Some people think fishing is relaxing. But that’s hardly the case with the Monster Energy Fishing Team, which competes as if hooked to an IV drip of its sponsor’s caffeinated soft drink. The team’s main focus: winning big-time kingfish tournaments aboard the new Deep Impact 390C Open.
This boat is built to race in rough seas — not to a finish line, but to fish such as live-in-the-fast-lane king mackerel. In addition to creating a cushion of air, the multistep hull offers variable planing surfaces for greater lift.
Launching off the face of rollers, it lands smoothly, thanks to a deep-V that carries aft with 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom and Mercury racing tabs. No thuds. No shudders. Deep Impact hull bottoms are reinforced with resin-infused coring, and the sides are cored with Mantex and Divinycell. The hull also gets several layers of Kevlar. Three-across racing seats at the helm (with the driver in the center) keep crew in place. Tackle storage and rocket-launcher rod holders are integrated into the seat-back pod. Two additional bucket seats are integrated into the forward console door. Inside the console is a marine privy with seven feet of headroom.