If your ideal boat bears a brand name commanding respect but still feels like it was built just for you, take a look — a loving gaze, likely — at a Jupiter. Company president Carl Herndon, of Blackfin and Bertram fame, has created similar sport-fishing yacht cachet with Jupiter.
Jupiter Marine’s line of outboard-powered sport-fishing yachts drew raves in our survey from owners and others with experience fishing them, placing in the top four in fishability, construction, performance and value.
Hand-laid hulls are made from fiberglass woven multidirectionally into sheets and rolls in thicknesses to match applications. A solid fiberglass hull bottom and uni-grid stringer system, liner bonded to the hull, provide the basis for Jupiter’s confidence- and resale-boosting, transferable lifetime structural warranty.
Jupiter’s “Posi-Stern” hull pad provides a perfect running angle at all times, for higher speeds, sharper turns, increased fuel economy and smoother ride, with no loss of visibility from the helm.
For lasting style, boats bear Awlgrip or Imron paint, not colored gelcoat.
Lay-up to launch, the semi-custom Jupiter boatbuilding process takes eight to 12 weeks — painstaking care that pays dividends in decades of -boating pride and pleasure.
You become a boatbuilder — or you join the team, at least — when you commission a Jupiter boat like the 38 HFS. You make key choices: dual or triple 300 hp or 350 hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards; head appointments; lighting in cockpit and storage boxes, plus underwater LEDs; additional 76- or 160-gallon fuel tanks to augment the standard 320 gallons; seating, upholstery and more.
The 38 HFS was designed to please boaters who wanted a larger boat with the -performance, features and comforts of the popular Jupiter 31 FS. The 38 draws from that inspiration but achieves it with a new design.
Standard features include a bait-prep center with 53–gallon livewell, tackle -storage, sink and shower; a pair of 104-gallon fish boxes with macerator drains; twin 38-gallon transom wells; lockable rod storage lockers; oversize console with stand-up head; electronics compartment; indirect LED cockpit lighting and more. (Hybrid Forward Seating — the HFS in the name — denotes a pair of -abbreviated benches facing each other in the bow.)
Then come the options: comfort appointments, T-top and fishing rigging, such as outriggers and electric reel outlets, style touches such as hull color and extending even to engine repainting — you truly make this boat your own.
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