Jupiter 43 SF

The big­gest—and bad­dest—mem­ber of the Jupiter fam­ily was un­apolo­get­i­cally de­signed to fish, and fish hard.

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS -

The first thing I thought to my­self as I boarded the Jupiter 43 SF was how big the boat felt, even for a 43-footer. It wasn’t just its length or 12-foot, 6-inch beam that gave it that feel­ing. Even the handrails seemed thicker, while the helm dis­play (with room for three 22-inch Garmin MFDs) was ex­pan­sive and the out­boards, well, there were four of them. Quad 350-hp Yama­has should lend this beast of a boat a cruise speed in the 40-knot range and a top end around 52 knots.

With 30-plus years of boat­build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence un­der its belt, the Pal­metto, Florida, builder stepped into the grow­ing cen­ter con­sole arena this past Fe­bru­ary with the launch of its 43 SF at the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. It’s Jupiter’s largest of­fer­ing in a range that be­gins with a 26-foot bay boat and spans to an en­closed 41-footer. The new­comer should re­tail for ap­prox­i­mately $930,000.

The de­sign brief for this new model was not to be a hy­brid sport­fish­er­man/cruiser—like so many models are to­day—but rather to be a se­ri­ous, pur­pose-built sport­fish­er­ing boat. Stand­ing in the cock­pit I could see that im­me­di­ately. There’s room for rod stowage ev­ery­where.

Its aft-fac­ing cock­pit seat­ing got a lot of at­ten­tion from guests dur­ing the show. Jupiter un­der­stands how much time crew will be spend­ing in that spot watch­ing baits, so de­sign­ers were tasked with mak­ing the space ex­cep­tion­ally com­fort­able. In the end, the de­sign­ers im­ple­mented a 7-de­gree re­cline in the seat­ing to pre­vent the feel­ing of fall­ing for­ward when un­der­way. Un­der the seat are in­su­lated fish boxes and be­hind it is neat tackle stor­age. There’s no wasted space on this boat.

There’s very lit­tle wood­work aboard this bat­tlewagon, which makes sense since it was born for bloody decks. But the bright­work it does have, such as on the Re­lease Ma­rine helm seats, is finely fin­ished.

The helm is at an ideal height. I’m 6’2”, so see­ing over a driv­ing sta­tion is rarely an is­sue for me, but at this helm, I sus­pect any­one over 5 feet tall would be able to see clearly ahead of them. It’s also an in­cred­i­bly clean area—a tes­ta­ment to the glass helm, of course, but also the fact that Jupiter placed the Yamaha joy­stick and bow thruster con­trol un­der a lid to star­board.

Be­fore I saw the in­te­rior, I sus­pected it would be very tight, es­pe­cially since this boat was built for the sport­fish­ing sect. But be­low I found a bright space, with a TV for­ward, that could eas­ily en­ter­tain a half dozen kids or a cou­ple for a night. For­ward of the con­sole the bow is lined with rod hold­ers and easy steps up onto the fore­deck.

This is a sport­fish­ing boat, no ques­tion about it. In a mar­ket where many boats in this size range at­tempt to cater to hard­core an­glers and the fam­ily cruiser, the 43 SF is un­apolo­get­i­cally de­signed for fish­ing. It also proves that a boat can fish hard and still be com­fort­able. —

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