Soundings - - Contents - BY STEVE KNAUTH

Steve New­man saw a Jersey Cape 36 and made a men­tal note. Years later, the same boat came to his at­ten­tion when he was on the hunt for the ideal fish­ing ves­sel.

Back in 2005, Howard New­man tested a boat at the Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. It was an ex­press fish­er­man built by Jersey Cape, a small, fam­ily-owned firm in south­ern New Jersey. He met the com­pany own­ers, Wayne and Ge­nine Puglise, to learn more about their op­er­a­tion.

“I was im­pressed,” New­man says. “I be­came in­ter­ested in the boat.”

But he wasn’t re­ally look­ing for a boat at the time, so he sim­ply filed away the ex­pe­ri­ence in the back of his mind.

“A few years later, I got se­ri­ous about find­ing another boat and was look­ing on­line,” says New­man, 49, owner of the Bate­man, Gor­don & Sands in­sur­ance agency in Light­house Point, Florida. “Much to my sur­prise, I found that the boat we rode in 2005 was for sale in Long Is­land. I flew up to see it and sub­se­quently made the pur­chase.”

It was a Jersey Cape 36 built in Lower Bank, New Jersey. The ves­sel was in good shape, with a few cos­met­ics to take care of, and the price was $350,000.

“What im­pressed me was the Carolina look as well as the func­tion­al­ity of the ves­sel,” New­man says. “It is set up for fish­ing with a large cock­pit that gives you plenty of room for fish­ing, sim­ple sys­tems which in­clude two freez­ers, and a helm that al­lows the op­er­a­tor to be in the mid­dle of the ac­tion. There’s easy ac­cess to the en­gine room, and the cabin that has enough room for a week­end trip.”

New­man, who grew up in Stuart, Florida, wanted to con­tinue his life­long af­fair with boats and boat­ing. “I’ve been around boats all my life,” he says. “My fam­ily had a boat that we used for off­shore fish­ing and fam­ily time. We wa­ter-skied, fished and had an al­laround great time.”

New­man has owned a va­ri­ety of craft along the way: a 13-foot Bos­ton Whaler, 20and 25- foot Makos, a 31 Con­tender and a Cabo sport­fish­er­man.

“Our vi­sion was to use the Jersey Cape for spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, fish­ing, cruis­ing, tak­ing trips to the Ba­hamas,” New­man says. “As our kids were getting older it was a great venue to spend time with them and their friends.”

Whether it’s a cruise to the in­let or a long week­end in the Ba­hamas, New­man has made many good mem­o­ries on Liki Tiki, the Jersey Cape. ( The name comes from a Jimmy Buf­fett song and was “de­ter­mined by a fam­ily vote,” he says.) “We’ve spent many days in Chub Cay blue mar­lin fish­ing, as well as mak­ing trips to Har­bour Is­land and the other Ba­hamas is­lands,” he says. “Many

of our days are spent in South Florida an­chored out or chas­ing sail­fish in the win­ter.”

Power comes from a pair of 540-hp Cum­mins diesels, giv­ing the boat a top end around 40 mph. “A com­fort­able cruise is 28 to 32 knots based on sea con­di­tions,” New­man says. Fuel burn at 28 knots is about 35 gal­lons. “The beauty of the boat is at trolling speed. You burn ap­prox­i­mately 3 gal­lons an hour on a very sta­ble plat­form.”

New­man keeps the boat in Pom­pano Beach and, like most Florida boaters, runs into a va­ri­ety of coastal and off­shore sea con­di­tions. Han­dling the Jersey Cape is not a prob­lem. “You have to keep in mind that it is only a 36-foot boat with a wide beam, so some­times you have to pull the throt­tles back and be pa­tient,” New­man says. “But it’s a com­fort­able boat.”

New­man’s made a few changes to the ves­sel over the years. “I wanted to add some fea­tures to make it my own and went to the Jersey Cape yard for the up­grades,” he says. “We added a teak deck as well as some other ba­sics.”

The elec­tron­ics were up­graded with a Sim­rad NSS evo3 mul­ti­func­tion dis­play. New­man has two screens set up at the main helm sta­tion, along with radar and au­topi­lot. “When we’re tuna fish­ing, radar is the num­ber one tool, and you can say the same for the sounder when we’re bot­tom fish­ing.”

This sea­son, New­man and his fam­ily plan to make some week­end trips to the is­lands and get “plenty of R&R,” as New­man puts it. The Jersey Cape con­tin­ues to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions, he says. “Def­i­nitely.”


The Jersey Cape 36, also known as the Devil 36, is an all- out, un­abashed ex­press fish­ing ma­chine that was born and bred along the south shore of New Jersey. The look is Carolina, with a no­tice­able bow flare and a dis­tinc­tive bro­ken sheer. Free­board is high at the bow and low around the cock­pit. The bridge deck is a step up, and the pod-style helm sta­tion is on the cen­ter­line. There’s a wrap­around wind­screen, and most boats are equipped with a hard­top and/or a tuna tower. Stan­dard fish­ing gear in­cludes in-deck fish boxes with mac­er­a­tors and cus­tom drain sys­tems, a molded sink/ boat prep area and a cock­pit deck plate for mount­ing a fight­ing chair. Tour­na­ment pack­ages add a hard­top, tuna tower, stand­ing plat­form, out­rig­gers, a bait freezer and helm- chair air con­di­tion­ing. Cabin con­ve­niences in­clude a dinette with a hi-lo ta­ble that con­verts to a berth. In the gal­ley are a ceramic cook­top and a re­frig­er­a­tor/freezer, along with a sink, stowage and room for ap­pli­ances. A set­tee on the star­board side con­verts to up­per- lower berths. The head in­cludes a van­ity, sink and a shower.

Howard New­man (left) and Josh Tuyls

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