A mainstay of the Stuart, Florida sportfishing scene for almost a century, Whiticar Boat Works are world-renowned for the quality of their boat building and boat maintenance services. A builder of fully-custom tournament-ready sport-fishing vessels ranging from 33 to 90 feet in length, Whiticar has remained in family ownership since the day they were founded.
While the Whiticar family originally moved to Stuart, Florida in 1917 in order to make a living fishing, they ended up staying to build boats. Over a century ago the waters off this part of the Florida coast were so abundantly stocked with marine life that families could make a good income line-fishing from a single, wooden-hulled boat. Yet by the early 1930s, and the emergence of commercial net fishing utilising large trawlers, this was no longer possible. So the Whiticars, led by son G. Curtis Whiticar, decided to try their hand at boatbuilding. Curtis built his first boat aged just 14 years old, and hand-crafted his first 33-foot single screw boat a mere nine years later. In 1938 he built his first vessel for a private client, his brother Addison, and was soon inundated with orders from sportfishermen around Stuart who wanted their own Whiticar yacht.
By 1947 the Whiticar brand was so busy fulfilling orders for their boats that they moved to a new and much larger facility on the banks of the St Lucie River, a location that still serves as the firm’s headquarters to this day. The first vessel to be built at this new boatyard was the 38 foot “Hobo”, a Chrysler-powered sportfishing yacht that proved to be one of the quickest ever seen in that part of the world. In 1949 Curtis asked his brother-in-law, John Dragseth, to help run the company, and to this day it is Curtis and John’s descendants who still own and operate the firm.
By the late 1950s Whiticar was constructing tournament-ready sportfishing yachts up to 90 feet in length that were so well built that some are still in service today. The firm’s boat maintenance services also flourished, with local owners and firms turning to Whiticar for their expertise, work ethic, honesty and attention to detail. These values have endured into the 21st century, making Whiticar a central pillar of the Stuart, Florida boating scene, a community that is rightfully known as the World Capital of Sportfishing.
Down the years Whiticar have kept abreast of changes in the sportfishing world, refining designs and introducing innovations in order to give their boats an edge over the competition. Buyers can expect to find Jack Hopewell tuna towers, cold-molded mahogany strip hulls, teak-lined cockpits, custom fighting chairs, multiple outriggers and more aboard their Whiticar yacht. Their vessels have also won countless fishing tournaments down the decades, including the 2014 Bahamas Billfish Championships and the 2019 Rob Tennille Masonboro Inlet Sportfishing Tournament. Whiticar yachts are so dependable and adaptable that they have even been used by conservation and research bodies such as the Costeau Society and the University of Miami’s School of Marine Science to track migrating marine life.
2016 saw a bold, new venture for Whiticar when they partnered with Garlington Landeweer to create a new line of custom blue-water sportfishing yachts with an updated design and a luxurious finish. The first new yacht to be launched was a 72-foot convertible composite-hull yacht with Whiticar’s recognisable classic lines and a modernized hull bottom.
This new template model, a collaborative effort from Whiticar and Garlington Landeweer, is a 72 foot fishing machine. Naval architect Erwin Gerard has provided the engineering expertise required to ensure this vessel is both lightweight and seaworthy, introducing a new and wider beam of more than 20 feet. The yacht makes use of the latest in 3d software and fully composite construction for an improved manufacturing time of only 24 months from order to delivery. This yacht comes with either an open or enclosed cockpit console as well as an impressive tuna tower and an engine plan that can be chosen by the buyer. An incredible four staterooms below deck, each with en suite facilities, means this is the perfect yacht for group fishing expeditions out on the blue waters of the Atlantic and beyond.
56 Whiticar “Picasso”
One of the finest yachts ever built by Whiticar, the “Picasso” is a 56-foot model dating from 2001 that is as artful as the Spanish painter it is named for. The interior spaces designed by Sam Rowell and Ted Black are some of the most lavish ever completed by Whiticar, with varnished teak surfaces all coming from a single tree. Scallop shell handles and solid brass fixtures are used consistently throughout, while ebony inlay accents, backlit mirrors and bevelled edges provide a crisp finish and sedate atmosphere. Yet despite the luxury the “Picasso” is at heart still a sportfishing boat, and features only the very finest equipment for the serious angler and competitive fisherman. A deluxe fighting chair upholstered in white leather and fitted to the deck with a sturdy stainless steel bar crowns the spacious, teak-lined aft deck, while a Jack Hopewell tuna tower will stand up to the fiercest billfish you are ever likely to encounter. No space aboard this vessel goes to waste, with plenty of rod and tackle storage, baitwells and an Eskimo ice box all neatly hidden in side-walls and underneath outdoor seating. A reduced keel depth, narrow chine beam and a pair of Detroit diesel engines ensures that this is a nimble and quick vessel with top speeds of up to 35 knots. A mahogany planked hull is reinforced with Kevlar, epoxy resin and fibreglass cloth for increased integrity out at sea, while stem, chine and keel are crafted from robust laminated fir. With such exquisite design married to unbeatable performance, it is no wonder that this is one of the most prized fishing vessels in the United States.
76 Whiticar “Boomer”
This 76-foot custom model from 2005 is a high performance, tournament-ready fishing yacht with cruising speeds of up to 30 knots that has been fitted with Seakeeper 26 stabilizers for a smooth ride. Helm controls are situated in a raised cockpit for greater visibility, while a lofty tuna tower provides a superb platform for chasing down the world’s largest and feistiest Bluefin Tuna. A spacious, teak-lined aft deck is fitted with a Release Marine fighting chair, plenty of equipment storage and is large enough to land your prize marlins and other pelagic catches. The spacious salon is decked out with leather, L-shaped sofas while the galley boasts a full-sized kitchen. Below deck there is a teak-lined master stateroom with an en-suite bathroom, as well as a roomy guest berth for a total occupancy of 4.
48 Whiticar “Tabasco”
A custom yacht from 1979, the 48 foot “Tabasco” yacht was fully refitted by Whiticar in 2004 to enable this vintage model to stay afloat for decades to come. Powered by twin Cummins common rail engines for top speeds of up to 29 knots, this sportfishing yacht boasts the latest modern equipment such as Furuno radar and autopilot, Bennett trim tabs and Glendinning electronic controls. Built for competitive fishing, this vessel is fitted with a bespoke Murray Bros fighting chair, Rupp outriggers, Scopinich helm chairs, Lee rod holders and much more for the ultimate fishing experience. Two master suites below deck provide plenty of room for overnight rest when embarking on longer chases, while galley and salon come fitted with a teak bar console, tan Berber carpeting, L-shaped leather sofa and full kitchenette with Corian countertops. With four decades of service already, and a good-as-new refit, the “Tabasco” is a testament to Whiticar’s exceptional craftsmanship and durability.
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