Twin Vee Scores
High with Captains
James Peters and Kevin
Hunter have heard just about every kind of fish story and seen every
type of fishing boat possible during their years as charter captains
along the Louisiana coast.
When they saw the Pilot Console enclosure on Twin Vee's line of big
boats, however, they knew that they were looking at something totally
new among power catamaran fishing boats.
And when they each experienced long fishing trips during cold, wet and
windy conditions far off the Louisiana coast, their curiosity had
transformed into conviction.
Peters is so convinced of the Pilot Console's value that he has
purchased a Twin Vee 36 Pilot Console model and has already started
using the vessel for his fishing charter business. His smaller,
center-console catamaran from another manufacturer will soon be sold, he
Hunter not only owns at Pilot Console 32 but, as the owner of Louisiana
Marine Brokers, he has ordered a number of comparable 32-foot and
36-foot Pilot Consoles in order to meet the demand for the boats among
the fishing captains in southern Louisiana.
Why are the boats so desired by those who have placed orders?
"If I forgot everything I knew about fishing, this is the boat model
that I would buy," Hunter said.
"It is so comfortable in there. It never gets too hot because of so many
windows you can open. And there is perfect visibility because you are
close down to the water rather than up in a pilot house as on a
sportfisherman," he said.
"The bottom line of this model's value is that a lot of the guys fish
out of their boats for a living. And if you are in that environment
every day, especially running long distances, it is much less work,"
Hunter said. "Because of the amount of abuse you take being outside
being in the wind and the sun everyday, especially in winter time, the
Pilot Console makes life so much more tolerable."
He will soon install a reverse-cycle air conditioner in his Pilot
Console cabin in order to provide year-round comfort for his charter
clients and himself.
"To have all the advantages of the cat -- comfortable in seas going 30
mph in 4-5' seas -- and having an enclosed space in cold or hot weather,
then I'm going after that," he said.
Peters said his "jaw dropped" when he first saw Hunter's Twin Vee 32
pull up to a fuel dock near his Venice, La. marina slip.
"The roominess in the boat is amazing. And then I went with Kevin on the
Pilot Console model. It was a night trip and it was really nice inside,
especially when we were going 60 miles offshore and there was some
rain," Peters said.
"I'll admit that what sold me first on the boat was the room. But then I
realized that buying the Pilot Console just makes more sense. Anywhere
you go up north along the coast, the commercial guys all have cabins,"
Also the owner of a 30-foot sportfishing boat, Peters said he is
impressed with the Pilot Console's walkaround fishing capability that
allows two fishermen to pass and provide escape from inclement weather.
The value to Peters is not just comfort but also increased business
revenue. The lifelong fisherman with a decade of chartering experience
said he takes out clients some 150 days a year. With the Pilot Console,
however, he expects to make dozens more trips a year because of the
protection offered during the long trips to and from the best fishing
"I can think of plenty of situations where I'll be fishing on days that
I wouldn't go out in the past and I am going to be able put people on
fish more than I would have before," Peters said.
The Pilot Console interior accommodates up to five fishermen and
provides an enclosed head compartment. Fully lockable, the Pilot Console
allows for secure storage of electronics and fishing tackle.
For more information of this exciting option for 32-foot and 36-foot
models, contact a Twin Vee dealer near you. You can find the closest
dealer by visiting Twin Vee's Web site at www.TwinVee.net.