What He Wants
I’m a coastal light tackle and fly fisherman at heart. I want a boat that serves as a stable casting platform in the waves with as few obstructions that impede fishing as possible. I believe you can tow kids behind anything, and that beanbags make perfect cockpit seats. Strip it down, make it tough and rugged, and point me to the inlet.
I like a deeper V and narrower beam for slicing through waves in the inlet, but I also like the variable deadrise design, which makes for a sharper entry, but with a shallower, more stable V aft.
It’s narrow with lots of walk-around room to either side. Simple and clean with plenty of space to mount electronics. A T-top or Bimini just gets in the way of casting. Shade? We can all wear sun buffs and SPF 30.
I want insulated fish boxes and inwale rod racks as well as tackle drawers and places to stow the cast net, chum bucket and various other accoutrements.
I want an outboard so I can trim it out of the water when the boat is sitting in its slip, and it’s not soaking in salt water. Plus, care and maintenance are relatively simple.
I don’t want too much hardware back there that interferes with fighting fish around the motorwell or adds drag.
We don’t need a head on board. Heads always stink and someone needs to clean it. Just go over the side. I want the center console to be storage
I like recessed cleats and wide gunwale topsides with nonskid.
The nonslip deck, recessed safety rails and well-placed grab handle are perfect for wedging in and casting or fighting fish from the bow in a rough sea.
His Inspiration: Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman 23
The Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman 23 is a 22-foot-8-inch boat with an 8-foot beam. It has a variable deadrise hull with a 56-degree angle at the bow for wave slicing that tapers to 12 degrees at the transom for stability. It is a coastal fishing machine with attributes centered around the piscatorial. jonesbrothersmarine.com