Mikelson 50 Sportfisher
Long range sport sedan combines wide 16'8" beam with aggressive styling and huge interior. Optional galley-aft layout proved very popular. Lightweight, fully cored hull is more fuel efficient than most. Note under-cockpit engine location. Over 80 were sold.
Mediterranean 38 Convertible
No-frills West Coast convertible (sold factory direct) was one of the better boating values of her day. Offered with one or two staterooms. Wide side decks are a plus. Note slender beam, so-so fit and finish. More fuel efficient than most. Over 200 were sold.
Mikelson 43 Sportfisher
Popular Fexas-designed sedan—a scaled-down version of Mikelson 50—is lower, wider, more rakish than anything in her class. Highlights include luxury interior with 2 staterooms, huge flybridge with center helm, large cockpit, fully cored hull. Over 75 built.
Cabo 31 Express
Mega-popular offshore express from Southern CA—one of several successful Cabo designs. A big 31-footer with large cockpit, big helm deck, luxury-class interior. Note that the hull chines retooled in 2002 for a drier ride. Known for quality construction and finish.
Seaswirl Striper 2901Walkaround
Durable deep-V fishing boat from the Pacific Northwest. Roomy midberth interior sleeps six. A big 29-footer with a large cockpit and cabin. Pilothouse version with fully enclosed helm available. Sterndrive or outboard power. A lot of boat for the money.
Osprey 30 Fisherman
Pilothouse fisherman with deep-V hull was built for the rigors of the Pacific Northwest. Walkaround decks, rugged construction, and uncluttered cockpit appeal to cold-weather anglers. Note tall freeboard, watertight cabin door, commercial-grade windows.
Ed McKnew, December 7, 2014
The majority of sportfishing boats have always been built in East Coast states, especially Florida. It’s been that way for as far back as most brokers care to remember. But the West Coast has developed it’s own breed of sportfishing boats over the years, distinctive designs especially well suited to the needs of West Coast anglers.
The boats presented below include six of the most popular models generally associated with the West Coast market. Not all were built in the US, however; Mikelsons are manufactured in Asia, but they have always been designed to appeal to West Coast buyers. Cabos speak for themselves—this ex-sailboat builder took sportfishing quality to a level unsurpassed by any East Coast manufacturer.
West Coast sportfishing boats with nationwide appeal
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