Bred from stable, modestly powered working craft, designer Michael Peters helped refine Andros into performance outboard fishing machines and developed the Offshore 32. Built for 700 hp and to lope over the roughest seas, the Offshore 32 delivers hardcore fishability, durability and comfort.
It boasts a 24-degree transom deadrise to cleave seas. Though our tests were conducted inshore, the chop that day was capable of shaking lesser boats to the stringers, and our tester did not rattle or wallow as we created doubled-up wakes, circling back over our own wake, then crashing back through them. We could tell only the direst small-craft warnings would keep the Andros Offshore 32 from reaching the tournament fishing grounds. The boat features plenty of bow flare to throw back seas and a cockpit deep enough to be safe without handicapping the mate’s ability to bill a fish and unhook it.
Tackle stowage is plentiful in the rigging station behind the leaning post. A rigging table folds down for convenience and reveals compartments for terminal tackle as well. Livewells in the transom, plus one huge tank in the belly, mean anglers can carry all the tournament-winning ammo they need. Underneath, a carry-on cooler slides out of the way on rollers.
It’s a three-piece hull with deck, hull and sole. The stringer grid below that is bonded to the hull and sole. Some stowage compartments had fiberglass liners, gelcoated for easy care. The deck is all one level with no step, something a hooked-up angler will appreciate when chasing a fish from bow to stern. The walkway between the console and gunwale remains wide and the footing clear, since the hardtop and upper-station supports are fitted to steps on the center console. The optional upper station folded down nicely for trailering purposes.
A raw-water fitting portside amidships made washing the deck easy, and a rack under the gunwale stowed the hose.
On the platform, a walkway between port and starboard landing pads gave good footing for catching a dock line or lashing one to the stern cleats.
The Offshore 32 is the flagship of the Andros line, designed to perform in high seas and fish hard.
- Optional upper station offers ample space for two people.
- Power options include all outboard manufacturers.
- Leaning post lacks armrests.
- Fixed-height leaning-post seats offer an ideal standing position but were high for seated driving. That was mitigated by the console footrest placed higher
- as well.
Bluewater Sportishing Boats skips from 28 feet to the 355e, but its 2850 boasts an engine bracket to provide the running characteristics of a longer, bustled transom hull. The 2850 is sleek and its 24-degree deadrise slashes through seas for competitive fishing. An upper station is available. The base price with twin Suzuki 300 hp engines is $161,724.
Price: $265,870 (as tested with electronics)
Available Power: Outboard
How We Tested
Engine: Dual Evinrude 300 hp
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Enertia 141/2″ x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 150 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Andros Boatworks – Sarasota, Florida; 941-351-9702; androsboats.com