It was time to sell the Sea Hunt and upgrade. She was a great boat but, after 5 years of doing charters, I have a better idea of what boat layout I really need for my charter business now. Shes a 2019 Pathfinder HPS 2300, powered by a 250 Yamaha VMAX SHO.
I absolutely hated having a T-Top. Rods get broken via hitting the t-top on occasion but, more than anything, the added weight and wind drag on those windy days cause the trolling motor to work a lot harder. We do a lot of casting on my boat, especially in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Not having the overhead obstacle in the way will make life a lot easier. I have a boat umbrella coming for the summer months when the heat is unbearable. Simply stick it in a rod holder when you need shade. When I want it out of the way, I simply close it down and put it away. No permanent hurdles.
Another feature that instantly sold me on the Pathfinder is its bilge and center console accessibility. They both open up nicely making it easy to get in there and replace pumps as needed as well as being able to access my batteries without trouble. the front of the CC opens up like a car door giving you full access. I can just about get inside the cc if I need to.
I made sure to get 2 trolling motors for the boat. 36V MK Terrova. The newer models are really nice machines and have really come a long way since the model I last used. The external heading censor and jog feature is money. I have a quick release installed on both units and the switch is as easy as pulling a pin.
In some of the pictures you'll see dual Power Poles. I actually had those removed. They were installed on a wing bracket. I felt like having them back there all the time would be another hurdle on Bull Red and Tarpon trips. They definitely had to go.
The windshield and grab rail both fold down adding another foot of overhead clearance. This is huge for me sense I like fishing Pablo Creek and the bridge has a low clearance.
This boat has a lot of upgrades on it. I added some stuff since I took these pictures. Too lazy to take new ones.
Brett and his crew at Atlantic Coast took great care of us. They're definitely a one stop shop. All in one deal. Paint, gel, and fiberglass repair, rigging, engine work, you name it. I look forward to many years of working with them.