For the traveling tournament crew, the Viking 64C has four staterooms, including three en suite guest staterooms, plus a crew cabin with upper and lower bunks.

Viking Yachts 64C

63’10”
18’11”
2,201 Gal.
302 Gal.
5’7”
99,738 lb.

Royal Huisman Project 406

A 171-foot sportfisherman? Yes. That’s exactly what the six-deck, Royal Huisman’s Project 406 is. The interior and exterior design of Project 406 is from noted Dutch yacht-design firm Vripack . Vripack calls the vessel a “sportfisher on steroids.” The hull and superstructure of the supersize sportfish is Alustar aluminum, a material known for its strength and relatively light weight.

Even with six decks, Vripack has managed to create sleek lines for Project 406. It starts with a high freeboard forward that seemingly dares the ocean to approach. Transitioning from the bow, the sheerline slopes downwards in a steady cadence. The flowing sheerline resolves seamlessly at the cockpit. The vessel’s raked house and stacked deck are juxtaposed against the long profile, creating a sinewy aesthetic, which is no simple feat in this 171-footer. Add in all of the expected angling accouterments and 30-knot speed, and you have a sportfish yacht ready to chase fish around the world.

Royal Huisman Project 406

171’
Aluminum
Vripack Yacht Design
6

Rybovich 94

Size, speed and agility is a unique trifecta in a sportfish boat, but the 94-foot, 41-knot III Amigos from Michael Rybovich checks all those boxes as well as a few more too. The sportfish boat , designed by Patrick Knowles with naval architecture from Dusty Rybovich, is built in cold-molded mahogany. Prop pockets help keep the boat’s half-load draft down to a Bahamas-friendly 5 feet. The Rybovich 94’s impressive speed is helped by a pair of beefy 2,600 hp MTU diesels . 

The owner of II Amigos also owns a 196-foot Feadship superyacht and, while he wanted the sportfish to be all business on the outside, he wanted luxury-yacht finishes on the inside.  “Subtle but telling touches are the solid doors to the staterooms; each mimics the owner’s Feadship with ¾-inch thickness. The doors close flush (each has hidden hinges), and the sound is of a Rolls-Royce door closing.”

Rybovich 94

94’
22’
4,400 Gal.
600 Gal.
5’
165,000 lb.

Viking Yachts 38 Open Billfish

The Viking Yachts 38 Open Billfish is the builder’s entry point to its diesel-propelled sportfish boats. An owner-operator-size angling platform, the 38 Open is powered with twin 550 hp Cummins QSB6.7 diesels, which gives the sportfish boat 36-knot speed. Notable angling features on board the 38 Open include a 109-swqure-foot cockpit, complete with a mezzanine seating flanking the centerline stairs to the bridge deck as well as a laminated backing plate foe either a fighting chair or a rocket launcher. For overnight canyon trips, there is a forepeak stateroom with a double bunk as well as a single above it. Additionally, the salon’s sofa converts to a berth for guests or crew. The galley is outfitted with Corian countertops, two-burner electric cooktop, microwave/convection oven and drawer-style refrigerators and freezers. Some options include a Palm Beach Towers tuna tower and electronics packages from Atlantic Marine Electronics , both are Viking Yachts’ subsidiaries.

Viking Yachts 38 Open Billfish

38’8”
14’
460 Gal.
69 Gal.
3’4”
30,453 lb.

Bertram 61 Convertible

Bertram’s 61 Convertible leads the builder’s offshore series, which also includes a 35 Convertible and the express-style 50 Sport . Like its 50 Sport sistership, the 61 Convertible has a stepped sheerline, a nod to the legendary boatbuilder’s earlier designs. It also creates an instantly recognizable profile. The 61 Convertible is ready to run out of the box thanks to its twin 1,925 hp Caterpillar C-32A diesels. Top hop is 44 knots.

When it comes to chasing fish, the 61 Convertible has 188 square feet of fish-fighting space. A 100-gallon in-transom livewell is accompanied by twin in-sole fish boxes as well as rod stowage to port and starboard. A tuna door to starboard makes bringing in that bigeye on board a breeze. (Fish not included.) The accommodations layout belowdecks includes three staterooms. There is a full-beam master stateroom amidships.

Bertram 61 Convertible

61’1”
18’3”
1,700 Gal.
280 Gal.
5’
88,000 lb.

Hatteras Yachts GT45X

The Hatteras Yachts GT45X express sports twin 1,150-horsepower Cat C18 ACERT diesel engines that deliver 40-plus-knot speeds. During our sea trial, the GT45X showcased remarkable handling, gracefully leaning into turns without any loss of power from the props. Hatteras has equipped the GT45X with a custom-engineered, sound-deadening system. This feature reduces noise and vibration, ensuring a relatively quiet ride for all aboard. Inside, the yacht has a luxe sensibility with its wood sole, sumptuous leather seating, a fully equipped galley and a spacious forward stateroom. On deck, there are two comfortable helm seats, an undercounter fridge, an ice maker, an inviting L-shaped settee and a table, creating the perfect entertainment area for relaxing after a successful day of fishing. The integrated hardtop enhances visibility with its one-piece windshield and large side windows, offering optimal views of the surrounding waters. To adapt to changing weather conditions, simply install clear curtains across the bridge deck aft, transforming the GT45X into an all-season sport-fisherman. Personalization is key with Hatteras Yachts, and the GT45X offers a variety of optional features. From a bow thruster and additional stateroom to teak accents and a flybridge option, you can customize your yacht to meet your specific needs. With a simple ala carte ordering process, just select your must-have options, start the engines and have your next angling adventure.

Hatteras Yachts GT45X

47’7”
16’6”
800 Gal.
100 Gal.
4’
49,700 lb.

Huckins 45 Sportfisherman

The Huckins 45 Sportfisherman starts with the Florida boatbuilder’s patented Quadraconic hull . The Huckins’ Quadraconic name derives from four conical projections that make up the bottom surface shape. The sport-fisher has a deep forefoot and some measurable flare above the waterline for good buoyancy and dry running. A single chine rises from the waterline and then descends quickly to optimize spray control. The deep-V shape forward warps to a flat running surface far aft for efficient planing and excellent roll resistance.

Power is twin 480 hp Cummins diesels, which give this sportfish boat an easy 28-knot cruise. Top speed is 35 knots, so a 30-knot cruise is easily an option. The owner of the 45 Sportfisherman we got aboard is an avid stand-up angler and set up his boat with three flush-deck insulated fish boxes with macerators, a Dometic ice maker, two 28-foot Rupp outriggers, six gunwale rod holders, saltwater and freshwater washdowns, and a four-rod rocket launcher in lieu of a fighting chair.

Huckins 45 Sportfisherman

Jarrett Bay 46

Originally named Persistence, this Jarrett Bay 46 was built for fishing enthusiast and NASCAR driver Jeff Burton. When creating his fully custom sportfish boat, Burton noted that his vessel would be both a fishing boat and a family boat. Fishing features include an in-transom fish box, a sailfish pod, insulated fish boxes and a tuna door (sans bridge) in the cockpit. Jarrett Bay installed three rod holders in each gunwale and six more across the flybridge rail, plenty of rod room for setting up a trolling spread. With upper and lower helm stations (the latter being an owner request), the Jarrett Bay 46 also gives the skipper options if the weather goes south. The Jarrett Bay 46 has ZF pod drives with underwater exhaust paired to twin 575 hp Caterpillar C9 diesels. At a comfortable 2,000-rpm cruise, this sport-fisher makes about 26 knots while those diesels consume 41 gallons per hour. Dial it up to a top-end speed of 35 knots and consumption goes up to 58.3 gph.

Jarrett Bay 46

45’8”
15’4”
620 Gal.
100 Gal.
4’4”
37,000 lb.

Viking Yachts 92

The Viking Yachts 92 is the largest sport-fisher the New Gretna, New Jersey-based boatbuilder has ever constructed. Offered with an open- or enclosed-bridge setup, the hefty sportfish boat (displacing around 205,000 pounds) hits 37-knots-plus when powered with optional 2,600 hp MTU diesels. At 2,100 rpm, this battlewagon cruises easily at 31 knots at 78 percent engine load. Dial it back to 28 knots, and engine load is a mere 70 percent. The 92-footer is also agile thanks to the Viking Independent Programmable Electrohydraulic Rudder (VIPER) steering system, a fly-by-wire setup that lets the helmsman control each rudder individually.

From an angling perspective, the 92 has 55-foot Rupp outriggers , fish stowage large enough for a wolf pack of bigeye tuna, space for a season’s worth of baits, secured gaff stowage and enough tackle drawers to handle all the lures and terminal gear an owner could ever buy. The Viking 92 also has six staterooms to accommodate owners, guests and crew for tournament season and long-haul adventure angling.

Viking Yachts 92

93’3”
24’1”
4,015 Gal.
485 Gal.
5’11”
6

Like some of the other names on this list, Merritt is an iconic Pompano Beach, Florida-based, custom sportfish builder with a current model lineup that includes 66-, 72- and 86-foot convertible designs. The Merritt 72 is a model that has stood the test of time, and one that owners flock to year in and year out, for its fishability, seakindly nature and the ability to tailor the layout to an owner’s angling needs.

Because these boats are custom-built, the specifics can change from one 72 to another, but 30-knot cruise speeds and nearly 40-knot top-end speeds are common in all 72s, as are massive cockpits for fighting Hemingway-worthy marlin, stout construction for chasing those fish in the blue water and superyacht-level finishes inside and outside.

Merritt 72

72’
19’10”
2,280 Gal.
400 Gal.
5’6”
39 Knots

The entry point into Bertram’s three-model Offshore Series⎯spanning from 35 to 61 feet length overall⎯the Bertram 35 blends a familiar profile with modern power and technology to create a 36-knot angling juggernaut. This owner-operator-sized, Michael Peters -penned, flybridge sport-fisher starts with a wave-slicing, deep-V hull form with 22 degrees transom deadrise. The form is supported by a solid fiberglass hull bottom with cored hull sides for added strength without added weight.

The 35 has a 126-square-foot cockpit ready for any fish-fighting fanatic. Bertram sets up the 35 with rod holders, a livewell, in-deck fish boxes, and a transom door for the big ones. Optional teak decking and covering boards add a custom look. Inside, the salon is accented with teak and maple Amtico soles and overhead dimmer lighting. A wainscot-style ceiling houses rod stowage for big-game gear. Power is twin 500 hp Caterpillar C7.1 diesels matched to ZF drives. At a comfortable 27.5-knot cruise at just 68 percent engine load, the Bertram 35 has a 253-nautical-mile range, making it easily canyon-capable.

Bertram 35

35’1”
12’2”
310 Gal.
50 Gal.
2’2”
20,800 lb.

Viking Yachts 54 Open

Many anglers like open- or express-style sportfish designs as they enable the captain and crew to keep in close proximity, and the Viking 54 Open , which also is offered in a Sport Coupe or Sport Tower, does just that. The 54 Open’s bridge deck has a Palm Beach-style helm on centerline, flanked by a double-wide companion seat to port and a single seat to starboard. Abaft the helm and to port is U-shaped seating with a walnut table, creating a respite from the sun on tournament day while still allowing the crew to keep an eye on the spread via the open after bulkhead. Across from that seating is an L-shaped settee.

With a focus on fishing, the 54 Open has 154 square feet of cockpit real estate. Two sets of mezzanine seats offer perches for the crew to watch the spread. Other fishing-friendly features include a transom livewell, an in-deck fish box to starboard (with an optional livewell tub), an insulated in-deck box to port, a deck plate for mounting a rocket launcher or fighting chair, cooler stowage in the mezzanine steps (a bait freezer in the steps is optional), and a tuna door. Power is either twin 1,400 hp or 1,550 hp MAN diesels. For owners who prefer a three-sided fiberglass enclosure to a clear-plastic setup—but still want an open after bulkhead—Viking offers the 54 in the Sport Tower version. The 54 Sport Coupe model closes the after bulkhead, completely protecting the bridge deck from the elements.

Viking Yachts 54 Open

54’6”
17’8”
1,535 Gal.
198 Gal.
4’11”
75,026 lb.
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Used Sport Fishing Boats For Sale

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108' Burger 2001

$ 4,950,000

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103' Westship Sportfish 2003

$ 5,095,000

Lighthouse point, United States

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92' Sea Force IX Sportfish 2010

$ 2,745,000

North Palm Beach, United States

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92' Viking 92 Enclosed bridge 2017

$ 9,200,000

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90' Hatteras 90 1997

$ 1,450,000

Cartersville, United States

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82' Sea Force IX Enclosed Flybridge 2005

$ 1,950,000

Miami Beach, United States

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80' Viking 80 Skybridge 2017

$ 6,995,000

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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80' Viking 80 Convertible 2023

$ 9,250,000

Port Aransas, United States

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80' Palmer Johnson 80 Sportfish M/Y 1997

$ 4,599,000

Key Largo, United States

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80' Viking Sky Bridge 2017

$ 7,000,000

Stuart, United States

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80' Viking 80 Sportfish Convertible 2023

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80' Viking Enclosed Bridge 2017

$ 6,875,000

Description

The evolution of the sportfishing yacht has changed significantly over the past few decades, not just from the materials used in the hull, or the advancement in construction techniques, but from its true capabilities. Anglers move up from center-consoles to larger sportfishing yachts for several reasons, but the main one is that you can simply fish farther out and for longer periods of time. All sportfishing yachts were once entirely made of wood, and while some custom sport fishing boat manufacturers still build wooden boats, the vast majority of sportfishing yachts sold today use a high-quality composite that is resin-infused for maximum durability and performance. Hulls are larger, lighter, and stronger which means today's sport fishing boat can go faster and fit more on it. Many of the Viking Yachts or Hatteras Yachts today feature 3 to 4 staterooms, each with their own head along with oversized salons, enclosed bridges, flybridges, and more creature comforts to make your time on the water more enjoyable. The most popular style of sport fishing boat today has to be the Convertible Sportfish due to its versatility of having the open bridge, along with the amenities of a motor yacht .

There are thousands of yachts available on the United website through our MLS services, many of which are sportfishing boats. There are many different brands, styles, features, and capabilities of both custom and production sportfish sold today, and the team at United has years of experience both selling sportfish and working with the manufacturers on new builds. Our brokers will share with you what they think is the best sport fishing boat available on the market. Let the United team help you in your search to find the perfect sportfishing boat, call our main office today at (772) 463-3131. United is also a dealer for new Hatteras Yachts and Cabo Yachts .

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The improvements in construction and added space have paved the way for larger, more powerful engines to be used in sportfishing yachts. Whether tournament-fishing or just a weekend warrior, getting to the fishing grounds quickly is imperative. Today's sportfish boats can cruise anywhere from 20 to 30 knots and exceed speeds of 50 knots with big twin diesel engines. How fast a sportfishing boat can go depends on several factors include engine horsepower, hull shape, the construction of the vessel, and the weight of the entire boat.

It's the amenities on board though that generally appeal to the owner who likes to fish with his family. Comfortable, air-conditioned salons, full galley's with lots of storage for extended trips, hot showers in en suite bathrooms can make any extended fishing trip more enjoyable with kids on board especially.

Below are several prominent custom and production sportfishing boat brands :

  • Bayliss Boatworks
  • Bertram Yachts
  • Buddy Davis Boats
  • Egg Harbor Boats
  • F&S Yachts
  • Gamefisherman Boats
  • Garlington Yachts
  • G&S Yachts
  • Henriques Yachts
  • Jarrett Bay Yachts
  • Jim Smith Boats
  • Luhrs Yachts
  • Merritt Yachts
  • Ocean Yachts
  • Paul Mann Boats
  • Ritchie Howell Boats
  • Riviera Yachts
  • Rybovich Yachts
  • Spencer Yachts
  • Sunny Briggs Yachts
  • Viking Yachts
  • Weaver Yachts
  • Whiticar Yachts
  • Willis Yachts

Sportfishing yachts are typically boats 50ft and over that are purpose-designed and built for offshore fishing in tournaments such as the Atlantic Ocean White Marlin Open of Ocean City, MD—the world’s largest billfish tournament with a multi-million-dollar payout, or for the adventure of chasing pelagic gamefish in remote spots around the world. Kona-Hawaii (Pacific Blue Marlin), Isla Mujeres-Mexico (Sailfish), New Zealand (Striped Marlin), Great Barrier Reef-Australia (Giant Black Marlin), along with Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, are among the finest gamefish destinations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sportfishing Boats:

What type of yacht is best for fishing?

Although one can cast or drop a line from just about any boat, for the serious sport and tournament fisherman, a vessel designed from the ground up for the rigors of offshore fishing in many conditions and often customized to the owner’s wishes, are the best choice. There are many variations of the two basic types of sportfish boats—the Express Sportfish and the Flybridge/Convertible Sportfish. The Flybridge Sportfish boats (45ft and under) are not technically Convertibles, but distinctions are blurred as they are often marketed as such. Express Sportfish models have two decks, the main deck with helm and cockpit, accommodations below deck and tend to be smaller.

Most likely it will have a tower, but no flybridge. Examples are the Gamefisherman 50 Express, Huckins 45 Sportfisherman, Cabo Express SF. All feature large cockpits that are uncluttered and set up for fishing action and may include in-deck fish boxes, livewells, rod holders, ice machine, fighting chair, aft steering, transom “tuna” doors, tackle storage and more. Many have towers with their own steering stations, outriggers, rocket launcher rod holders, and other features. Convertible Sportfisherman are larger and most often completely custom world-class yachts for tournament and long-range fishing adventures. Examples are Michael Rybovich & Sons sportfishing yachts, Hatteras GT series, Viking Convertibles, Jim Smith, Merritt, F&S, Bertram, Custom Carolina, and many more.

Read: What Is The Best Size Sport Fishing Boat?

Below is a video of a 85' Jim Smith Custom Sportfish:

What is a Convertible Sportfishing boat?

Convertible Sportfish Yachts are typically 50ft or more with enclosed living area on the main deck and a flybridge with hard top or fully enclosed, in addition to accommodations below deck, and a large cockpit with a mezzanine deck with seating for guests to watch and enjoy the action. These yachts are often a custom build that combines the luxurious amenities of a motor yacht with the proven performance hull of a sportfisher, capable of converting to a cruising yacht, if desired. They will usually have a tower for spotting gamefish and utilize the latest technological advantages and fish-finding electronics, such as Furuno’s real-time 360-degree sonar systems, Seakeeper stabilizers, pod drives, powerful diesel engines and gensets, and much more. Convertible Sportfishers are evaluated on their seakeeping ability, stability and efficiency in speed and economy. Handling and performance underway or in fishing mode are vital, as they must be able to handle all types of conditions; many have redundant systems. The cockpit needs to be well arranged for anglers and crew to do battle with big trophy gamefish!

Example of a convertible sportfish:

convertible sportfishing boat

How much does a Sportfishing Yacht cost?

How much are you willing to spend? There are too many variables with the vast array of manufacturers and builders of Sportfishing Yachts to put a single price out there. Currently the average cost to purchase a Sportfishing Yacht over 40ft in the Southeast Region of the United States is about $815,500. Sportfishing yachts tend to cost more than a cruising motor yacht of the same length because of the additional specialized equipment, electronics, and build features, especially for a custom sportfish. Convertible sportfishing yachts have both the luxury accommodations of a motor yacht and the specialized features of a high-end “fishing machine.” When considering the cost of ownership, as with any vessel, be sure to factor in dockage/storage, insurance, maintenance, fuel and other running costs, captain and crew salaries (if needed), taxes & fees, and more.

Learn more about pricing here:

  • How Much Is A Sportfishing Yacht?
  • How Much Does A Fishing Yacht Cost?
  • Why Are Sportfishing Boats So Expensive?
  • Guide To Buying A Sportfishing Yacht

What is the best Sportfish boat?

There are so many excellent makes and models of Sportfishing boats and yachts available today that the question becomes a personal matter: Which sportfishing boat is best for you? Do you intend to enter tournaments, fish recreationally with family and friends, or pursue trophy billfish and other gamefish around the world, or for extended stays in the Bahamas? Your budget will also narrow the field or allow you to have a boat built to your specifics and uniquely reflect your style and taste. Some well-known Sportfish builders are as follows: Albemarle, American Custom Yachts (acquired by Willis Marine Inc in July 2021), BB Boats (especially built for charter use), Bertram Yacht, Bayliss Boatworks, Briggs Boatworks (Sunny Briggs), Cabo Yachts, Davis Yachts, F&S Boatworks, Gamefisherman, Garlington Landeweer, Hatteras Yachts, Henriques Yachts, Jarrett Bay, Jim Smith Boats, Paul Mann Custom Boats (retired 2021), Maverick Yachts (designed by Erwin Gerard, EG Designs and built in Costa Rica), Merritt’s Boat and Engine Works, Ritchie Howell Custom Boats, Roscioli Donzi Intl., Michael Rybovich and Sons, Scarborough Boatworks, Spencer Yachts, Viking Yachts, Weaver Boat Works, Willis Marine (just acquired ACY in Stuart, FL), Winter Custom Yachts, and new custom builder in St Augustine, FL, Vilano Boatworks--introducing a 65ft sportfish designed by noted naval architect, Erwin Gerard.

How much does a 50ft fishing boat cost?

Currently a used 2005 Ocean Yachts 50ft Super Sport is listed at $395,000 in the Florida east coast market, which is about average in the current brokerage market. Current (Aug. 2021) range in the yachting industry’s MLS is $600,000 for a 2000 Viking 50 Convertible Sport Fisher in California to a 1991 Ocean Yachts 50ft Super Sport located in Italy at $199,420. Of course, a new production or custom-built fishing boat will be much more.

What is the largest fishing yacht?

According to The Robb Report and Yachts International, the new 171ft Royal Huisman Sportfish Superyacht will be the world’s largest true sportfish yacht when it is launched. Currently under construction, the yacht will be equipped for the global pursuit of trophy gamefish such as swordfish and marlin that roam the world’s oceans, and a range of sportfishing options. Sportfishing has attracted new owners for the larger boats in recent decades and yachts with tall towers and outriggers dominate the world’s fishing grounds in South and Central America, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Rim and New Zealand.

Some of the other sportfishing yachts that fall into the superyacht strata are Trinity Yachts 131.7 ft BAD COMPANY built in 1998 and MARY P built in the New Orleans shipyard in 2008; McMullen & Wing 119ft MEA CULPA built in 2003; Yachting Developments (New Zealand) 118.5ft 2018 LANAKAI and 99ft AL DUHAIL, world’s largest all-carbon sportfisher launched in 2020; 116ft CIELO MARE built by Townsend Bay Marine. Other noted builders are American Custom Yachts 90ft C’EST LA VIE, Bayliss Boatworks 2014 90ft Singularis, Bertram’s 80ft Sportfisher with enclosed flybridge, Hatteras 90ft built in 1995 one of a series built between 1992-1993; Jarrett Bay 84ft delivered in 2016; Jim Smith Boats 105ft delivered in 2013, one of the largest cold-molded sportfishers built; Merritt’s 86ft DESTINY built in 2011 with enclosed bridge; Roscioli’s 92ft Evolution, capable of scaling up to a 105ft model; Michael Rybovich & Sons custom 88ft currently under construction; Spencer Yachts custom 87ft built in 2012; Viking 92ft Convertible launched in 2014; and Weaver Boatworks 87ft completed in 2013 for fishing the Seychelles Islands.

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Is Hatteras Yachts still building sportfishing models?

Recently (2021) acquired by White River Marine Group (Bass Pro Shops family of brands), the Next generation of the legendary Hatteras sportfish yachts will be the focus of White River Marine as they make Hatteras the “finest sportfishing boats ever made,” building on the traditions and innovations that began over 60 years ago in 1959 in North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras coast. The current production and semi-custom Hatteras Sportfish GT Series ranges from the GT45X Express Cruiser, GT45X Flybridge, GT45X Tower, GT45X Open to the GT54, GT59, GT65 Carolina, and GT70—all designed and built in New Bern, NC with the offshore angler in mind. These elegant, updated classic sportfish models are beautifully crafted with the features, rigging and signature Hatteras ride. Built strong (over engineered) to perform well in the fierce currents and swells off Cape Hatteras and anywhere else you like to fish.

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Combining performance and practicality, sportfisher yachts are built with game-fish in mind. Whether you're a serious fisherman or just enjoy weekends with the family while trying to catch dinner, sportfishing yachts can give you speed, comfort, stability, and reliability.

Because the reefs and depths that these waters present more opportunity, the realm of offshore sportfishing is one that you will enjoy once you have some experience. But that's not to say you require experience to enjoy your sportfishing adventure, in fact it's easier than ever for beginners to start.

There's a bevy of equipment that can maximize your yield on any sport fishing yacht, from outriggers to towers and livewells, there are many modifications you can make for your sport fishing yacht. Fishing towers can give you an eagle eye view to spot large schools of fish, or where your next huge catch is waiting.

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Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by Boatsetter Team

Hop aboard the best fishing boats for pursuing your favorite target species, and you’ll be in for a day of rod-bending fun.

Whether you’re going to rent a fishing boat or buy one of your own, there are plenty of types to choose from. In fact, you’ll encounter a dizzying array of boats including some designed to target specific species, some intended for use in specific types of waterways, and some that are meant to blend fishing and family boating. The top types of fishing boats you’ll likely encounter include:

Aluminum fishing boats

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Particularly in freshwater venues, aluminum fishing boats are among the most popular choices around. They may range from 12 to 20-plus feet, and you’ll see everything from simple flat-bottom Jon boats intended for use in protected waters to complex V- hull models that are capable of handling huge bodies of water like the Great Lakes. Aluminum fishing boats are also popular in rivers and bays along the coast, and most of them can be used in saltwater without any problems.

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Bass boats are highly specialized fishing machines, dedicated to one purpose and one purpose only: getting you to the bass and helping you catch them. Many feature high power outboards and can zoom across the lake at highway speeds. They tend to be loaded with electronics, as well as fishing accessories like bow -mounted trolling motors and electric pole anchors.

Remember that most bass boats have huge fore and aft decks and very little cockpit room, which makes them ideal for casting from an elevated position but also limits their capacity. In fact, most bass boats are intended to carry just one to three anglers on any given fishing trip. High-end models are usually fiberglass, while more economical models tend to be aluminum builds.

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While they may not be the pick of hardcore anglers, fish-and-ski boats are equipped for casting but also have all the traits a boat needs for watersports fun. That’s why many people see fish-and-skis as a top choice when it comes to finding the best family boats . Many have a dual console layout and lots of seating, so they may not have as much open fishing space as a dedicated angling machine, but they’ll also be equipped with critical fishing features like livewells and fishing rod holders.

Fish-and-ski boats are available in both aluminum and fiberglass models, generally range from 17 to 22 feet in length, and usually have potent outboards that can yank a skier out of the hole with no problem.

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You say one family member wants to kick back and bathe in the sun, another would like to be pulled around the lake on a tow-toy after the fishing is done, and you want to sit in the lap of luxury while you wait for a bite? In that case, a fishing pontoon boat will be what you’re looking for. These are more or less like other pontoon boats but usually have fishing seats at the bow or stern as opposed to couches. Most also have fishing-specific modules added on with a livewell, fishing rod holders, and bait trays or tackle storage compartments.

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Anglers all along the coastline going after everything from striped bass to snook will want to check out inshore fishing boats . Although most will be center console boats , you may also be choosing from dual console, walkaround, and skiff models. Subcategories of inshore fishing boats which are a bit more specialized for specific forms of fishing include flats boats (for fishing in shallow waters), bay boats (which can still go fairly shallow but also have deeper V-hulls to smooth out the ride in larger bodies of water), and hybrids (which share the traits of multiple different types).

Top features to look for include large livewells, plenty of fishing rod holders, onboard tackle storage compartments, and spacious fishboxes. Most are fiberglass but you will see some aluminum offerings as well, and they may range from 16 up to 30 feet in length.

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You want to try deep sea fishing , and pursue those massive pelagics? In that case you’ll need an offshore fishing boat. Smaller models will start in the mid 20-foot range and these boats go up to huge 60-foot battlewagons. The vast majority of the offshore fishing boats you’ll see are stoutly built fiberglass models, which can take on big seas and make the long runs that are necessary to get to distant fishing grounds. Offshore fishing boats tend to be heavily equipped with integrated fishing features that run the gamut: livewells, fishboxes, rod holders, rocket launchers, outriggers, tackle and rigging stations, and more.

Which of these types of fishing boats will be best for your next fishing trip? That all depends on where you want to go and what you want to catch. Whatever your choice may be, here’s to hoping you enjoy a day of rod-bending fun.

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Best Jon Boat Pelican Boat Intruder 12

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A new fishing boat can take your angling expeditions to a whole different level. Fishing from shore is fun, but it often limits the water you can fish. A good fishing boat will allow you to access more water, use different techniques, get away from the crowds, and give you the freedom that only comes from having your own fishing boat. And besides that, fishing from a boat is fun. Pack a cooler with some drinks and food and enjoy a day catching fish and making memories with family and friends.

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  • Best Inflatable: S tar Outlaw 130 Self-Bailing Fishing Raft
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The Pelican Boat Intruder 12 is a well-made jon boat tailored for fishing. Bass Pro Shop

The Pelican Boat Intruder 12 comes equipped with four vertical rod holders, which can be used for both trolling and multi-rod fishing. It has four bench seats, oarlock receptacles, two built-in motor mounts, and plenty of storage compartments that allow you to keep all of your fishing equipment close by.

Best Inflatable: Star Outlaw 130 Self-Bailing Fishing Raft

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The Star Outlaw 130 Self-Bailing Fishing Raft excels at navigating tight water. Cabela’s

The Star Outlaw 130 Self-Bailing Fishing Raft is a small raft equipped with everything you need for a fishing expedition whether you’re fishing a fast-flowing river or your favorite bass pond. The boat fits up to three people and comes with a built-in anchor system, as well as swivel seats in the front and back of the raft. The raft is self-bailing, which is an important feature in any inflatable watercraft.

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The Lifetime Stealth Angler 110 Fishing Kayak is sleek, stable, and has fishing-friendly features. Cabela’s

The Lifetime Stealth Angler 110 Fishing Kayak is a high-performance fishing kayak. It’s extra-long length gives it stability and speed. UV-resistant high-density polyethylene construction is sturdy and durable. Where this kayak really stands out as a fishing boat are the features such as the one deck-mount and 2 flush-mount rod holders, plus and roomy storage compartments for tackle.

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The Outcast Fish Cat 5 Max Float Tube is a big belly boat that’s built to handle large anglers. Cabela’s

The Outcast Fish Cat 5 Max Float Tube is a comfortable and durable belly boat. It’s large enough to handle tall and heavy anglers, which means it is extra spacious for other body types. It includes easy-to-reach storage compartments to stash all of your fishing equipment.

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The Intex Seahawk Inflatable Boat Series is a low-price but functional fishing boat. Intex

The Intex Seahawk Inflatable Boat doesn’t have any snazzy features like rotatable seats, but it does feature heavy duty, puncture resistant PVC construction. It has a capacity of more than 500 pounds, features two built-in rod holders, and allows you to get out to the fish in calm water conditions. What more could you ask for?

Features To Consider When Shopping For A New Fishing Boat

A fishing boat should be both dependable and durable. No matter what kind of fishing you’re doing, you’re liable to beat your boat up against rocks, docks, gravel shorelines, and whatever else you might encounter on the quest for a trophy fish. A good fishing boat is strong enough to up to whatever you put it through and keeps working no matter the conditions are

Beyond that, there are several key considerations you should make when searching for a good fishing boat. Do you want a small fishing boat that is lightweight and portable, or do you need something larger that will be able to fit all of your fishing equipment? What kind of water are you fishing? If you’re fishing fast-flowing rivers, you need something that will drift well, but if you’re fishing lakes, you need something that will get around easily. How many people do you plan to fish with? Some boats are small enough that they only fit one person. Do you want an inflatable fishing boat that you can break down for storage, or do you want an aluminum fishing boat that you’ll store in the shed? Have answers to these questions before pulling the trigger on a new watercraft.

Simplicity: The Jon Boat

A jon boat is a small aluminum fishing boat that typically has a flat or nearly flat bottom and a squared-off bow. A jon boat is about as basic as it gets. It doesn’t have many features, but will get the job done just fine for many anglers.

A jon boat often comes with bench-style seats. They aren’t good in fast water and will perform better on lakes. You can power your jon boat with a small motor. Look for jon boats with basic fishing features, like rod holders and storage compartments, to make fishing from it easy.

A jon boat isn’t particularly stable, especially in smaller sizes. Be prepared to get pushed around if you fish where waves are generated. You may have to do a fair bit of fishing while sitting down or risk falling off trying to stand up in rough surf. This is definitely not a boat that will always keep you comfortable, but a good jon boat is dependable and will allow you to fish where you want to fish without paying a lot for a fancy boat.

Portability: The Inflatable Fishing Boat

Owning a boat typically requires you to have space to store it. If you don’t have a garage or yard where you can keep it, an inflatable fishing boat is a good option—simply deflate for compact storage. To save time, you can inflate the boat at home and haul it to the water on top of your car or truck when it’s inflated, allowing you to hit the water quickly.

Because of their buoyancy, inflatable fishing boats sit high on the water with minimal draft. This means that you can go over shallow water and rock beds that a more traditional boat couldn’t. These are often good vessels for fishing rivers, because they’re easy to navigate. You can also use a small motor to jet around a lake with a good inflatable fishing craft without a hitch.

Maneuverability: The Belly Boat

A belly boat is a great option for fishing a quiet lake or pond. Also known as a float tube is an inflatable watercraft in which the user sits with lower legs immersed in the water. The boat is buoyed by either two inflated tubes, as in the case of a pontoon boat, or a u-shaped inflated float tube.

Belly boats only fit one angler at a time. They don’t include much in the way of storage. They can’t handle rough or even choppy, water. But they’re fun to fish from. Belly boats are portable and maneuverable. You can go anywhere, and some anglers say there’s no better way to fish stillwater. You will need to wear waders while fishing if the water is chilly.

On a Budget: What You Get for Less Than $85

You don’t need to buy a fancy boat to get on the water. A cheap fishing boat means you aren’t going to jet around large bodies of water quickly, you’re not going to have a lot of room, and you’ll have to use oars to power yourself. But you can get yourself away from the shoreline without spending a lot of money.

Q: What is the major danger of anchoring a fishing boat from the stern?

Never anchor your fishing boat from the stern. Boats are designed to go forward, and anchoring from the stern will prevent it from making necessary natural adjustments to the wind and current. That potentially allows the boat to fill with water and sink.

Q: How should you pass a fishing boat?

When you pass a fishing boat, do your best not to disturb it. Go slow and give a wide enough berth to avoid tangling any lines.

Final Thoughts: Best Fishing Boats

Buying a new fishing boat is an investment that can give you high returns. A fishing boat will get you to the fish wherever you are and have enough room to store all of your fishing gear. There are many different options available to you, from jon boats to inflatable rafts. Make sure you get a boat that works well in the water conditions you’re going to face. A good one won’t just be the envy of your friends, it will help you catch more fish.

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Michael jordan boat comes up short in fishing tournament ... doesn't place.

Michael Jordan 's boat was not the G.O.A.T. this weekend ... leaving a big fishing tournament empty-handed.

His Airness' Catch 23 watercraft competed in the 66th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin competition in Morehead City, NC ... in hopes of landing a piece of the massive $7.5 million prize pool.

MJ's crew of seven anglers and a captain, however, did not place or earn any money over the course of the weekend.

A boat named Game Time reeled in the heaviest blue marlin ... capturing a 516-pounder. According to the leaderboard, Catch 23 accumulated 400 total pounds throughout the weekend.

MJ's boat has competed in the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament before. Back in 2020 , Jordan's team came in second to last in the event -- despite catching a 442.3-pound fish!

MJ and Co. have had success in prior events. In August 2023, Catch 23 sailed out to Cape May, N.J., and took home third place in the 32nd annual MidAtlantic Fishing tournament's white marlin division -- snagging a 75-pound marlin.

While Jordan's results could have been better, he was still doing it in style ... as he recently reportedly took delivery of a brand new 82-foot vessel -- which he broke in at the tournament this past weekend.

Michael Jordan is in North Carolina this week with his new 82-foot Bayliss fishing boat. MJ will compete against 300 other boats for a $7.5 million purse at the Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament. Pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/D9JGtFB0eW — Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) June 11, 2024 @JoePompliano

Luckily for Mike, there are 353 days until the 67th iteration of this tournament ... so there's plenty of time to get some practice reps in!

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The French navy has seized 2.4 tons of cocaine from a Venezuelan fishing boat in the Atlantic, authorities said Monday.

Acting on a tip from the customs department, a helicopter from the surveillance frigate Ventose landed a team on the fishing boat about 1,500 kilometers northeast of the Caribbean island of Martinique, France's Caribbean Armed Services department said.  

The boat, the crew and the cocaine were handed over to Venezuelan authorities, the department said in a Facebook post.

The incident marked yet another large seizure of cocaine in the same waters this month. On May 2 and May 9, authorities said the Ventôse and the patrol vessel La Résolue  seized 2,466 kilograms of cocaine  in the Atlantic, off the coast of the Antilles. The French navy posted images of the seizure.

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The military department said it had now seized more than 12 tons of narcotics this year. The Caribbean is taking on growing importance in the trafficking of cocaine from South America to Europe and North America.

The 22.7 tons of cocaine intercepted in the region in 2022 was more than five times the figure of a decade earlier.

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International drug traffickers routinely use different kinds of boats to move narcotics. Earlier this month, Italian police announced the seizure of a remote-controlled submarine  likely intended to transport drugs as part of an international drug trafficking network.

Much larger  semi-submersibles , which cannot go fully underwater, are popular among international drug traffickers as they can often elude detection by authorities. The so-called "narco-subs" are sometimes seized in Colombian waters while heading to the United States, Central America and Europe.  

Colombia produces about 60% of the cocaine found in the world. 

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One of the season's first bonito was landed Friday by an angler on board the sea bass fishing party boat Queen Mary in view of the Atlantic Highlands.

The boat was in less than 90 feet of water and the ocean surface temperature was in the mid-60s. The bonito, which was around a pound in size, hit an AVA jig that was trailing a red teaser.

The fleet of bottom fishing boats continue to reel in the sea bass at a steady clip as the fish are hard to miss over the hard structure off the rock piles and reefs. It seems like a lot of anglers are getting comfortable catching the fish on jigs and teasers over traditional clam or squid baits. Of course, there are plenty of swings and misses.

Capt. Ron Kish of the Capt. Cal II out of Belmar said his anglers that were dialed in with the jigs caught their limits this weekend. He hopped around a bit over the rocky bottom but said he saw pretty much the same action wherever he stopped.

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There is one week left though in the spring sea bass fishery, which closes on June 19 only to reopen on July 1 with a one-fish daily bag limit.

There hasn't been too much noise on the boats fishing ocean side for striped bass, but the fish are put grazing close inshore. The rocky bottom from Long Branch to Monmouth Beach has given up several nice bass. Chris, Beth, Elli and Charlie Jewell were wire-rod trolling bunker spoons in 40 feet of water off of Mantoloking when they connected with a 51-inch striped bass. The fish was released when they got it boat side.

Surf fishermen have had a slow and steady pick of stripers. The fish have been nosing around the Ocean County barrier islands all spring and Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park had reports of bass landed on jerk shad baits. Surf casters bumped into a few bass casting top plugs near the jetty groins off the Monmouth County beaches. The blues have also been in and out of the surf. Giglio's Tackle in Sea Bright had a report of bluefish hooked on a yellow Gibbs plug.

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Giglio's also weighed in a 6.8-pound fluke that measured 28 inches long. The fish was caught in the surf near the shop on a bucktail and teaser.

Pipe Dreamer wins Bluefin Open

Chalk up another big fish for Chip Caruso's Pipe Dreamer, which won the Mid-Atlantic with an 889-pound blue marlin last year. This weekend Caruso's crew landed a 224-pound bluefin tuna to win the Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club's Bluefin Open tournament. Caruso was on the reel for this one, which was captured on day four of the five day tournament. The big tuna was just two pounds off the record for the tournament.

The bluefin were at a premium because only seven, included a real small football that weighed 18 pounds were, caught by the tournament's 74 entered boats.

When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel is not reporting the news, you can find him in a college classroom where he is a history professor. Reach him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; [email protected].

Video shows the Houthis attack a merchant ship with a naval drone seemingly disguised as a slow fishing boat

  • The Houthis last week used a naval drone to hit a commercial vessel in the Red Sea.
  • New footage circulating on social media appears to show the moments leading up to the attack.
  • The naval drone, likely packed with explosives, appears to be a crude-looking fishing vessel.

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New video footage appears to show the moments before a Houthi naval drone — seemingly disguised as a slow-moving fishing boat — struck a commercial vessel in the Red Sea last week.

The Iran-backed rebels on Wednesday scored a hit on the M/V Tutor with an uncrewed surface vessel , causing severe flooding and damage to the engine room of the bulk cargo carrier, and forcing the crew to abandon the ship.

A video purporting to show the attack began circulating around social media on Sunday. In it, armed security guards aboard what was identified as the Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned Tutor can be seen observing what seems to be the crude-looking naval drone — likely packed with explosives — as it slowly approaches the ship unobstructed.

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Shortly after the attack was first reported, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, an element of the British Royal Navy, described the USV as a "small craft" that was white in color and between 5-7 meters (16-23 feet) in length, matching the description of the drone in the videos.

Footage showing the Moments right before as well as right after the Liberian-Flagged, Greek-Owned Bulk Cargo Ship, M/V Tutor was Struck on June 10th by a Houthi One-Way Surface Attack Drone while Transiting the Southern Red Sea. Armed Security Guards can be seen Observing the… pic.twitter.com/7khCPLQqnq — OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) June 17, 2024

Open-source intelligence accounts also shared photos of the apparent damage caused to the Tutor, revealing a clear puncture in the wall and water inside the vessel. US Central Command said the ship "remains in the Red Sea and is slowly taking on water."

Business Insider was unable to immediately verify the footage or images.

With the Tutor effectively stranded at sea, the crew was forced to evacuate. On Saturday, a US Navy helicopter airlifted 24 mariners to the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea. From there, the individuals were then transported to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, where they were medically checked before being flown to shore.

One crew member is still missing, the Navy disclosed on Sunday.

"We are always prepared to help; it is the right thing to do," said Rear Adm. Marc Miguez, the commander of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, a warship that has been at the forefront of the fight against the Houthis.

Last week's attack marked the Houthis' first successful USV strike since they began targeting shipping lanes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden last fall. Previous attempts either saw the naval drones destroyed by Western forces, or they detonated in the water without hitting anything.

The Tutor was not the only commercial shipping vessel struck last week. The Iran-backed rebels also hit the M/V Verbena with multiple anti-ship missiles as the bulk cargo carrier was sailing through the Gulf of Aden. The crew eventually abandoned their vessel due to the damage sustained, marking the second time that's happened in the area in just a matter of days.

"This continued malign and reckless behavior by the Iranian-backed Houthis threatens regional stability and endangers the lives of mariners across the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden," the US military said on Saturday, adding that it "will continue to act with partners to hold the Houthis accountable and degrade their military capabilities."

Watch: How the Iranian-backed Houthi militia compares to the US-led task force in the Red Sea

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Chinese man who sailed into a strategic river mouth in Taiwan was acting on his own, China says

In this photo released by the Taiwan Coast Guard, Taiwan's coast guard officials are seen on board a speedboat that an alleged former Chinese naval officer used to enter a harbor in New Taipei city, Taiwan on Monday, June 10, 2024. Taiwanese authorities are investigating how the Chinese man had driven the small boat into a strategic river mouth that leads to the capital of the self-governing island republic. (Taiwan Coast Guard via AP)

In this photo released by the Taiwan Coast Guard, Taiwan’s coast guard officials are seen on board a speedboat that an alleged former Chinese naval officer used to enter a harbor in New Taipei city, Taiwan on Monday, June 10, 2024. Taiwanese authorities are investigating how the Chinese man had driven the small boat into a strategic river mouth that leads to the capital of the self-governing island republic. (Taiwan Coast Guard via AP)

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BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government said Wednesday that a Chinese man who sailed a small boat into a strategic river mouth in Taiwan was acting on his own and would be punished after his return to China.

Taiwanese authorities have detained the man, who has been identified as a 60-year-old former Chinese naval officer surnamed Ruan, according to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency. His reported military background raised suspicion that the voyage might have been an attempt by China to test Taiwan’s detection and defense capabilities.

“This is purely his personal behavior,” said Chen Binhua, the spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office.

The authorities from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party “do not need to be paranoid, make a fuss and engage in political manipulation,” Chen said in response to a question at a news conference.

China claims self-governing Taiwan as its territory and says the island must come under its control. The Chinese military regularly sends warplanes and ships toward the island and staged a large exercise with dozens of aircraft and vessels last month.

China's Defense Minister Dong Jun speaks during the 21st Shangri-La Dialogue summit at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, Sunday, June 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The small boat was detected off Taiwan’s coast on Sunday but apparently was not interdicted until it began interfering with ferry traffic across the Tamsui River, which leads to the capital, Taipei, and flows into the 160-kilometer (100-mile) -wide strait that separates Taiwan and China.

The Taiwan Strait is a key transit point for global commerce but is also known for its winds and tides, raising speculation over whether the small boat made it on its own from the Chinese coast or was launched from a larger vessel.

Transport links have been restored between the sides over the past two decades, but China’s ruling Communist Party keeps tight restrictions on where serving and retired officials can travel.

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