After years of going slow on diesel boats, I finally stepped up my game and purchased a new boat. Charter fishermen don’t get a lot of chances to get a brand new boat, so when the time came, I wanted to make sure I made the right choice and got exactly what I wanted.
In January 2016, I took delivery of a brand new 37’ Freeman VH! It’s a catamaran with an 11’6’’ beam, so it’s super stable. What sets it apart from the rest, is the custom tower from Sherman Marine. The tower was a must, since we do so much sight fishing in the Florida Keys. The boat is powered by twin 350 Yamaha outboards that provide a 32–35 knot cruise, depending on the sea conditions.
There are three 70 gallon livewells in the boat, which are perfect for Islamorada since we do so much live baiting. For electronics, I went with all Simrad touch screens and the new Halo 3 radar. I put a 1 kw transducer for shallow water and a 3 kw transducer for deep water.
Of course, I needed a sound system and an 8 speaker setup from JL Audio was the only way to go. I put on a pair of lightweight carbon fiber outriggers from Marsh Tacky Carbon and there’s an 800 quart coffin box for fish, as well as a 250 quart deck box.
Coming up with a name for the new boat was tricky, but, after months of thinking about it, I settled on “Broad Minded”. I spend so much of my time chasing broadbill swordfish I want to let them know that I am thinking about them.
You won’t mistake the boat either, as it bears a red, white, and blue American wrap from Pelagic.
I’m super excited about the boat and it’s going to be such a change of pace from going 15 knots! Let me know when you’d like to go fishing on the new boat!
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