52' EGG HARBOR 52 GOLDEN EGG CONVERTIBLE (1998) "SALT SHAKER"
Hardcore anglers know value of a large, wide-open cockpit. But on many boats - even those in the 50' range - you run out of cockpit space before you run out of anglers. Mount fighting chairs on the deck and there might be enough room left for five or six people to drop lines at any given time. And what if you spot breaking fish? With outriggers looming overhead, only three or four of these fishermen will have the overhead clearance to cast at will without snagging a cable or another fisherman.
So why do some big sportfishing machines have less fishing room than a 28' to 30' center console? Because while the center console offers almost 100-percent fishability, the big battlewagons utilize as little as 10 to 15 percent of the waterline length for open cockpit space. The rest of the boat is often dedicated to the salon, galley and staterooms. Wouldn't it be aggravating to spend big bucks on a fishboat, only to see a boat half the size fishing more lines? If you don't want to have your fishability upstaged, take a look at Egg Harbor's 52' Golden Egg.
Photos and description courtesy: Egg Harbor Yachts, Boating Mag