The Best Saltwater Fishing Boats

The Best Saltwater Fishing Boats
The best saltwater fishing boats are designed to take a beating and get you home safely. These boats, in the 23- to 25-foot range, are perfect for four anglers and are the best fishing machines in the water.

Contender 23T

The best of its class, the Contender 23 Tournament is 25.25 feet long with an 8.5-foot beam. Maximum power for the 23T is 400HP, which pushes this boat at speeds upward of 60 mph. The 175-gallon fuel capacity qualifies the 23T as a true offshore boat, and its 4,200 pounds of hull can handle offshore conditions.

KenCraft Challenger

The 23-foot Kencraft Challenger is a deep-V sea-eating machine. Weighing in at 3,500 pounds, the Challenger cuts through tough conditions and can handle up to 400HP on the business end. Extra height on the gunnels keeps your passengers safe and gives you something solid to lean on when fighting fish. The Challenger is one of the top fishing boats available.

Parker 2320SL

The Parker 2320SL is a pilothouse boat ideal for fishing in foul weather. The cabin is roomy enough to house all your electronics and still keep your crew dry. Maximum power for this machine is 250HP and it carries 150 gallons of fuel. Parker has a well-earned reputation for building boats that handle rough conditions, and this 23-footer is no exception.

Edgewater 245CC

The Edgewater 245CC is 24.5 feet long with an 8.5-foot beam, and 29 inches of interior freeboard means your passengers will feel secure inside your boat. This deep-V hull weighs 3,400 lbs. and will cut through rough seas with ease. Fuel capacity on the 245CC is 150 gallons, nearly double the capacity of many other boats in the class.

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Article Written By Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is a freelance writer with published articles in "Nor'East Saltwater," "Sportfishing" magazine, "Pacific Coast Sportfishing" and "Salt Water Sportsman." As a fishing charter captain, he was also interviewed for a feature in "Field and Stream." Byrne studied environmental science at the State University of New York at Delhi.

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