Monday, May 5, 2008

This Bud's For You

Say hello to Budman, 68 feet of eye-catching, fish-chasing battlewagon from North Carolina's Bayliss Boatworks. This three-stateroom beauty is constructed using cold molding, is comprised of Okume plywood with Corecell coring and is finished off with West System epoxy. She's a jig-built boat and computer-controlled CNC routers are used to cut the jigs that make her hull shape to exacting tolerances.

This vessel, which is just Hull No. 9 for the builder, is powered with twin 1,800-Caterpillar C32 Acert diesels and should easily make a mid- to high-30-knot cruise speed, and top out around 40 knots. The 68's 1,800-gallon fuel capacity means that the fish are always within reach.

If you like to fish, chances are you'll see Budman on the circuit this summer. Of course, it'll most likely be a view of her transom streaking for the horizon.

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