Best New Fishing Boats of 2020

Discover what's available for a new year and a new season of boating and fishing

Best New Fishing Boats of 2020

Discover what’s available for a new year and a new season of boating and fishing.

The idea that there is any boat out there that is better than all the rest is simply a myth. Likewise, there is no such thing as the best fishing boat, best family boat, best center console, or best bay boat.

What does exist, however, is a “best boat” for you – for your fishing needs, your cruising needs, your comfort, and your budget. In fact, somewhere among the 60-plus boat manufacturers featured in our 2020 Boat Buyer’s Guide, you’ll probably find more than one “best boat” that can provide many seasons of enjoyment on the water.

Boston Whaler 405 Conquest
With its sleek deep-V hull and wide beam, the Boston Whaler Conquest family tackles both saltwater fishing and sophisticated entertaining with ease. This fall, Whaler is entering new territory with the debut of the 405 Conquest. Like the rest of the Conquest family, it has the fishing amenities and cutting-edge technology that serious offshore fishermen demand, along with the core comforts and luxury amenities that will make it a favorite with pleasure cruisers. Fishing or cruising, the 405 Conquest will give you the confidence to go farther and stay out longer.
Boston Whaler 405 Conquest deckplan

• LOA: 40′ 0″

• Beam: 13′ 6″

• Draft (max): 31″

• Deadrise (Transom): 19°

• Fuel: 600 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 1600

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Cobia 240 CC
Cobia set out to reinvent the 24-foot center console with their new 240 CC. Introduced for 2019, it is the latest Cobia to mesh tournament capability, family comfort, and style into a single package. Built on a proven hull with superior fuel efficiency and open-water running performance, it’s as comfortable offshore as it is skimming across the shallows. A wide-open cockpit with level floor from bow to stern, twin 40-gallon in-floor fish boxes, a 28-gallon livewell, and a standard aft tackle station meet the needs of the most hardcore angler. The 240CC is equally adept as a platform for hosting an elegant sunset cruise or spending a casual day sandbar hopping. Passengers and guests will especially appreciate all the bigger boat amenities like the forward entry walk down head, hideaway rear bench seat with backrest, and the upgrade cushion packages that include double-bolstered helm seats and forward-facing backrests for the bow.
Cobia 240 CC livewell

• LOA: 23′ 7″

• Beam: 8′ 10″

• Draft (max): 1′ 5″

• Deadrise (Transom): 21.5″

• Fuel: 125 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 300

• Max Horsepower: 300

• MSRP: $81,060 w/ F300NCA

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Everglades Boats 395CC
The new Everglades Boats 395CC, unveiled at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, provides an exciting new option in the space between the Everglades 355 and the 435. Everglades DNA is evident throughout, with fishing-first design, but you’ll also find tremendous standard creature comforts. Serious anglers will take advantage of the extensive tackle storage, a smartly designed bait prep area, and twin standard 50 gallon livewells, while everyone will appreciate the luxury appointments, which include massive cabin with a separate shower and head, standard mezzanine seating, and full transom-width stowaway seating.
Retractable full upper station with Yamaha Helm Master system

• LOA: 42′ 2″ w/engines

• Beam: 12′

• Draft (max): 46″

• Deadrise: 25°

• Fuel: 600 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 1275

• Power: Triple Yamaha 425XTO

• MSRP: $803,077

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Grady-White Canyon 326
The new Grady-White Canyon 326 is a modern center console with a sleek, sporty appearance and all the luxuries and amenities you’d expect in a Grady-White. It’s packed with standard equipment that enhances fishability, including a 32-gallon lighted livewell, three insulated fish boxes, and 24 rod holders. It also includes all the comforts that make it an outstanding boat for family cruising and entertainment, like plush bow seats with foldaway backrests and a lockable console with stand up cherry-accented head compartment and stainless-steel sink. And of course, underneath it all is Grady-White's award-winning SeaV hull.
Grady-White storage

• LOA: 33′ 1″

• Beam: 10′ 9″

• Draft (hull): 24″

• Deadrise: 20°

• Fuel: 327 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 700

• Power: Twin Yamaha 300 or 350

• MSRP: $298,920

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Maritime 250 Voyager
Built in New Hampshire, Maritime Boats combines traditional New England looks with modern construction techniques and state-of-the-art design. The Maritime 250 Voyager, with its aggressive, stable vee-hull, was designed with offshore capabilities in mind. A full walk-around center pilot house allows for extended season fishing with protection from the elements. There’s a transom livewell and fold-down bench and bow seating with insulated fish boxes so you can fish hard in comfort.
Maritime 250 Voyage cockpit

• LOA: 25′ 8″

• Beam: 8′ 6″

• Draft (boat only): 14″

• Fuel: 120 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 350

• Power: Single or twin outboard

• MSRP: $107,000

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NauticStar 32XS
The largest model in NauticStar’s offshore center console series, the NauticStar 32XS is an outstanding saltwater performer, delivering all the necessary fishing features for the serious angler with cutting-edge styling and comfort. Its 10′ 6″ beam offers a spacious and comfortable bow that features a large forward lounge seat and plush wrap-around seating. The head console has a fully lined interior with a stainless-steel sink, SeaDek floor and electric flush porcelain toilet. It has a large helm station to allow for dual 12-inch (standard) or 16-inch (optional) multifunction displays. The leaning post has a sink, tackle storage, a slide-out, 35-quart YETI cooler or optional refrigerator, and seats with flip-up bolsters and pivot arms. Aft jump seats flip up for a roomy fishing deck with port and starboard in-floor fish boxes and large portside dive door.
NauticStar 32XS cockpit

• LOA: 32′ 0″

• Beam: 10′ 6″

• Draft 30″

• Deadrise (Transom): 23°

• Fuel: 307 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 850

• Power: Twin Yamaha 300, 350, or 425

• MSRP: $215,114

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NorthCoast Boats 255HT
The new NorthCoast 255HT is all about being rugged and versatile—a real boat for real boaters, without all the “fluff.” The hull is designed to be dry and soft in the worst conditions, and the cockpit is uncluttered and massive, with two large macerated in-deck fish boxes. Built by C&C Marine in Bristol, Rhode Island, in a semi-custom fashion, it can be equipped with all the important features required by inshore or offshore fishermen. It also has the versatility of a cruiser, with a private stand-alone head below and a cabin that sleeps two comfortably. When offshore with friends or family, the feeling of a solid boat under your feet will give you the confidence to keep fishing.
NorthCoast Boats 255HT cockpit

• LOA: 31′ 2″

• Beam: 9′ 5″

• Draft 1′ 7″

• Deadrise (Transom): 22°

• Fuel: 159 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 500

• Power: Twin 200 or 250

• MSRP: $173,730

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Pursuit DC 326
Pursuit boats are built on proven hulls matched to dependable Yamaha outboards. The Pursuit DC 326 – the latest addition to Pursuit’s innovative Dual Console family – features a fully integrated fiberglass hardtop with tempered glass windshield, thoughtfully designed storage and starboard hull side door. A port side wrap-around lounge, rotating helm seat, forward bow and foldaway cockpit seating offer plenty of room for friends, family and crew while rod holders, recirculating livewell and dedicated tackle storage are ready to fish.
Pursuit DC 326 transom seating

• LOA: 34′ 6″

• Beam: 10′ 10″

• Draft 2′ 11″

• Deadrise (at transom): 20°

• Fuel: 300 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 600

• Power: Twin Yamaha F300

• MSRP: $331,050

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Regulator 26XO
Some call it a hybrid. Some call it a bay boat. One thing’s for sure – it’s a Regulator. Fishing the flats, shallow water anchoring, and the capability to head offshore on a good day are all within reach on this new center console crossover. As the first boat in the new XO series, the Regulator 26XO features more than 122 square feet of deck space, spacious seating, generous storage and plenty of fishing and lifestyle amenities for a day of play.
Regulator 26XO

• LOA: 26′ 9″

• Beam: 9′ 3″

• Draft 1′ 2″

• Fuel: 107 gal.

• Power: Yamaha 300

• MSRP: $134,995 w/Yamaha F300

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Robalo R230
Adding to their lineup of durable, dependable, and comfortable center consoles, the new Robalo R230 offers more boat for less. Robalo's Kevlar-reinforced hull combined with a lifetime limited hull warranty and 5-year component warranty will allow you to enjoy complete peace of mind on the water, whether you’re cruising the shoreline or making a run offshore. Like the rest of Robalo’s popular center console family, the R230 is loaded with fishing features, luxurious amenities, and plenty of style.
Robalo R230 transom boxes

• LOA: 23′

• Beam: 8′ 6″

• Draft: (engines down): 2′ 7″

• Deadrise (at transom): 20°

• Fuel: 90 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 250

• Power: Yamaha F200

• MSRP: $58,995

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Southport 30FE
The newest Southport center console is built on an all-new 30′ hull. An evolution of the original Southport 292, the new design increases space on deck and adds modern touches to the layout. There’s increased aft and forward cockpit space for fishing and entertaining, with all new features including insulated transom fishbox (in addition to the classic floor boxes), newly designed mezzanine seating, rear swim decks, and an even more comfortable console interior. The Southport 30FE is ideal for both offshore fishing and family days, beach hopping and harbor cruising. The new model will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 30 and will be on display at regional boat shows throughout the winter and spring.
Southport 30FE deck

• LOA: 30′ 0″

• Beam: 10′ 6″

• Draft: 20″

• Deadrise (at transom): 22°

• Fuel: 232 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 700

• Power Options: Twin 300s or 350s

• MSRP: $265,000

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World Cat 400DC-X
World Cat’s all-new flagship, the 400DC-X dual console catamaran, provides big water capability in three different base versions, with each being highly customizable to adapt to each owner’s specific needs. For instance, there are 12 different transom configurations common to all three models resulting in 36 different versions, ranging from a luxurious cruising dual console with enclosed head and separate stateroom to a true offshore center console with sleigh seating and a sporty upper station. If a crew wants to dive, cruise, fish or just spend a leisurely day out on the water, there is a design that can fit any need.
World Cat 400DC-X deck

• LOA: 39′ 8″

• Beam: 12′ 8″

• Draft: 25″

• Fuel: 464 gal.

• Max Horsepower: 850

• Power: Twin Yamaha 425s

• MSRP: $794,458

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3 on “Best New Fishing Boats of 2020

  1. Charles Kane

    Fresh water river boats is for me , thank you —– I love to fish the Delaware River

  2. Renee Forrest

    All these are really great boats and saltwater fisher would die to have these!! Living a dream with these boats!! I wish!!lol

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