By Robert Ullberg
This boat is an alternative placed in the group of the mid-size flybridge sport fishing boat and the large center console. Let’s call it a crossover (do not use the word hybrid) between large center consoles and mid size flybridge sport fishing yachts. This boat is perfectly suited for a multitude of scenarios but the basic design premise is day fishing functionality. The cockpit is obviously the focal point and that’s the whole point. The working end of these types of boats seems to be shrinking in order to allow for larger interior spaces….that, let’s face it….hardly get used during a day trip.
In my mind, this boat is a gentleman fisherman’s solution to the large, multi-outboard day fishing platform. It is intended to be a vehicle that demonstrates the simplicity and dependability of inboard diesel propulsion as well as exude all the critical touches of the nimble and lightweight classic and classically inspired modern sport fishing boats.
Structurally, she is to be built of foam cored carbon fiber. Cosmetically, she will have epoxy/e-glass skin coats in order to facilitate inexpensive blemish repairs and offer a “skid pad” for the bottom. All major components will be “toughened” epoxy infused and utilize the “double bag” method of laminate compression. This insures the absolute highest glass/resin ratios without having to use an autoclave.
Interior accommodations include a simple but complete galley aft of the cabin entrance. Two bunks above massive tackle lockers, drawers and cabinets. The wet head is forward.
The bottom line here is that manufacturing and materials technology is becoming more and more advanced, cost effective and more and more available to the marine market. Certainly to the sport fishing industry. Ullberg Yacht Design in partnership with Front Street Shipyards aims to utilize these processes, materials, and technologies in order to build a truly “high tech” machine with world class day fishing capabilities.
The outfitting spec is intentionally loose. This gives the owner and his/her professional captain a certain latitude to tune the boat to their intended use.