Fishboats from Rampage Sportfishing Yachts have a well-deserved reputation for making offshore angling their priority, and for many years their largest offering has been the 45 Convertible. As the 2011 model year hits these basic facts remain the same, but the tried-and-true 45—which I first tested nearly a decade ago, during a full day of tuna fishing in heavy seas off the Carolina coast—has undergone a series of changes that warrant giving this boat new consideration.
- The Rampage 45 is the biggest fishing boat in this company's line.
Like other Rampage boats (including the 41 we’ve blogged about before), the 45 has some fishing features that are just plain smart. The integrated, removable fishboxes in the cockpit sole provide the best example: they’re five feet long, so everything from bluefish to bluefin tuna will fit in them; they’re macerated and drain overboard; and their hatches are split in the middle, so you can swing up one side or the other easily, without wrestling a lot of weight. The 36-gallon lighted, baffled livewell is another example. And as final evidence of the Rampage’s supreme fishability, check out the sheer size of the cockpit. It’s 130 square feet, while most competing convertible fishboats in this size range offer 110 to 120 square feet of fish-fighting territory. That’s another excellent indication of how this builder puts a premium on fishing. The bottom line? If you knew and maybe even loved Rampage’s 45 Convertible, it’s time to go back for a second look—because Rampage just did.
- Lenny Rudow