The Best Sportfish Superyachts | Boat International
8 The Best Sportfish Superyachts
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Lanakai

Are you an avid angler interested in sport fishing? Read through our round-up of the best sportfish superyachts, ideal for capturing the catch of the day at sea.

Yachting Developments’ Lanakai takes the top sportfish yacht spot after being delivered in 2017. The 39.5 metre superyacht is constructed entirely from carbon fibre to a design by Michael Peters and can reach a top speed of 30 knots thanks to the power of two 3100.0hp MTU diesel engines. Spread over four decks, Lanaki can accommodate 10 guests and six crew. Her interiors, designed by Naylor Booth, sport an alliance of finely crafted American walnut joinery and muted fabrics. Lanakai boasts two saloons within her spacious interiors as well as a bar and stainless-steel aft deck barbecue for preparing the catch of the day.

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Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa can reach a top speed of 23.5 knots, despite being one of the largest sportfish yachts ever delivered. The McMullen & Wing superyacht, designed by Jack Sarin, measures in at a hefty 42.28 metres. Mea Culpa can accommodate up to eight guests and six crew in her interiors, which have been designed by Marnell Corrao. She boasts a deck jacuzzi on board for post-fishing relaxation. Mea Culpa was delivered in 2003 and is powered by two 2735.0hp MTU 12V4000M90 diesel engines.

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Mary P

37.19 metre sportfish Mary P was delivered in 2008 by Trinity Yachts. Built to satisfy the ultimate fisherman, this custom yacht incorporates a Simrad forward-looking sonar in the bow and a transom specifically designed to back down on fish at 10 knots. Twin 2,550hp Caterpillar diesel engines give her a top speed of 25 knots. Mary P was designed by Doug Sharp together with Geoff Van Aller and is the only sportfish yacht to be built to ABS class. Her interiors have been designed by Judy Bell Davis and she can sleep up to Eight guests and three crew below deck. On board amenities include a skylounge, bar and a formal dining area forward.

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Hatteras GT70

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Described as "tournament ready", the Hatteras GT70 is one for the serious sportfishers. It "thrives" at 40+ knots and excels in the "kind of serious chop that makes other boats reluctant to venture out at all." The 21.35 metre yacht is ready for the chase with twin Cat C-32A 1,926hp diesel engines. With a variable dead-rise hull design, the Hatteras GT70 is built to excel in the most challenging of conditions. Meanwhile, the high gloss teak interior accommodates 10 guests in five generous staterooms.

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The Best Sportfish Superyachts

Launched by Jarrett Bay Boatworks in December 2017, the 27 metre Jaruco has become the first sportfish ever to be recognised as a finalist in the 2019 Boat International Design and Innovation Awards. Featuring ultra strong and lightweight titanium propeller shafts, and capable of carrying over 4,000 gallons of fuel, Jaruco has the range and speed to reach the most remote fisheries in the world. As Jarrett Bay founder Randy Ramsey said: "Probably more research and development man hours went into this boat than any other sportfish in the history of our sport."

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Sea Force IX 94.5

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The 28.8 metre Sea Force IX 94.5 Luxury Performance Sport Yacht is designed to get you to the fish first. Powered by twin 2,600hp MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines, the yacht is capable of reaching a top speed of 36 knots. The GRP constructed yacht features interiors designed and built bespoke for each client and has enough space for the whole family. Accommodation is for nine guests across four cabins comprising a master, VIP stateroom, double cabin and twin. There is also space enough for three crew, ensuring a luxury fishing experience.

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Viking 92 Convertible

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Available in open bridge and enclosed bridge configurations, Viking's 28 metre flagship blends plush interior spaces with serious sportfishing capability. Equipped with dual mezzanine decks, the yacht features an outside galley and al fresco BBQ, meaning your catch can go from the sea to the plate in a matter of minutes. A total of 12 guests can tag along for the ride, with all six staterooms equipped with their own private head and shower. The spacious master suite, meanwhile, has a kingsize walk-around bed, walk-in closet, private bathrooms and a dressing room.

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Marlena

The 32 metre sportfish yacht Marlena from Jim Smith Yachts is thought to be the biggest sportfish yacht out there built entirely of wood. Traditional build methods don't slow her down though – Marlena is also one of the fastest on the list of best sportfish yachts, reaching a top speed of 39 knots and cruising at 27. With naval architecture by Donald Blount and Jim Smith, she rides on a proven hull. Marlena accommodates nine guests in an interior by designer Elizabeth Dalton.

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