Ocean Yachts’ 37 Billfish a “New” Direction Offshore - 09/17/2008
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It is not often that a new design concept comes out in boating, and when one does, we often find that it is a throwback to something done years ago that got lost in the stampede to bigger, faster, fancier, niftier whatever that has gripped boating for the last 30 years or so. Such an example is the Ocean Yachts 37 Billfish launched almost exactly a year ago. At first, to some, she looked odd and out of place with the beefy battlewagons lined up along sportfisherman’s row at the fall and winter boat shows. But then, when hardcore fishermen starting spending some time on the boat, light bulbs began blinking on. The 37 Billfish is a fresh, new 21st century take on an old concept that took good care of our fathers and grandfathers.
Ocean Yachts puts its 37 Billfish model in context on its website when it says that many fishermen may “…look back to the 1960s as their sport’s Golden Age, when high-utility day-fishermen worked the canyons for marlin and tuna, or even the bays for stripers and blues. For all who dream of owning one of those vintage boats, we dedicate the 37 Billfish – the premiere model in an entirely new class of Ocean sportfishermen.”
Ocean Yachts knew that serious offshore fishermen who didn’t also own their own
Fortune 500 company were faced with some unattractive options when contemplating
a fishing boat with which to work the New York and New Jersey canyons which are
150 miles offshore. Namely, buy a 20-year-old battlewagon with 2-stroke diesel engines
cobbled together by Rube Goldberg or buy a new express fishboat which was uncomfortable
driving 150 miles into the Atlantic from a perch in the tower or from below with
limited visibility. And for the occasional overnight spent offshore the express
could be a bit Spartan.
By making the 37 a flybridge boat, the crew can comfortably steer the boat out to
the canyons and have the same height off the water as a half tower on an express.
Finally, by fitting out the accommodations with an over and under bunk arrangement
two fishermen can catch some rest comfortably. One can go for the more “conventional”
pedestal berth which virtually every boat built these days has (and which has never
made much sense to us, particularly in a fishing boat.)
Ocean Yacht dealers make no secret of the fact they are targeting potential Cabo
36 and 38 Express customers. With an MSRP of $472k, the 37 is about the same price
at the Cabo 36, but over $100k less than the Cabo 38 Express, which has larger diesel
engines, an extra foot of beam and 2,000 pounds more weight.