From the moment I boarded the SeaVee 430 Fish-Around one sunny South Florida day this past December — using the convenient molded-in step near the base of the tower ladder — I knew this sailfishing trip would be special. SeaVee designed this unique vessel for anglers just like me.
“Our customer loves the ability to fish an open platform,” SeaVee co-owner Ariel Pared told me as we headed out Haulover Inlet off North Miami. “But he’s getting a little older and wants more comfort.
“We also built it for people coming from bigger boats, wanting a vessel they could run themselves, who are looking for less maintenance and more fishability.”
SeaVee marketing director John Caballero coined the perfect phrase for what the 430 delivers: pampered hard-core fishing.
SeaVee pulled the best aspects of a center-console — including complete 360-degree, level-deck fishing space plus an easy pass-around design at the transom — with the creature comforts of an express. Combining such qualities while reducing the inherent trade-offs was a steep challenge, but SeaVee, with its serious fishing pedigree, has strongly scored.
The seas off Miami heaped up as we began the run offshore. Capt. Dean Panos (doubledcharters.com) negotiated the slop from the tower well above as our crew took positions in the cockpit. This was a shakedown cruise and prefishing day for the 43’s first tournament, the SeaVee-sponsored Sailfish Kickoff, Dec. 4-7.
Panos advanced the throttles on the quad Mercury 300 Verados, heading south toward Fowey Light. The 43 sliced the 3- to 5-foot seas and brought its 12 tons to bear on wave crests. Confused seas made the way challenging, but even with the rare thump, the vessel felt solid, and I was able to actually sit comfortably in the bridge-deck area.
I did quickly discover my favorite perch: a small leaning post/bolster just to the port side of the captain’s chair, which is on centerline.