Previous attempts to blend a full cabin with the center console boat design have ended up as compromises that don't satisfy either group—and they often look as though they were designed by folks who do their fishing in the seafood section of the grocery store. The SeaVee Fish-Around 430, however, was clearly conceived by and for people who know their way around a livewell.
For starters, the sheer volume of rod holders is enough to leave even the most hardcore angler weeping with joy. The line of holders wraps from one midpoint on the hull all the way around to the other, leaving you wondering if you even own that many rods. If you were to stuff a rod in every holder lining the gunwales—there are nine on each side, by the way—the rocket launcher, tower and the aft rod holders, the boat would resemble a sea-going porcupine. But simply having a ton of rods out is not the answer; you also need to be able to get to them when a fish hits the line. On the 430 that's easy, due to the wide, thigh-high walk-around that allows you to pass behind another angler already battling a fish without jostling him or her. Better yet, the level deck assures secure footing even in wet conditions.
All the way forward is a 40-gallon baitwell, which is yet another clue that this boat was designed by real anglers who know that the guys up front don't want to schlep all the way to the transom for more goggle eyes or pilchards. Outlets for electric reels mean that life is also easier for those who enjoy deep-dropping. Add in the four integral tackle stations and a fish box, and it becomes clear you can fish from the bow all day long.
The deep-v entry and a rock-solid hull allows the 430 to master even big, sloppy seas. Quad outboards get you to the fish - and back to the dock - quickly and reliably. And those quads make this boat ideal for those who want to move up from a center console, but are squeamish about transitioning from outboards to diesel inboards. (Though the 430 Fish-Around is also available with inboards, or pod drives). Or, maybe you just like the performance that outboards offer. Even with 24,800 pounds of displacement, the 430 can hit speeds of over 50-mph.
Handling is a high-point, too, with the helm elevated for optimal visibility in all directions while underway or while backing down on a trophy. Climb above the hardtop into the tower, for visibility that used to be reserved for big-buck sportfishers. And remember, the 430 Fish-Around is semi-custom, allowing each boat to precisely fit the needs and lifestyle of its owners, with unique options such as a hullside door, a dive tank fill system, and even an integral third lung option. The cockpit can be configured as you wish, too, either open or with a rocket launcher or a fighting chair.
Climb out of that fighting chair after doing battle with a billfish or two, and it’ll be nice to step down into the cabin. There, you’ll find a full galley, a yacht-sized head, a dinette that seats five and converts to a berth, and a v-berth forward.
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The bottom line? The SeaVee 430 Fish-Around is that rare vessel that can be many things to many owners. Is it a really, really big center console? Yes. Is it a pocket sportfish that would be an easy—but big—step up from a center console? Absolutely. It is an ideal boat for tournaments? You bet. Is it an ideal family boat? Unquestionably. No compromises necessary.
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