A little over 2 years ago I started looking for the absolute best offshore fishing boat for fishing off the Oregon Coast. I wanted a boat that was fast, seaworthy in big water, afforded shelter from the elements with a rear enclosed bulkhead, a large cockpit, big fish boxes and more. While I had a long list of requirements these topped the list. I looked at every boat possible in the 38' to 45' range and kept coming back to Henriques Yachts.
There are a lot of great boats out there but not many hit all the marks on the requirements list. The Henriques 42' EX HT hit all the marks and then some. Check out The Boat page on our website. Impressive!
Over a year ago a friend of mine, Mike Colbach who owns Shake N' Bake out of Ilwaco kept telling me, repeatedly, you will not find a better boat for our waters than the Henriques 42' Express. Deep down I know he was right after having been on his 42' Henriques. However, being stubborn or just finding the fun in boat shopping I continued the search for something better. Turns out, I could have saved my self a year or more of time and just conceded to Mike's advice.
Long story short, after a trip to New Jersey for the sea trial we purchased a Henriques 42' EX HT. She's a beauty and ready to be rode hard!
The trip West starts in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey where Captain John Lewis will be at the helm running the boat to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Stops will be made in Virginia Beach, Charleston, St. Augustine and Pierce, FL depending on weather. Godspeed Captain John!
Once in Florida, El Jefe will be loaded onto a transport ship that will set sail down through the Panama Canal and finally be offloaded in Victoria, B.C. sometime in December. From Victoria we will bring the boat to Portland, Oregon for a few months to complete rigging for the the 2020 tuna season. I expect to have the boat in Garibaldi by April.
More updates will come as we sail this boat West and prepare for the 2020 tuna season out of Garibaldi, Oregon.