Henriques Yachts has been building offshore fishing boats since 1977, and the New Jersey builder this year introduced a 30-foot express sportfisherman that coincides with its 30th anniversary.
As has been the case throughout its three decades in business, Henriques focused on fishing in laying out the 30 Express. “It continues the long heritage of what Henriques does best,” says Phil Robeson, owner of Henriques distributor Integrity Marine in Margate, N.J. “For the size, it has a big cockpit, big fishboxes — a very fishable boat, and that’s what they aim to build.”
In addition to a pair of 60-gallon insulated in-deck fishboxes, there’s a 45-gallon transom live well, a tackle center with drawers, gaff racks, insulated bait cooler, a sink, fresh- and saltwater washdowns, a transom door and reinforcement for a fighting chair. While the cockpit is equipped for serious fishing, the well-appointed cabin has a cushioned full-size V-berth forward with a choice of fabrics; wood laminate sole; air conditioning; an enclosed head compartment with shower, vanity and sink; a convertible dinette; and a galley equipped with a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, solid surface countertops and a sink.
Henriques has raised the level of interior appointments and the overall appearance of its boats over the years, says Maria Henriques-DeMers, one of the owners of the family-run business. “When we first started out our boats weren’t as cosmetically nice as they are now,” says Henriques-DeMers, daughter of company founder Jack Henriques. “As far as the integrity of the hull, that’s stayed the same.”
The 30 Express rides a hand-laid solid fiberglass hull, and the company uses bronze through-hulls with seacocks, Aquamet prop shafts, dripless shaft logs, manganese bronze struts, bronze rudders and propellers, and aluminum engine beds for the twin diesels. The boat also has an aluminum bow rail, powder-coated aluminum windshield frame, and a welded aluminum tower with molded fiberglass hardtop standard.
Although Henriques now is known for its express-style and convertible sportfishermen from 28 to 42 feet, the company started out building a Down East-style lobster boat for commercial and recreational use. The 35-foot Maine Coaster was produced from 1977 to 1999. Henriques-DeMers, who runs the Bayville, N.J., boatbuilding facility with her sister and brother-in-law, remembers those early days. “If a lobsterman came in and said, ‘I only have $50,000 to spend,’ ” she says, “we’d build him a $50,000 boat.”
The 30 Express, however, is a tournament sportfishing boat with the layout and equipment to match. The bridge deck has a port-side helm station with matching companion chair to starboard, flush-mounted electronics panel, lockable rod storage, tackle lockers, port and starboard settees with storage beneath and walk-in engine access. There’s also a second steering station, upholstered seating, a sun shade, canvas enclosure and rocket launchers, all standard, on the marlin tower.
Options include an anchor windlass, outriggers, rod holders, fighting chair, an oil-changing system and custom electronics. Available diesels include the standard twin 315-hp Yanmars, twin 380-hp Yanmars with electronic controls, or twin 380-hp Cummins diesels.
LOA: 33 feet, 4 inches
BEAM: 12 feet
DRAFT: 3 feet
DISPLACEMENT: 17,500 pounds
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees
TANKAGE: 330 gallons fuel, 40 gallons water, 10 gallons waste
POWER: twin diesels to 760 hp
SPEED: 37 mph top, 31-33 mph cruise (with Cummins QSB-380s)
CONTACT: Henriques Yachts, Bayville, N.J.
Phone: (732) 269-1180.