Catch Your Dream Ride: Top 10 Custom Sportfish Yachts for Sale at HMY Yachts

Catch Your Dream Ride: Top 10 Custom Sportfish Yachts for Sale at HMY Yachts

By Kimberly Smith   June 4, 2024

For many anglers and yachtsmen, owning a custom sportfish yacht is the epitome of maritime grandeur. These extraordinary, timeless vessels blend unparalleled craftsmanship with the thrill of the open sea. A custom sportfish is not just a boat, but a representation of one's passion for sportfishing and a lifestyle of leisure and adventure. Each detail, from the powerful engines to the bespoke interiors, is tailored to the building owner's exacting standards, reflecting their personal taste and dedication to excellence. The pride of ownership extends beyond the aesthetic and mechanical marvels; it is about the unique experiences, the unforgettable voyages, and the shared moments with family and friends that make every outing a cherished memory. In buying a pre-owned Custom Sportfish you feel a kinship with the previous owners – appreciating all that they put into the vessel before you, from maintaining it and upgrading it, to filling the fish boxes time and time again. 

Since our inception almost 45 years ago, HMY Yacht Sales has nurtured countless relationships in the custom sportfishing world, and our team has built a reputation as experts in this market segment. Whether you want to own a piece of sportfishing history or you’re looking for a more up-to-date model with all the bells and whistles, check out these 10 custom sportfish offerings from HMY Yachts.    

1. 2004 Sea Force IX 82’ Enclosed Bridge “JR”

"JR" is a 2004 Sea Force IX original 82' Enclosed Bridge with the B model layout, featuring three staterooms and three heads forward. Belowdecks, there's a three-berth crew area accessible from both the companionway and the engine room. The open salon design ensures smooth traffic flow in all directions, including the galley. The island galley, with its large countertop, offers dining options around the open bar and at the starboard dinette. A notable salon feature is a small wet bar adjacent to the aft door and beneath the staircase to the bridge. 

The expansive cockpit boasts a mezzanine overlooking the action, with large intermediate steps on each side that serve as practical boarding areas, simplifying what is often an awkward and potentially dangerous process on many sportfishing boats. The cockpit is equipped with a tuna door, transom bait wells, in-deck fish boxes, and ample space for two chairs and plenty of locker storage. 

The enclosed bridge is richly appointed with amenities and seating, including an L-shaped lounge with a table, a wet bar, and excellent views from the helm chairs and dual-facing companion seats. Outside, there is an aft-facing bench and a pod helm, providing a full view of the fishing action below. 

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Brian Nopper for more information: (954) 325-6000 


2. 1997 Garlington 61’ Convertible “Papi Chulo”

The 61' Garlington "Papi Chulo" stands as one of the finest performing sportfish designs ever created. With her elegantly simple lines and an unparalleled ride in nearly any sea condition, she is built to exceed all expectations. "Papi Chulo" has been meticulously updated throughout her life by knowledgeable owners and crew, ensuring she remains in pristine condition. The interior is beautifully finished with exotic Hawaiian Koa wood, known for its weight and strength similar to black walnut. The portside companionway features a stunning koa wood rod locker, perfect for displaying prized tackle. Her spacious 3/2 layout is highlighted by a generous master stateroom, offering comfort and luxury. The professionally designed interior and exterior accommodations make the 61' Garlington "Papi Chulo" truly unique. 

Watch the YouTube video for "Papi Chulo".

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Brian Komer for more information: (305) 304-1015 


3. 2015 Spencer 59’ Custom Carolina “Jeanne Marie”

New to the market, this 2015 59' Spencer is in impeccable condition, meticulously maintained by a captain since its launch. The Jeanne Marie features a 3-stateroom, 2-head layout, with a VIP stateroom forward, access to the starboard bunkroom from the companionway, and two additional bunks along the stairwell. 

Powered by C-18 Caterpillar engines with only 2,310 original hours and recently serviced at 2,000 hours, she cruises efficiently at 30 knots using 85 gallons per hour.  

Notable features include: 

  • 2 Seakeeper 6 Stabilizers 
  • Simrad Sonar 
  • FCI 1800 GPH Watermaker 
  • Eskimo Ice Chipper 
  • Garmin Electronics 

Don’t miss this chance to own a turnkey, highly customized Spencer that's ready for any adventure. 

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Jeff Thiel for more information: (609) 602-8457 


4. 2005 Donzi 58’ Express “Legal Holiday”


"Legal Holiday" has benefited from numerous upgrades under the supervision of her experienced owner and full-time captain. In March 2021, she was repowered with brand-new MTU 10V2000 M96L Common Rail 1600HP engines, which are faster, quieter, smoother, and more efficient than the previous M91s. These new engines allow "Legal Holiday" to cruise comfortably at 32 knots and reach a top speed of 40 knots under a full load. The MTU warranty is valid until July 13, 2024, with an option to extend until the fall of 2030. Additional enhancements include a new Sea Keeper 16 installed in 2021 with a Gold warranty until November 2026, a new A/C chiller in 2021, a new Spot Zero system in 2022, a faux teak toe rail in 2019, a comprehensive Garmin package in 2018, a 33KW Westerbeke generator in 2017, a new Palm Beach Tower in 2017, and a hull repainted by Roscioli in 2017. The teak deck and covering boards were also updated in 2017. This 58’ Donzi Express is fully equipped and ready for anything.

Watch the YouTube video for "Legal Holiday"

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Tim Gredick for more information: (843) 607-725 


5. 1963 Whiticar 54’ “Sea Lion II  

Embark on a journey into maritime history with the iconic 1963 Whiticar 54' Sportfish, lovingly named "Sea Lion II." This venerable vessel has undergone a remarkable transformation through a comprehensive refit that commenced in January of 2018, breathing new life into its timeless design. 

The refit journey began at the esteemed Willis yard in Stuart, FL, where meticulous attention was devoted to enhancing the vessel's structural integrity, installing major mechanical components, refining teak work, brightening external finishes, and achieving flawless fairing and paintwork. For two years, the Willis yard served as the birthplace of Sea Lion II's rejuvenation, setting the stage for a remarkable revival. 

In June of 2020, Sea Lion II found herself under the care of the Whiticar Boat Yard until February 2022, where the transformation continued with unwavering dedication. Through 2023, the vessel was meticulously outfitted, ensuring every detail was meticulously attended to. In March 2023, the bottom and running gear received a fresh coat of paint, adding the final touch to this magnificent revival. 

Step aboard Sea Lion II, and you'll discover a haven of comfort and luxury, boasting two staterooms, a companionway bunk, and two heads. Crafted with Carvel mahogany plank on frame construction, complemented by an exterior fiberglassed bottom and hull, Sea Lion II epitomizes the perfect fusion of traditional craftsmanship and modern durability. 

For enthusiasts seeking the epitome of sportfishing excellence, Sea Lion II stands as a testament to unparalleled craftsmanship and enduring quality. This refitted masterpiece outshines many newly built competitors, a true testament to the dedication invested in her restoration. 

The legacy of Sea Lion II is woven into the fabric of maritime lore, having graced the waters of Montauk, Long Island, Florida, and the Bahamas under the stewardship of the owners of Walker Cay. From historic fishing triumphs, including 1000-pound Giant Tunas to majestic Blue Marlin catches, to hosting esteemed figures like President Richard M. Nixon during fishing expeditions, Sea Lion II's storied past is etched in the annals of sportfishing history. 

Renowned for her smooth trolling capabilities, clean wake, and graceful entry, Sea Lion II offers an unparalleled fishing experience, making every excursion a joyous adventure on the open seas. As a cherished participant in the legendary "Walkers Cay Chronicles," Sea Lion II continues to capture the imagination of anglers worldwide, embodying the timeless allure of the sea. 

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Scott Levin for more information:  (772) 263-1208


6. 1999 Ricky Gillikin 50’ Custom Carolina “Boss Lady”  

The 1999 Ricky Gillikin 50’ Custom Carolina "Boss Lady" is a rare gem in today's custom sportfish market, exemplifying the meticulous craftsmanship Ricky Gillikin is renowned for, combined with powerful Caterpillar engines. Known for its handcrafted excellence and signature Carolina ride, this express model features a spacious cockpit adorned with a teak sole and covering boards. Ample tackle and rod storage ensure you have everything needed for an ultimate offshore adventure, making the “Boss Lady” an ideal platform for serious anglers. 

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Jeff Thiel for more information: (609) 602-8457 


7. 2024 Gamefisherman 49’ Walkaround “Slack Tide”

If you're dreaming of owning a new custom sportfish yacht without the lengthy wait, the 2024 49’ Gamefisherman Walkaround, “Slack Tide” is your perfect catch. This exceptional vessel is equipped with a custom Bausch Marlin Tower and enhanced by triple 600 Mercury Verados, delivering unmatched performance and style. The yacht features top-notch amenities, advanced Garmin navigation technology, and generous storage space throughout. The Seakeeper 6 stabilizer ensures a smooth and comfortable experience, whether you're cruising or fishing. The current owner, who meticulously built this yacht, has had a change of plans and is now open to offers. Don't miss this unique opportunity to own a bespoke sportfish yacht ready for immediate adventure. 

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Brian Komer for more information: (305) 304-1015 


8. 2023 Xcelerator Boatworks 45’ "Anjamar"


“Anjamar” is an exceptional 45' custom flybridge built by Xcelerator Boatworks. Thoughtfully designed with a focus on styling, performance, and functionality, “Anjamar” combines the qualities of a custom sportfish with the simplicity of outboard engines. Built to the highest standards using modern technology, including carbon fiber bulkheads, “Anjamar” is also equipped with a SeaKeeper for added stability and comfortably sleeps four. This 45' Custom Carolina build is perfect for cruising the Bahamas, featuring both upper and lower helm stations with joystick controls and a shallow 30" draft with engines tilted up. “Anjamar” must be seen to be fully appreciated.  

Watch the YouTube video for "Anjamar".

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Rory Kline for more information: (954) 873-5123 


9. 1986 Knowles 40’ Express “Big Mama” 

Step aboard the legendary 1986 Billy Knowles 40' Express sportfish, affectionately known as "Big Mama," and you're stepping into a realm of maritime mastery and angling prowess. Crafted by the skilled hands of Billy Knowles, renowned for his dedication to quality and attention to detail, "Big Mama" epitomizes the pinnacle of sportfishing excellence. From her sleek lines to her robust construction, every aspect of this vessel exudes a sense of purpose and reliability that has made her a legend among anglers. 

With her spacious deck layout and ergonomic design, "Big Mama" offers the perfect platform for tackling the challenges of the open sea with confidence and style. Whether you're chasing trophy marlin or battling against the powerful currents of the Gulf Stream, this vessel is equipped to handle it all with grace and ease. And with a rich history of memorable catches and epic fishing adventures, "Big Mama" continues to inspire awe and admiration among seasoned fishermen and novices alike, cementing her status as a true icon of the sportfishing world. 

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Jack Flannigan for more information: (772) 341-3186 


10. 1961 Merritt 37’ “Hotty Toddy”  

Step back in time to the golden age of sportfishing with the legendary 1961 Merritt 37' Sportfish, affectionately known as "Hotty Toddy." This iconic vessel stands as the foundation of Merritt's illustrious legacy, designed to embody the epitome of game fishing boats. 

Originally christened as the "Timid Tuna," this vessel boasted a sleek design tailored for the pursuit of bluefins off the shores of Cat Cay in the Bahamas during their seasonal migration. With its distinctive long bow pulpit, it was a formidable force in the pursuit of these worthy gamefish.

The Merritt 37' is more than just a boat; it's a symbol of excellence, revered and admired for its unparalleled performance and uncompromising fishability. Even after 63 years, "Hotty Toddy" continues to captivate onlookers and reel in the big catches like no other. 

Finding one of the 12 remaining Merritt 37s in existence, especially outside of family ownership, is a rare opportunity indeed. Yet, "Hotty Toddy" stands as a testament to timeless craftsmanship and enduring quality. 

Under the meticulous supervision of its owner, "Hotty Toddy" underwent a comprehensive two-year refit, leaving no stone unturned to ensure its safety, reliability, and longevity for generations to come. From its juniper plank construction over mahogany stringers to the new bottom cold molded in the mid-nineties, this vessel stands solid and ready for the open waters.   

Contact HMY Yacht Sales Professional Jack Robertson for more details: (772) 260-1364 


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