44 Hen­riques Fly­bridge

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When John Lewis re­tired from his job as a steam­fit­ter, he put his cap­tain’s li­cense to work and went fish­ing. It seemed nat­u­ral. As a young­ster, Lewis had spent sum­mers at his fam­ily’s house in Beach Haven, New Jer­sey, boat­ing and fish­ing. “I have been fish­ing as long as I can re­mem­ber,” says Lewis, who is 70 and lives in Collingswood, New Jer­sey. “I have a pic­ture of me from around 1950, hold­ing up a fish at my grand­fa­ther’s house.”

Lewis found him­self run­ning a boat for a pri­vate owner who was into se­ri­ous fish­ing. Des­ti­na­tions for the Jer­sey-based boat in­cluded North Carolina and Florida, as well as Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, in the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands. The boat was a 42- foot ex­press from Jer­sey builder Hen­riques Yachts.

“We’d been look­ing at three dif­fer­ent boats, and I liked the Hen­riques,” Lewis re­calls. “I was talk­ing it over with a friend when the boss called and said, ‘ It’s the Hen­riques.’ We each de­cided on our own that this was the boat for us.”

The owner placed the or­der and took de­liv­ery in 2007. “We fished it to­gether for five years,” Lewis says. He never re­gret­ted the de­ci­sion. When Lewis de­cided to do char­ters on his own, he looked to re­place his 38foot Ocean ex­press with a big­ger boat. He took a trip to Cape May, New Jer­sey, to check out a 44- foot Hen­riques, a char­ter boat that had been sit­ting un­used. “It had been out of the wa­ter for five years,” Lewis says. “It was dirty, and the can­vas was torn, but you could see through the dirt that it had been well main­tained while it was be­ing used.” Lewis no­ticed the big cock­pit for a boat of its size, the built-in fish-boxes, the big saloon, the two state­rooms and the en­closed head com­part­ment. “I went home and told my wife that I’d bought an­other boat,” he says.

He pur­chased In­sa­tiable, a 1989 Hen­riques 44 Fly­bridge, in May 2014. The price was $ 60,000 be­cause of the im­prove­ments the boat re­quired. “I keep it in Beach Haven,” Lewis says. “I do 40 or so char­ters a sea­son, mostly in July and Au­gust. They’re al­most all close to shore, but we do two or three canyon trips a sea­son for tuna and mahi. The boat is away from the dock a lot.”

In­sa­tiable is fish­able, safe and com­fort­able for Lewis’ clients, which are mostly va­ca­tion­ing fam­i­lies. “We catch the lit­tler stuff close to shore on half-day trips,” he says, adding that Gar­den State Reef and its vicin­ity are pop­u­lar spots. “I like to get near the wrecks and drift down to catch sea bass or the fluke around them. We run up to Gar­den State South [ Reef] and some­times down to the south, off Bri­g­an­tine.”

Power comes from a pair of Lug­ger diesels, which de­liver an 18- to 19-knot cruis­ing speed at 2,300 rpm. The boat trav­els about a

half a mile per gal­lon, ac­cord­ing to Lewis’ fig­ures. “I don’t like to cruise fast, but it can fast-cruise at 23 knots and top out at 27 ½,” he says. “If I have to get to a tour­na­ment weigh-in I can push it. It’s a very com­fort­able ride at cruis­ing speed, and it can do that in most sea con­di­tions.”

In ad­di­tion to be­ing Lewis’ char­ter boat, In­sa­tiable also serves as his sum­mer home away from home. “It has the two state­rooms, the dou­ble berth and roomy hang­ing lock­ers,” he says. “It’s very com­fort­able to stay on.”

There’s no stove, but Lewis uses the cock­pit bar­be­cue and makes light meals, snacks and cof­fee on board. “When my son can get down, we try and get out for fluke or stripers in the fall,” Lewis says. “We also go to At­lantic City with the fam­ily for lunch and a cruise.”

Lewis of­ten has a big party on the Fourth of July with a cook­out. “We get a ring­side seat for the fire­works where I’m docked,” he says.

He keeps the 28-year-old boat up to date with an­nual im­prove­ments. Over the years, he’s added a new hold­ing tank and sys­tem, and new elec­tron­ics, in­clud­ing a Garmin radar, a fishfinder and a VHF ra­dio. “This is prob­a­bly my last boat, un­less I down­size,” Lewis says. “It’s a great boat, like a lit­tle house that I can char­ter, go to the canyons, go wher­ever I want to go.”

WALK­THROUGH

The Hen­riques 44 is a semi­cus­tom boat, so lay­outs may dif­fer, but the de­sign cen­ters around a 170- square- foot cock­pit with a fo­cus on fish­ing. Avail­able equip­ment in­cludes a tackle cen­ter, in­su­lated fish­boxes, gaff stowage, a tran­som door, a cock­pit helm and a live well. There’s a cen­ter­line helm sta­tion on the fly­bridge, as well as a com­pan­ion helm seat and a molded fi- ber­glass bench. Op­tional tops in­clude a mar­lin tower, tuna tower and en­closed fiber­glass hard­top.

Be­low, the master state­room is for­ward, with room for a V-berth, a hang­ing locker, port and star­board cab­i­netry, and di­rect ac­cess to the head. The guest state­room has space for up­per and lower bunks and a hang­ing locker. The en­closed head com­part­ment has a van­ity with a sink, an elec­tric marine head and a stall shower. The saloon can be laid out with a sofa to star­board and an L-shaped dinette to port.

The L-shaped gal­ley is up, with room for a sink, stove­top, mi­crowave and un­der­counter re­frig­er­a­tor. The boat rides an all-fiber­glass, mod­i­fied-vee hull with 12 de­grees of tran­som dead­rise.

John Lewis

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