Mag Bay Yachts will debut its latest model, the Mag Bay 42 Express Sportfish, at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), on Virginia Key, In-Water Docks 782 & 782A. The new diesel-powered performance fishing boat shows the company’s passion for building the finest, highest quality fishing vessels afloat.
Mag Bay Yachts was launched in 2014 by Barrett Howarth and his father, Mike Howarth, co-founder of well-known fishing boat brand, Cabo Yachts. After Cabo was sold to the Brunswick Corporation, the Howarths created Mag Bay and built the 33’ Center Console. The new Mag Bay 42 demonstrates the company’s commitment to build a dedicated fishing boat that is faster, more agile and with more range and fishing amenities.
The new Mag Bay 42 features a high-performance planing hull designed by longtime collaborator, Michael Peters Yacht Design of Sarasota, FL. Its larger prop tunnels accommodate bigger wheels and a rudder; the keel was removed for more agility and the transom was angled to provide better maneuvering. Increasing the deadrise and enlarging the chines provides a smoother and more stable ride.
A bow thruster, together with ZF Marine’s new 400A gearbox and joystick system, makes for easy docking and maneuvering. The oversized engine room accommodates access to twin Volvo diesel engines, as well as two A/C units, a 13.5 kW Onan generator and Seakeeper 6 gyro stabilizer.
Standard power for the Mag Bay 42 is twin 1,000 HP Volvo D13 engines, enabling mid-30-knot cruising speeds and a top end in the low 40-knot range. Options include 1,105 HP CAT C18s, and 900 HP or 1200 HP MAN diesels.
The new 42 Mag Bay cockpit has two oversized fish boxes, an 80-gallon pressurized live well, storage for 7' rods, up to 8' gaffs and tackle. Fresh and saltwater washdowns with 20’ hose reels, oversized pumps and cockpit drains, roomy and easy-access lazarette, rounded gunwales and an oversized transom door.
The mezzanine provides comfortable seating, a Release Marine battle station, and houses three insulated drink boxes, a large insulated freezer box and dry storage beneath it. The 670-gallon fuel tank and 125-gallon water tank provide for long-range cruising.
The air-conditioned helm has a full Garmin 8624 package with dual 24” displays, navigation, GPS, radar and an industry-first lift design for easy access to electronic systems. Two-lever Palm Beach-style controls and joystick complete a clean dash. A “faux teak” helm pod complements the three Release Marine helm seats. The fiberglass framed windshield provides clear visibility and the L-settee helm deck that seats 4-6 adults.
Below deck, a large settee with dual folding backrests providing the ability to sleep four guests in the salon. A spacious starboard aft head, entertainment center with a 43" TV and an electronics drawer with charging ports is standard. Large hull-side windows provide natural light with two skylights in the forward stateroom which has two hanging closets and rod storage for 7’ rods. The galley features two under-counter stainless refrigerators, a Kenyon stove, GE microwave and generous storage.