Fastest Fishing Boats

These boats have the need for speed.
Need for Speed
Hold onto your hat when running in these fast fishing vessels. Nejron Photo / Shutterstock

With larger, more-efficient outboard engines and ever-expanding center-console boats come some amazing fishing machines. Triple- and quad-powered boats have jumped the 70 mph mark, and even some smaller single- and twin-engine vessels push the 55- and 60-mph ranges. Here’s a look at some of your favorite boat brands and their most-screamin’-fast models. (Boats are listed alphabetically.)

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage/59.8 mph

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage offshore fishing boat
Boston Whaler 350 Outrage Courtesy Boston Whaler
  • Boat Model: Boston Whaler 350 Outrage
  • LOA: 35’6″
  • Weight (without power): 11,000 pounds
  • Top Speed: 59.8 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,050 (Triple Mercury 350 Verados)
  • Location: At the Boston Whaler plant in Edgewater, Florida

Contender 39 ST/72 mph

Contender 39 ST deep sea ocean fishing boat
Contender 39 ST Courtesy Contender
  • Boat Model: Contender 39 ST
  • LOA: 39’1″
  • Weight (ready to fish): 15,400 pounds
  • Top Speed: 72 to 75 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,400 (The 39 ST with Triple Yamaha F350s can run 72 mph. Mounted with twin Seven Marine 557s or quad Mercury Verados, the boat can hit 75 mph.)
  • Location: Based out of Homestead, Florida

Freeman 37VH/73 mph

Freeman 37VH saltwater fishing boat
Freeman 37VH Warbird Courtesy Freeman Boatworks
  • Boat Model: Freeman 37VH
  • LOA: 37′
  • Weight (without power): 12,000 pounds
  • Top Speed: 73 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,200 (Quad Yamaha 300s)
  • Boat Name: HUK Fishing Warbird
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Grady-White Canyon 376/55 mph

Grady-White Canyon saltwater ocean fishing boat
Grady-White Canyon 376 Courtesy Grady-White
  • Boat Model: Grady-White Canyon 376
  • LOA: 36’7″
  • Weight (ready to fish): 18,190 pounds
  • Top Speed: 55 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,050 (Triple 350 Yamaha 4-Strokes)
  • Location: Based out of Greenville, North Carolina

Insetta 45/60 mph

Insetta 45 saltwater ocean fishing boat
Insetta 45 Courtesy Insetta Boatworks
  • Boat Model: Insetta 45-557
  • LOA: 49’6”
  • Weight (ready to fish): 17,000 pounds
  • Top Speed: 60 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,114 (Twin Seven Marine 557s)
  • Location: Houma, Louisiana

Invincible 39/72 mph

Invincible 39 saltwater deep sea fishing boat
Invincible 39 Courtesy Invincible Boats
  • Boat Model: Invincible Boats 39
  • LOA: 39’2″
  • Weight (ready to fish): 12,000 pounds
  • Top Speed: 72 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,400 (Quad 300s)
  • Location: Based out of Opa Locka, Florida

Jupiter 34 FS/71 mph

Jupiter 34 FS saltwater deep sea fishing boat
Jupiter 34 FS Captured (T/T Wanted) Courtesy Jupiter Marine
  • Boat Model: Jupiter 34 FS
  • LOA: 33’9″
  • Weight (ready to fish): 13,500 pounds
  • Top Speed: 71 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,050 (Triple Yamaha F350s)
  • Boat Name: Captured (T/T Wanted)
  • Location: Moving rapidly between Palm Beach and the Bahamas
  • Backstory: Jupiter Marine had a client looking for a classy fish tender to compliment his custom sportfish. He opted for a 34′ Forward Seating powered with twin Yamaha F350s. Jupiter Marine and the buyer discussed building a triple engine 38-footer, but he was steadfast on staying in a 34-footer. Months later, Jupiter built the first-ever Jupiter 34 FS with triple Yamaha F300s as a factory demo boat. The buyer was impressed. Heck, 65 mph is pretty fast, right? The buyer’s custom sportfish was fast and he wanted his Jupiter faster! The buyer wanted more and was willing to be patient as Jupiter ironed out details on weights and balances, as well as any necessary structural modifications. Jupiter wanted to deliver not only the best performing boat for the buyer, but also a product that left both parties satisfied with design and safety. With help and expertise from the team at Donald Blount and Associates, Jupiter exceeded the projected performance goals and completed the project ahead of schedule. In the end, Jupiter delivered a tender that was faster (71 mph) than the big boat.

Midnight Express Boats 39S/100 mph

Midnight Express Boats 39S saltwater fishing center-console

Midnight Express Boats 39S/100 mph

Midnight Express Boats 39S Half Time Courtesy Midnight Express Boats
  • Boat Model: Midnight Express Boats 39S
  • LOA: 39′
  • Weight: 9000 lbs. with quad motors, no fuel or water
  • Top Speed: 100 mph
  • Horsepower: Quad 400HP Mercury Marine Verados
  • Boat Name: Half Time
  • Location: Hollywood, Florida

Pathfinder 2300 HPS/67.8 mph

Pathfinder 2300 HPS saltwater fishing center-console
Pathfinder 2300 HPS Jager HPS Courtesy Maverick Boats
  • Boat Model: Pathfinder 2300 HPS
  • LOA: 23’6″
  • Weight (ready to fish): 3000 pounds
  • Top Speed: 67.8 mph
  • Horsepower: 250 (Yamaha VF250LA V-Max SHO)
  • Boat Name: Capt. Rick Murphy’s tournament boat, Jager HPS
  • Location: Homestead, Florida, when not on the redfish tournament trail
  • Backstory: This is Capt. Rick Murphy’s personal redfish tournament boat that won the 2014 IFA Redfish Championship in Houma, Louisiana. Rick and his fishing partner, Capt. Geoff Page, ran over 108 miles each way to their spot both days averaging 64 miles per hour with an average fuel burn of 2.8 miles per gallon. According to Murphy, the top speed they saw on the GPS was 67.8 mph. This was achieved by mounting the trolling motor on the back deck, while running and reducing wind drag by removing the windscreen. The prop was a brand new Yamaha VX MAX 3 Blade 15 1/8 x 25 pitch.

Regulator 34/62.4 mph

Regulator 34 saltwater fishing center-console
Regulator 34 Courtesy Regulator Marine
  • Boat Model: Regulator 34
  • LOA: 33’10”
  • Weight: 9,528 pounds
  • Top Speed: 62.4 mph
  • Horsepower: 900 (Triple Yamaha F300s)
  • Location: Edenton, North Carolina

Robalo R260/58 mph

Robalo R260 fishing boat
Robalo R260 Red Dragon Courtesy Robalo
  • Boat Model: Robalo R260
  • LOA: 26’1″
  • Weight: 5,000 pounds.
  • Top Speed: 58 mph
  • Horsepower: 500 (Twin Yamaha 250s)
  • Boat Name: Red Dragon
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Backstory: The Red Dragon is Robalo’s R260 based out of Fort Lauderdale. The Red Dragon fishes tournaments from West Palm Beach to Key West. The owner chose twin 250-hp motors to travel from fishing hole to fishing hole. The Red Dragon frequently travels across the Gulf Stream from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini to spear fish and fish for yellowfin tuna.

Scout 320 LXF/67 mph

Scout 320 LXF fishing boat
Scout 320 LXF Courtesy Scout Boats
  • Boat Model: Scout 320 LXF
  • LOA: 32’3″
  • Weight (without power): 7,100 pounds
  • Top Speed: 67 mph
  • Horsepower: 700 (twin Yamaha 350s)
  • Location: Local dealer in coastal South Carolina

SeaVee 340Z/74 mph

SeaVee 340Z fishing boat
SeaVee 340Z Courtesy SeaVee Boats
  • Boat Model: SeaVee 340Z
  • LOA: 34’9″
  • Weight (without power): 7,950 pounds
  • Top Speed: 74 mph
  • Horsepower: 1,200 (triple Mercury Verado 300s)
  • Location: Miami, Florida

Southport 33 FE/53 mph

Southport 33 FE fishing boat
Southport 33 FE Captain Jack Patrick O’Connor / Patrick O’Connor Photography
  • Boat Model: Southport 33 FE
  • LOA: 32’6″
  • Weight: 10,500 pounds
  • Top Speed: 53 mph
  • Horsepower: 600 (dual 300s)
  • Boat Name: Captain Jack
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Yellowfin 24 Carbon Elite/79.8 mph

Yellowfin 24 Carbon Elite fishing boat
Yellowfin 24 Carbon Elite Courtesy Yellowfin Yachts
  • Boat Model: Yellowfin 24 Carbon Elite
  • LOA: 24′ 10″
  • Weight: 2,400 pounds
  • Top Speed: 79.8 mph
  • Horsepower: 400 (Mercury Racing)
  • Location: Sarasota, Florida