RE: Buddy Foster's Wonderful Boat
I have fished out of Teach's Lair Marina for years in small boats that I towed down from Virginia. Over the years I have admired the boats sitting out in front of Foster Boat Works right across from the marina.
At one time I wanted to build my own large, trailerable Carolina style sportfishing boat. After taking a closer look at the Foster 26' Carolina Custom I said, "Why build when Buddy Foster has one all ready to go, and not a toothpick of wood in it?" We worked out a deal for the twin 150 powered boat, and I was soon gonna be ready to do some serious offshore fishing this summer.
The boat is made out of modern boatbuilding materials; feels strong and agile. The big bow and flare keeps almost all spray off of you. It won't go as fast in waves as a heavy deep-vee hull, but the Yamaha gauge said 2.8mpg @ 23mph, and that's good for me. To put it another way; it took 58 gals to fill-up the boat after a full day of trolling at the Point out of Oregon Inlet. Trolling is where the boat really shines. The super stable platform with the big bow gives you the confidence to go out as far as you want.
Buddy maximized the room by not having large unnecessary seating built-in. The tower provides an awesome view of whales, dolphins, jumping fish, and weedlines. I plan to do some sight-fishing in the future. So far I have caught mahi, spanish, an 87lb yellowfin, and hooked a blue marlin that pulled all the line off a reel.
I am happy there are talented boatbuilders like Buddy Foster to make my fishing dreams come true.