Yachts

A Sportfishing Dream: Burger Boat Company’s Custom-Built Northland

Last year the American-based Burger Boat Company proudly launched their first steel hull in 50 years, the 31.5 metre/103.6 foot Northland. Designed as a long-range expedition yacht ideal for adventurous cruising and sport-fishing, the custom-built vessel was constructed in collaboration with award-wining designer Luiz de Basto who styled her tasteful exterior and interior.

Burger Boat CEO Jim Ruffolo remarked, “Northland is a prime example of Burger’s fine craftsmanship and dedication to working with our customers to build one-of-a-kind vessels. She is not only designed for the durability and range needed for a global expedition, but also for style and luxury.”

Interestingly, Burger and Luiz de Basto worked closely with Northland’s owner to create a yacht that would be ideal for his sport-fishing hobby. Luiz said, “Typically, a yacht this size would have a garage and beach club at the back. Instead, we moved the tender to the foredeck and designed the transom around fishing.” The stern is even equipped with a fighting chair for bringing in powerful fish like tuna or marlin, as well as thoughtfully-placed outriggers and bait wells.

With a master suite located on her main deck and two double cabins and a twin on her lower deck, Northland can accommodate up to 8 guests on her travels. When they’re not indulging in a little action and adventure, guests can enjoy relaxing in the hot tub up on the upper deck, socialise in the main saloon bar or simply curl up with a good book in the library situated in the bow.

Thanks to her two 475hp Caterpillar C18 ACERT engines and a 44,000 litre fuel capacity, Northland has a cruising range of 4000 km at a speed of 9.5 knots which should give her owner plenty of flexibility when heading to remote parts of the world. Her foredeck has storage space for two tenders which will make it even easier for her owner to reach the world’s top sport-fishing sites.

Alice Longhurst

After her first taste of life at sea aged three, Alice spends her time writing about yachts, fine wine and the good things in life.

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