About six months ago, I saw an advertisement for seahunter boats in a local fishing publication. The hull design caught my interest. So, on a whim I ran by the factory on a Saturday morning. Well, after two or three hours of detailed questions by me, and those same detailed answers by Captain Greg Lynch, I knew I found something that would deliver all my needs. Over the next few weeks, I did a bit more research, stopped by the factory a few more times, watched several boats under construction, and decided all I needed was a wet test.
The boat performed to my expectations and on top of that, the crew at seahunter was a joy to work with. Joey was great with the rigging; Jodi and Ralph were always very pleasant and helpful, and Greg was very patient and very open to new ideas, and very detailed with my technical questions. I have owned the seahunter 18 now for more than four months and it is a joy to take out. The boat handles and rides so much better then my previous boat. In many ways, it is superior. The customer service at seahunter is just as superior as the boat they made for me. I glad to be a member of the seahunter team and to say that I can call Greg, Joey, Jodi, Ralph, Tony and Charlie friends.
Tony's Sea Hunter, as a fishing platform, did all that we asked. However, that is not what really got me thinking seriously about purchasing a Sea Hunter. Where, in my mind, this boat left its competitors behind was when we rounded the East Cape on afternoons with a twenty-knot northeast wind pushing a two-foot chop in our faces. Sea Hunter got up on top of the chop and rode them like a dream, and we never got wet once in that year. When other captains and sports were forced by the weather to stay in port, Tony and I were out fishing. I had been considering buying a flats skiff for the last year, but since I live in the San Francisco Bay area, I was reluctant to buy a boat just to use a few months a year in the Keys. Once I saw what he-man seas the Sea Hunter could tame, I knew that it could double for my West-Coast application of fishing the San Francisco Bay and San Joaquin/Sacramento River Deltas for striped bass. I am sure I'll be the only flats skiff out there, but there are guides using them in New England for stripers. Who knows, I may start a fad? But whether or not I will ever be poling the flats of San Francisco Bay sight-fishing stripers, I do know that my new Sea Hunter will be able to handle any conditions my home water may dish out.
2002 Grand Champion, WWIFC Tarpon Series
2001 Grand Champion, Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament
2000 Miami Met Tarpon Master
I headed down to the seahunter factory and met with Ralph Montalvo, seahunter's owner and he introduced me to his boats and more importantly his seahunter family. After seeing the Tournament 35' for the first time there was only one thing left to do for me and that was to see it in action. I was treated to a test run on a 35' that had been purchased a year before. I was blown away; by far the best ride and feel of any of the competing boats that I had been on in my long and tedious search. The boat sold itself in its performance on the water, and I said, ``That's my boat.`` I pulled back the contract I had on the table with the other company and immediately signed with seahunter.
Upon receiving my completed boat I was not disappointed in the least bit, all my expectations were met and fully exceeded and the boat has preformed amazingly. All requests and services to the boat have been met with no hassle and I have been treated to work with them on a first name bases. Not only does seahunter make the best boats, it's the people who stand behind them are truly the best. Thanks Ralph and company for making such a great product!
Captain of the Lady Blue
seahunter owner since 2005
Your team did a superb job detailing and reconditioning my 35. As you know I am a yacht broker in Ft. Lauderdale and have sold many lines of new sail and power yachts in the last 15 years. I'm ashamed to admit I have never experienced such great service from any yacht manufactures I have represented. I appreciated your quick response to my questions. Your after sales support is top notch.
The tour of your factory was very imhistoryive. But, what was really convincing was my maiden voyage from south Miami to Ft. Lauderdale. I ran offshore with 20kts of wind from the north east at 30 mph staying very dry while enjoying a smooth ride. Wow, what a ride offshore! We fished the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo last weekend. As you may have heard the fish didn't cooperate although, my 35 did and ran great making daily runs north of Boca.
I look forward to visiting your new facility when it is completed.
Question for you, I understand you rigged another seahunter 18 with an Evinrude E-Tec 90, same as mine. I'm curious about the prop you eventually selected. I'm running an Evinrude Viper, 3-blade, 13.88 X 15`` stainless steel wheel, topping out at 33 knots at 5400 rpm, full fuel, just me on board, engine tilted up slightly and no tab. How does this compare with the new boat? Do you recommend a 4-blade wheel - if so, what specs.
Thanks for your help - please say ``Hi`` to Mickey Brelsford.
Catch 'em up!
Freelance Writer: Marlin, Game & Fish, FlyFishing in Saltwaters, Eastern Fly Fishing
Editor At Large: The Fisherman
Author: Trolling for Striped Bass & Bluefish, Fishing for Tuna & Marlin, Fishing for
Sharks, Saltwater Fishing Guide
IGFA Representative: New Jersey
Last June my son and I spent three weeks in the Bahamas on the seahunter, traveling from Naples to Bimini in one easy day. Day two was lunch in the Exumas and we continued on by adventuring thru the Exumas, Long Island, Conception Island, Rum Cay and Andros. All but one week was spent anchoring out, sleeping on the deck. We have traveled for years in the Bahamas on an old Hatteras, but the freedom you have on a big, fast center console is a far better experience. You can fish one area, swim or dive in another, run to a great spot for dinner and run back to your favorite anchorage to sleep. The evenings are cool and bugs are no problem. We had a backpacking tent in case of rain, a collapsible sunshade for the cockpit, two beanbag chairs, an Engel 12 volt freezer for bait, campstove and a good cooler. It is the only way to travel. Get yourself a 35' or 40' seahunter and we will hope to see you this summer in Rum Cay looking for big fish. I welcome any inquiries about seahunters, or light, fast travel in the Islands. Ciao.
John and Kyle O'Connell
Sincerely, Doug Miller
Captain - Miller Tyme Fishing Team
As a guide in the Florida Keys I am always looking for a boat that will give me an edge when out on the water. Quality, reliability, efficiency, fishability, and performance are all the standards that a prospective boat buyer looks for. These are just a few of the things I find very important. Along with the usual, I want a manufacturer that stands behind their products and is willing to go the extra mile towards customer satisfaction.
The guys at seahunter put up with me practically living at their factory through the boat buying/building process. I was amazed that were still answering my calls towards the end. The funny thing is that they did it with a smile and I now consider them close friends. This holds true with other seahunter owners I have spoken to. My wife even put up with me starting the purchase process on our honeymoon. I have not chosen a name for the boat yet, but feel that I probably should name it after her. After all she now wants to be on the boat every weekend.
I had always felt that buying a boat was like buying a car. I had also felt that it was to be done with minor compromises. I like the exterior color but wanted different upholstery or wanted the upgraded towing package but not the wheel upgrade. Analogies aside this is how I felt that you bought a boat. My experience with seahunter has changed my perspective on what it is like to buy a boat.
When it comes to setting up a boat for charter I had always taken an ``off the shelf`` model and put thousands of dollars and weeks into setting it up. With seahunter, I was able to speck my boat out to the point that all I needed was tackle and it was ready to go. They put everything I wanted on the boat and nothing that I did not. As for getting the most for your money I can say with certainty, buy a seahunter, my next boat will be one, as will the one after that.
Thank you Charley, Johnny, Ralph, and everyone at seahunter Boats. You guys truly are, what a friend of mine refers to as, ``Good People``!
Capt. Andrew Tipler