Southport Boatworks 28CC Review
Read Capt Paul Mandella’s Southport Review in
On the Water Magazine’s January 2012 edition
The 2010 season marks my 3rd full season in this boat and I still smile each trip running her!!! With LOA of 28.6 ft to go with a wide 10.6 ft beam this boat is a rock solid fishing platform. A typical trip the Maybe Tonight will have 3-4 anglers fishing one side of the boat while drifting live baits in the fast currents and rips around our home inlet and the boat stays in place without any dramatic listing to one side.
Built like a tank, the Southport 28CC is the smoothest, driest riding center console I have ever run. I ran most of the popular CC’s in this size class before deciding on the Southport.
The big dashboard has plenty of room for the full package of electronics, Large stand-up head under the console has plenty of headroom for me being over 6ft tall. Forward of the console is a huge coffin-box offering plenty of dry storage. Another large storage box is in the sole forward of the coffin-box. This offers a nice storage area for the castnets I use. A large “dance floor” bow deck provides an excellent spot to throw those castnets on the bait schools.
A HUGE livewell in the leaning post has plenty of capacity for all the bait I need for my charter trips. At the end of the day the bait is still in great shape. Tackle storage is built in on both sides of the leaning post along with convenient locations for storing the items used during the fishing day such as knives, pliers, etc.
Tackle storage is everywhere on this boat. Under the forward port and starboard gunwales are locations for storing 3 rods on each side. Moving aft there is additional 3 rod holders on both sides. Add in the 7 that go in the rocket launcher on the hardtop and you can have enough equipment aboard to meet any fishing situation that may arise.
Powered by twin Yamaha 250F four stroke outboards she is a very efficient running boat as well. This hull was designed from the start with the heavier 4 stroke power in mind. I have hit 53mph on the GPS at WOT, but best range is dialed back down to 3600 and running 29-30mph where she uses 14-16gph depending upon conditions. The boat is unique in the fact that I can keep her on plane while running as low as 3100 which is great for the days where it gets nasty out.
This boat is a pure pleasure to run and offers my clients a very stable fishing platform. I am very saddened to report that at the time of this writing Southport Boatworks has ceased operations and this beautiful line-up is not currently being built. There are rumors around that they are looking for someone to buyout the operation and start production again but at this point they are just that, rumors. There are very nice used Southports for sale out there that would be an excellent choice for anyone searching for a true fishing machine center console that can run with any of them.