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MOTORBOATING MAGAZINE :
Egg Harbor 50: Rusty Zucatti
Owner's Test

Each of the men of the Zucatti family perfectly fit the profile of a die- hard fisher¬man. They've been fishing offshore for about six years, and took delivery of their Egg Harbor 50 in September 2005. Rusty, the eldest son, runs and maintains the boat and Hank, his father, and younger brother, Eric, are happy fishing. They keep the boat in Forked River, N.J., fishing several large tournaments but take it south for the winter.

"We had the boat in Hatteras back in early November and fis4ed all winter," says Rusty. "We tried to get down there every other week, fishing for stripers and tuna. It's a short run out the inlet to great fishing, and we do well, filling fish boxes nearly every time we go.

"Before the Egg, they had a 43 Viking they fished extensively. According to Rusty, they shopped around "big time" before buying the 50. They looked at Carolina cus¬tom boats, as well as Oceans and Vikings.

"This boat had the layout we wanted on the bridge, in the cockpit and in the salon," Rusty says, "and its set up for serious fishing. I particularly like the pop-up console that seals and protects our electronics when it's closed. That makes it easier to hose down the boat at the end of the day. And the bridge ladder is turned sideways to save room in the cockpit for dedicat¬ed fishing."

The Zucattis own hull num¬ber two, which is powered by 825-hp MTU diesels. They say it's a great running boat that gets up on plane quickly and runs well up or down swell. They like the prop pockets and shallow draft, too-"some-thing you appreciate when you live where the water gets shallow real quick, says Rusty.

The boat is equipped with a 15-kW genset, underwater transom lights and Rupp triple spreader outriggers. They modified the bait freezer to make chunking easier, w and selected a refrigerated fish box instead of an icemaker. They also added a 36-inch TV with Bose home theater system, an automatic opening door into the salon, and specified custom Corian counters in the galley. Rusty's wife, Lisa, and their kids Adam and Abigail, enjoy cruising when the boat's not being used for fishing during the summer; they'll jump aboard and cruise down ~ to Atlantic City for a quick getaway.

"But mostly, it's a guy's boat," Rusty says. "We changed ~ the forward stateroom to have an upper single berth over a double. Egg Harbor made that happen for us, even though it wasn't offered in the literature. They've really stood behind us and taken care of anything we've brought to their attention. We appreciate their customer service."

SPECIFICATIONS: Egg Harbor 50
LOA: 53'0"
BEAM: 16'11"
DRAFT: 4'0"
DISP.: 52,000 Lbs.
FUEL: 1,050 gals.
ENGINES: (2) 825-hp MTU Series 60 diesels
BASE PRICE: $1,200,000



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