Custom built as a tender for an 86-footer, this first Jim Smith 43-foot outboard-powered walkaround was designed to focus on serious offshore fishing. As is usual with bespoke builds, the customer specifies all the features, which included 10 rod holders in the cockpit and foredeck, Rupp Top Gun Z-30 18-foot outriggers, underwater Lumishore lights, belowdecks fish boxes, a rocket launcher, transom livewell and fish box, plus a bait-prep center and storage cabinet.
Jim Smith Tournament Boats configured the vessel with a single stateroom, one head and a galley with a forward settee — just enough for a comfortable weekend trolling the islands. Other highlights included a SidePower 9-inch tunnel bow thruster, a tuna tower, 12-volt outlets for electric reels, and an ice machine.
The 43 features a center console and comes powered by quad 350 Mercury Verado outboards, though Jim Smith offers options for traditional inboards with shafts or pod drives. Employing the outboards created more room for the stateroom and interior amenities, the company says; the quad power is expected to propel the boat to around 56 mph.
Jim Smith 43 Walkaround Specifications
LOA: 43 ft.
Beam: 14 ft. 6 in.
Dry Weight: 26,000 lb. (normal load)
Draft: 3 ft.
Transom Deadrise: 17 deg.
MSRP: $1.5 million
Below are four additional photos of the boat’s interior.