37' - Finest Kind

37' - Finest Kind

37 Foot Merritt Boat Based in Lahaina.  Charter Prices per boat (Maximum 6 people) and include rods, reels, tackle and bait.

Captain David Hudson's "Finest Kind" is a Tournament Equipped Classic 37 foot Merritt, Fast and comfortable. Equipped with live bait wells. We fish with live bait, dead bait, strip bait and lures. Whatever will work in a given situation on a given day.

Finest Kind  is a 37’ Merritt built in 1964 by Buddy Merritt himself. He called the 37 “THE PERFECT FISHING BOAT” and built her with one purpose in mind…to raise and catch fish. Since hull number 12 was launched she has been meticulously restored and repowered with twin 350 hp Yanmar Diesels giving her a 24 knot cruising speed.

Hosting up to six anglers, Finest Kind  is the Queen of the fleet. Set up in the classic day boat style, that means plenty of comfortable seating in the shade but not out of the action. Finest Kind ’s open teak cockpit and clean wake make her truly a “World Class” fishing machine. Her ability to back down at high speeds and spin on a dime make catching doubles, triples and quads seem easy. The combination of it all makes her the ultimate marlin fishing boat!

The Finest Kind was the top boat in 2010 with six Ahi (tuna) over 100 pounds, totaling 790.4 pounds. It weighed the largest of the year at 164.3 pounds, along with a 158.3 (the third largest) with Co-Capt. Chad Leonillo and crewman Jimmy Francis.

Boat Info

Address: Slip #7, Lahaina Harbor, Maui Hawaii
Name:Finest Kind Captain: Dave Hudson
Boat Launched: 1964 Staff on Board: 2
Length of Boat:  37 feet                                                             Beam :   11"7 feet                                         
Private Charters: yes Shared Charters: yes
Tag and Release: yes  Keep Catch: Up to Captains discretion on what's caught. Generous with catch.
Fishing License Required: no Fish Filleted: yes
Types of Rods: Shimano Types of Reels: Shimano
Bent/Straight Rods:  yes/yes    Reel Sizes: 50-130's
Fighting Chair/Harness/:  yes Tackle Included: yes
Flybridge:  yes Bait Types: lures/live/dead
Engine:  Yanmar Diesel
Fish Finder/GPS: yes/yes
Tuna Tower: yes Life jacket Adult/Child: yes/yes
Galley: yes Cabins: 1
Food Provided: no Alcohol Permitted: yes
Fridge/Cooler: yes Refreshments Included: no
Air Conditioning: no CD/TV/Microwave: no/no/no
Toilet/Head: yes Shower: no
Swimming Policy: no Transportation: no
Bottom Fishing: no Spectator Fee: no
Minimum age: no Maximum Passengers: 6



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We recommend you to bring the following: Suntan Lotion, Hat, Rainjacket, Sunglasses, Camera, Sweater, Water, Food, Sea Sickness Pills, change of clothes, (especially for children) Towel, Book/Magazine

This boat offers private charters. You will be the only group on the boat and can ask the Captain to take you to certain locations. On a private charter if you want to bring the boat in early, you can do this. There are many advantages to booking the boat to yourselves.

On this boat you will not be the only people on the boat. You will not be able to decide on when you want to to come back to shore. The captain will decide on where you go fishing and you will be on a specific time frame decided by the charter company.

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