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Boat of Interest: Egg Harbor 43
New Jersey builders have a reputation for creating seaworthy fishing boats stretching back to pre-Revolutionary War times. That heritage continues with the Egg Harbor 43 convertible. Rest assured, however, that technology has come a very long way since Puritan times. Egg Harbor challenged the Michael Peters design team to come up with a fast, dry running surface, since the company has a long history of penning topflight offshore boats, including some successful racers. The resulting concave bottom boasts prop pockets affording the 43 a shallower draft for transiting the Bahamas banks or the backwaters of Jersey. But more important, the pockets allow a narrower shaft angle. Anytime you can direct your thrust more closely parallel to the water's surface, you gain efficiency. Combine this with a moderate deadrise of 17 degrees at the transom and you can expect a smooth ride. Speaking of ride, the Egg 43 offers a comfortable cruising speed of about 32 knots, and a top end of 36, with the C12 Cats. You can, however, choose a smaller engine package.

Many offshore anglers cling to the philosophy that a smaller boat fishes better than a larger one. The Egg 43 sits smack dab in the middle of that optimum category. In addition to having a fully equipped cockpit with all the serious fishing amenities and plenty of room for a fighting chair and all your fishing buddies, the 43 spins on a dime. It's so nimble and quick that I think the new owners should name it Jack. The cockpit comes standard with an icebox, engine room access, tackle center with freshwater sink, a large fish box and freshwater and raw-water washdowns.

The flybridge features a retractable electronics console with plenty of room for your entire navigation suite. Though it's a bit of a tight squeeze between the flybridge rail and the backs of the helm and companion seats, the captain gains an unobstructed view both fore and aft.

Traditionalists will particularly appreciate the gloss-finished teak interior. You'll find the layout pretty standard as well, with a settee to port, a U-shaped galley forward and an optional dinette to starboard forward of a sectional seat. However, you can choose between several layouts on the salon deck. Below decks features a master cabin forward with a centerline queen-size island berth, loads of storage and a cedar-lined hanging locker. The starboard guest stateroom offers a slightly smaller, full-sized berth with underbed storage, linen drawers, nightstand and another cedar locker.

Egg Harbor builds to stringent production standards, allowing them to offer a five-year hull warranty.

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