June 4, 2023
F&S Boatworks’ Hull No. 31 could be very particular certainly—meet Particular Scenario.
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What do you do when you have got produced one of many prime boats within the fleet? You’re taking every thing you’ve realized from it and make it higher. I had the pleasure of experiencing F&S’s newest flagship, Hull No. 31, Particular Scenario, in Palm Seaside, Florida, with firm president John Floyd, who was on-site to stroll me via the construct. Whereas the final tournament-winning 78-foot Particular Scenario has moved on to the following proprietor, she didn’t transfer far, sitting only some slips down from the brand new one. Nonetheless, the newest model is somewhat greater, comes with extra vary, and consists of solely one of the best of one of the best. And, to no shock, not a single nook was minimize.

Cockpit and Flybridge

Seeing the cockpit for the primary time simply earlier than first gentle, it was laborious to understand the sheer measurement of it, solely in a position to actually take it in because the solar rose above the horizon. The primary thought that popped into my head was clear. For such a giant boat with all of the toys, the cockpit appeared like another, however as Floyd walked me via, I rapidly discovered that it was something however primary.

A cavernous, pressurized ­livewell with the choice so as to add tuna tubes sat within the transom; extra fittings laid hidden within the deck for exterior wells. A watertight lazarette hatch is put in to maintain the entire gear dry whereas preventing fish in massive seas. However what actually grabbed my consideration had been the curved steps main as much as the mezzanine. Not solely are they lovely, however they’re additionally extraordinarily broad, making it simple to rapidly and safely run right down to the dance flooring from the ­mezzanine. Beneath the step, large freezers are on the prepared for long-range adventures, and the deal with middle options F&S’s trademark teak drawers. A hidden purified-­water dispenser is put in in an effort to cut back single-use-plastic waste. Further storage is current underneath the mezzanine seating, which additionally options backrest air conditioning.

F&S Boatworks 82 sport-fishing boat cockpit and fighting chair.
A Launch Marine unlimited-class preventing chair graces the teak cockpit.
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On the bridge, three helm chairs sit behind a big ­center-oriented helm. Three Garmin shows outfitted with each Garmin and Furuno applied sciences are flush-mounted on a matte-black panel. The Furuno Omni 360-degree sonar’s distant controls are positioned within the starboard flip-up field, and the overhead drop-down field ­options twin MTU monitoring screens. For watching the unfold, a further Garmin ­drop-down show can be mounted overhead.

Bridge seating includes a full 180-degree bench and wraps ahead across the helm, with a further bench immediately in entrance. For extra freezer house, look no additional than the helm itself: The highest flips open and includes a large inside freezer with customized dividers.

Salon and Lodging

The very first thing within the salon that caught my eye as I handed the day head had been the three bar stools parked in entrance of the countertop. The blue cushions match the piping on the stylish white U-shaped couch on the port aspect, and the starboard love seat supplies the proper accent. A Launch Marine convertible espresso desk rests in entrance of the couch and options an attractive mother-of-pearl marlin inlay, mimicking the stool backs.

F&S Boatworks 82 sport-fishing boat interior seating salon and galley.
The inside just isn’t solely spacious and fashionable, it’s additionally loaded with storage.
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The U-shaped dinette is positioned to starboard and is the proper spot to cozy up and revel in a hearty meal. The cooktop and convection oven/­microwave are properly hidden, and 4 KitchenAid fridges/freezers sit flush underneath the counter tops. All the cupboards characteristic laser-cut inserts to carry the contents snugly in place. Whenever you need to have a drink from your individual hidden speakeasy, a hidden nook liquor elevator rises and falls flush into the countertop with the contact of a button. And in the event you don’t need the dock neighbors to know you’re ingesting the great things, the entire salon home windows change to utterly opaque on the contact of a change, eliminating the necessity for blinds and valances.

The portside closet is ready up much like a butler’s pantry, with loads of storage for provisions and extra slide-out refrigeration. On the starboard aspect, {the electrical} closet with breaker panels and switches is neatly organized behind customized cabinetry.

F&S Boatworks 82 sport-fishing boat interior master stateroom.
The grasp stateroom with king mattress.
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Stepping down the curved teak-trimmed companionway, the grasp stateroom is oriented to port, and you may’t assist however recognize how shiny and enormous it feels. A king mattress is centered between good-looking sconces mounted in opposition to a mirrored background, and the room affords an abundance of storage, together with a dresser and hanging closet. Oddly sufficient, my favourite a part of the grasp stateroom was the pinnacle. The dark-blue wall protecting accented the teak completely, giving the house a heat feeling, whereas the white counter and silver {hardware} nodded towards a extra modern end. Working in unison, the stateroom felt new and alluring—an ideal mixture of sophistication and magnificence.

The VIP stateroom with a personal head is positioned all the way in which ahead, and two extra bunkrooms are set off to the starboard aspect with a further shared head. Aft finds a beneficiant crew room with a personal head that features three giant bunks and loads of room to unfold out. As Floyd confirmed me the hanging locker, he additionally famous the false wall, that when eliminated, shows a customized storage space for bigger deal with—a testomony to the significance of utilizing the boat’s all-available house.

Engine Room and Efficiency

Floyd virtually glowed as he opened the soundproof sub door from the crew quarters into the pump and engine rooms. The pump room options solely one of the best of one of the best: Spot Zero SeaXchange reverse-­osmosis system, ElectroSea Clearline ­system, twin Seakeeper 16s with customized prime panels, and the F&S patent-pending closed-loop cooling system, eliminating raw-water cooling in every thing besides the primary engines.

F&S Boatworks 82 sport-fishing boat clean white engine room.
The MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines produce 2,600 hp every and propel the 82-footer to a prime finish of greater than 42 knots.
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The boat options two MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines that put out 2,600 hp per aspect, in addition to two Onan mills. Her engine room is beneficiant and neatly organized; the battery containers sit inboard, as do the breaker and oil-change ­system, making entry a breeze. The rear hatch that opens to the cockpit was particularly designed to be giant sufficient to have the ability to take away and ­service a majority of the engine and pump-room parts, ­with out the specter of excising the deck or salon flooring.

The climate was excellent for our sea trial. As Capt. Tucker Colquhoun pushed Particular Scenario via Lake Price Inlet, the 82-footer leapt from the water. Floyd defined the variable-deadrise know-how that he put in place, which options longitudinal steps and customized wake-adjusted ­operating gear. When you think about the entire high-end finishes and equipment on board, Hull No. 31 continues to be fairly gentle in contrast with similar-­measurement vessels—proving that the F&S construct course of reduces weight in all attainable areas.

Jogging down the ­shoreline at a gradual cruise of 28 knots, 1,650 rpm burned round 122 gph. Colquhoun finds that the boat runs finest at an 80 ­% load (2,000 rpm), the place she scoots alongside at 36 knots burning 192 gph. Slowing right down to trolling pace, we admired her clear wake. Simulating a fish on, Colquhoun backed round laborious and spun the boat whereas the CJR props chewed up the seas, launching us in whichever path we desired. Pointing towards dwelling, we opened her up utterly, slicing via the seas with a prime finish of properly over 42 knots at 2,450 rpm burning 278 gph.

F&S Boatworks 82 sport-fishing boat exterior seating.
Ahead of the helm is loads of extra wraparound seating for crew and friends.
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I lastly bought the possibility to admire these clear traces again on the dock within the full ­brilliance of daylight; the signature F&S curved salon glass actually makes the boat unmistakable. I shook fingers with Floyd and Colquhoun, thanked them for his or her time, and walked again to my truck, considering to myself, If I had been to construct a customized sportboat, it could be similar to that one. She definitely is particular.

Learn Subsequent: Marlin goes behind the scenes with this tour of the F&S facility in Bear, Maryland.

F&S Boatworks 82 Specs

  • LOA: 82’
  • Beam: 21’9”
  • Draft: 5’5”
  • Displ: 110,000 lb.
  • Gas: 3,200 gal.
  • Water: 500 gal.
  • Energy: MTU 16V 2000 M96L; 2,600 hp
  • Gear/Ratio: ZF 3070A/2.03:1
  • Propellers: CJR, 5-blade
  • Paint: Awlgrip, Cloud White
  • Local weather Management: Technicold