Bluewater 180 Pro

A New Breed

FSF Staff December 3, 2013

With a longstanding history of producing high performance center consoles for open water exploits, Bluewater recently took a departure from their traditional designs with the implementation of a stunning line of inshore models. Turning heads and opening doors to new opportunities, Bluewater’s new inshore lineup of expertly crafted sport fishing vessels brings the same quality and high performance attributes their offshore platforms are recognized for, but in a sleeker package destined for the shallows.

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Bluewater 180 Pro

Featuring a simple yet effective layout and the ability for highly customizable options, the Bluewater 180 will take you places once only imaginable in a Bluewater. Available in two trims, the Pro features a large deck layout for easy maneuverability with under gunnel rod storage, while the FX model features locking molded rod boxes along the gunnels to keep rods and reels safe and secure. Whatever model you choose, the 180 is highly customizable and features a console that’s super comfortable and angler friendly with a cushioned backrest and tilt helm that enables users to operate the vessel while standing if preferred. The 180 can also be fitted to your needs, with an optional in-seat cooler ahead of the nicely appointed console.

In-deck storage compartments can also be outfitted for the user’s particular preferences, with flush mounted hardware across the board. In the stern you’ll find three large compartments, with owners commonly employing one as a release well, one as a livewell and one for dry storage, but the choice is yours. No matter the final decisions, all compartments are fully waterproof with gaskets, deep drains, and also feature stainless steel gas struts. What matters most is that the Bluewater 180 provides a true 10-inch draft and 15 degree deadrise for both benefits of traversing shallows and crossing open stretches of choppy water. While you’ll see big changes at Bluewater, a few things that remain the same are impeccable craftsmanship, ample storage options, impressive performance attributes and noteworthy customer service. Bluewater Sportfishing Boats, 772.464.3735, bluewaterboats.com

Boat Specs

L.O.A: 18’1″
Beam: 8’1″
Draft: 10″
Fuel Capacity: 38 gal.
Weight: (w/115 HP) 1,940 lb.
Max HP: 150
MSRP: $38,890*
*Model may be shown with optional features

Lenco SS Trim Tabs

While trim tabs play a crucial role in the performance and handling of offshore sport fishing vessels, they are also necessary for safe and successful shallow water navigation. Inshore pursuits often occur along fragile shallows, and running a skiff in this territory requires knowledge and the proper tools for the trade. Trim tabs help anglers jump up on plane in shallow water when performing the spin maneuver. Otherwise, getting on plane would be impossible without damaging the bottom. The 180 Pro features 9″ x 9″ Lenco edge mount SS tabs and a rocker switch on the console for instant response and precise control. Manufactured from 12-gauge laser cut 304 stainless steel with a 5/8″ flared trailing edge and fast response electric actuators, these trim tabs will get you up in a hurry and last the lifetime of your vessel. Lenco Marine, lencomarine.com

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