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October 26, 2001

Angler 29

Angler's new 29-footer runs smoothly and keeps you dry in a nasty sea.

Angler Boat Corporation is a quiet, little company that's been in south Florida for many years. It does very little in the way of advertising or marketing, but it manages to consistently sell an impressive number of boats year after year.

With winds from the southeast at 15 to 20 mph in Miami, we chose to run south down Biscayne Bay to Stiltsville, and then head out to the drop-off at Fowey Light. That way we could ride the Gulf Stream north in greater comfort. The washboard chop in the bay made no impression on the Angler 29. Once offshore, the 3-foot seas likewise did little to move the Angler. The bottom design reminds me of Oliver Twist: It just eats up a head sea and asks for more.

Our Angler had maximum-horsepower-rating, twin Yamaha Ox66 250s mounted on the transom. In flat water, they boosted the 29 up onto plane and to a 52.4-mph top speed at 5,500 rpm in short order. However, you won't want to run that speed for very long while burning 57 gallons per hour. A more conservative 20 gph allows you to cruise at 29 mph for about 350 miles. If you need greater range than the standard 270-gallon tank can offer, an optional 60-gallon auxiliary tank can be added forward. As you might expect, trolling at 9 mph uses a total of 9 gph.

The Angler 29 proved to be nimble while turning at all speeds and required just a light touch for instant response. The Teleflex Sea Star hydraulic system matches this boat well. I also found a larger-than-average range of trim with engines and trim tabs so you'll be able to fine-tune your boat's attitude for any condition with ease.