As sturdy as the Bimini is, however, the Trojan company has no intention of stopping at 22 feet. Now that 50- and 70-horsepower motors are available, Trojan is scheduling a 27-foot outboard cruiser for production, and another company, LePage Craft of Maple Grove, Quebec, recently launched a 31-foot behemoth. The LePage 31-footer is fine for quiet days on quiet lakes but is primarily a pleasure cruiser rather than a fisherman and must still be regarded in the experimental stage as far as offshore work is concerned. The Bimini-22, however, is a proved rough-water boat, one that any weekend fisherman would like to have for fast runs into deep water and one that any weekender can have for the relatively modest price of $2,545.
All the design news in fishing boats this year is not for cruiser men. For example, the sleek, compact runabout below, with its bristling outriggers and sturdy fighting chair, is tailor-made for the low-budget deep-sea angler by Feather Craft, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the few stock runabouts that mounts a fighting chair and outriggers—equipment usually found only on 26-foot-plus inboard cruisers. Yet the light, compact Feather Craft, fully equipped, can easily be towed from port to port behind an auto and launched from a beach or ramp. The hull is 52 S magnesium-aluminum sheet reinforced with extruded ribs, which is both exceedingly strong and easily repaired if punctured. It weighs only 425 pounds without engines, yet it is 15 feet 10 inches long, with a beam of 6 feet. The cockpit is roomy and stowage space remarkably ample for a small boat. Built-in Styrofoam flotation increases the buoyancy of the boat and makes it virtually unsinkable. The transom can take a twin engine installation, and two 35-horse-power outboards will push the Clipper over 35 knots.
Specifically, the Feather Craft Clipper is adapted for the angler who wants to run out into comparatively open water and still be able to high-tail it for home if bad weather starts brewing. Buzzards Bay, the Florida Keys, La Paz in Mexico or California's Catalina Channel are waters where the Clipper can prove its mettle. Completely outfitted with outriggers, fighting chair and canvas top it sells for only $1,209.