Cruising at high speeds in big seas, passengers comfortable and dry all the while: That’s what Jupiter Marine expects of its boats.
Those who own or have experience with Jupiter fishing boats say they hit the mark — and how! They’re within a dock-line toss of the top rankings among oft-reviewed boats in our survey.
Those who know the boats love nearly everything about them, but their highest accolades went for the way they’re built and perform, and the prestige of the brand. (Everything is relative too: Jupiter’s lowest scores matched the highest of some other brands.)
Carl Herndon — former founder/CEO of Blackfin Yacht Corporation — gathered a likewise-seasoned team of skilled craftsmen to launch Jupiter Marine in 1998 and has since expanded its product line.
In the quarter-century since, the brand’s fan club has grown as the company deftly blended new technology with the uncompromising quality on which it has always insisted.
It’s a specialist in outboard-powered offshore sport-fishing boats acclaimed for great looks, seaworthiness, speed, quality and features, and all built on a solid, nearly indestructible hull. Boats are built to your specifications, but all those traits, the company says proudly, are “standard equipment” on every Jupiter.
Jupiter 25 BAY
Newest, smallest and likely nimblest in a line that goes to 41 feet, Jupiter’s new 25 Bay concedes nothing to its big siblings. It embraces all their offshore strengths while boasting its own brand of shallow-water potential.
Like the offshore specialists, the 25 Bay has high gunwales, flush decks, massive tournament-style livewells, and plenty of storage. But it’s a bay boat at heart, with a draft of just 14 inches, sandbar-friendly.
Going far? The 91-gallon fuel capacity will get you there and back. Traveling first on land? This boat rides its trailer well too, with a beam of 8 feet 6 inches.
You can match the helm to your fishing style; the center console welcomes dual navigation displays. Ready to go with standard features, options include seat, upholstery and fabric upgrades; custom hardtop or tower with second station; outriggers; kingfish-style rod holders; Power Pole shallow-water anchor system; trolling motor; and more.
How does it run? Ahead of an optional Yamaha F300, it cruises nicely at 30 to 40 mph and can hit 50+ mph at wide-open throttle.
Says Jupiter president Carl Herndon, proudly: “Run shallow, go offshore, stay late at the sandbar, dress up for cocktails …. This boat can do it all.”