Choosing the right boat for the right situation is not easy. So much thought goes into every build, and every custom feature we add for each individual customer. The needs of the customer here were complex as they wanted an offshore capable fishing boat, but also a vessel that can play hard when at the lake with their family, or even the occasional camping trip. Both worlds collided into one build that features something for just about everyone.
We chose the North River Seahawk model which features an aggressive entry and exit while using a .250 heavy gauge aluminum bottom with a true reverse chine. The standard features on this model really make a strong case for a pure fishing boat. Dual suspension seats on swivels, 110 gallons of fuel, trim tabs with an led light indicator, and two benches that offer sealed water-tight storage just to name a few. Sticking with the offshore theme, we deleted the wood floor and went with a .190 welded in aluminum floor, with side channels and scupper drains on deck. Draining the deck quickly, and leaving all debris on top of the scuppers so as not to interfere with bilge operation. The deck is also coated in a non-skid material for safety, and features a large in deck fish box. Top selections vary for the Seahawk model, but they feature several configurations that fit most everyone’s fishing or pleasure boating situation. Available in a convenient folding top, a full hard top with an Alaskan bulk head, or a rigid frame removable top with canvas skin, in this instance we took a combination of each. Hard sides with sliding windows, a rigid welded structure, and canvas skin covering the helm. While taking shelter from the ever-present rains, or basking in the brief summer sun, comfortability is not overshadowed by the aesthetic value. Port and starboard net and gaff holders keep the deck clear, and offer additional rod storage for easy access when the bite is on.
With modern day efficiency, power, and run ability in mind, the new “old school” work horse of the single Yamaha F150 is seldom outmatched in value or longevity. Redundancy throughout the boat’s systems including electrical and in gauges, meant twins were the perfect fit. Yamaha’s T9.9 High thrust kicker motor rounds out the power plant, for endless hours at trolling speed. While mounting the motor, the kicker is plumbed for a hot wash station, and the bracket is the retention basin. This gives you the opportunity to warm, and wash your hands, or start the end of day clean up early. The two-rung boarding ladder makes getting back on board easy, and combined with our portside boarding door, getting everyone on deck without climbing over the transom is very convenient and safe.
On deck amenities include a raw water wash down system, in-floor fish box, transom fish box, and a removable table in the cabin for lunch breaks. Available room for storing fish on this boat is not a problem, making it the perfect choice for your fishing adventures.
Stay tuned for PART 2 of the build after the electronics and a few other custom additions are installed…..