Winter Custom Yachts

Tarpon 29



Concept for the Boat

The concept behind this boat is to build the perfect tarpon boat for fishing giant tarpon along the Gulf Coast. The boat will primarily be used trolling 'coon-pops', casting artificial baits and fishing live bait in shallow bays and passes. She will be powered by a single gas engine with a pocket drive system to fulfill the boat's fishing objectives and permit a shallow draft. The gas engine will permit slow trolling speeds and a sound signature essential for trolling for tarpon. The cold-molded construction will only add to the effectiveness of the design. The boat will have six rod holders for trolling in the stern. There will be a station on top of the t-top for observation and driving when chasing fish. The cuddy-cabin design will provide a large casting platform up front for casting artificials baits.

The centerconsole will contain the engine compartment and will raise with an electronic ram to permit complete engine access. The electronics will center around a single large display, through which the radar, echo-sounder and the gps will be displayed. All electronics will be housed in a pop-up electronics panel that can be shut when the boat is not in use to protect all electronics.

Anticipated to be a key feature of the boat's effectiveness will be a searchlight sonar system to provide 360 degree sonar coverage to search for schools of tarpon anwhere around the vessel, not just directly beneath it.


(Check Back Soon for More Updates) in conjunction with Navico will be installing an all-in-one networked electronics package providing some of the best, most innovative technology on the market today. The following is a list of the Navico systems to be installed:

(1) Simrad NSE12 single display on the console;

(2) Simrad NSE8 on the upper station;

(3) BSM-1 High Definition Sounder;

(4) Lowrance - Structure Scan Sounder;

(5) BR24 High-Definition, Broadband Radar Unit;

(6) AP28 Autopilot; and

(7) Sirius WM-2 Satellite Weather Module.

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An essential and additional element to making this boat target tarpon will be the Koden ESR-140MKII Sonar system. This "searchlight" sonar system will be able to scan, 360 degrees around the boat in search of tarpon. As most of us know, tarpon fishing is part fishing, part hunting. The searchlight sonar system will allow us to specifically find, identify and target tarpon around the boat, not just directly under it. For more information on the Koden sonar, please visit - Professional Marine Electronics since 1947.

When it comes to sound, there is no compromising the quality and durability of DC Gold Audio Speakers. A truly WATERPROOF (video) speaker for the rough marine environment. If you want to listen to music at full-throttle, wide open and do it with no distortion, this is your speaker. Click the logo below for more information.


Length: 30' 06"

Beam: 9' 11"

Draft: 28"

Displacement: 9,000 lbs.

Fuel: 185 gallons

Water: 45 gallons

Construction: Cold Molded with Okume and Fir Plywood

Engine: 8.1 L (high output gas engine 420+HP)

Cruise: 30 knots

Construction Photographs

(newest first)

October 22, 2010

July 20, 2010

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February 10, 2010

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Earlier Construction Pictures


*** The boat described on this page is not owned or operated by Project Tarpon, LLC. It is a privately owned vessel and is not a vessel for hire.

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