Heading home after a few hours of sailfishing off Miami Beach on board the custom Paul Mann 77 Full Time, Capt. John Travaline stretched the throttles and the ponies responded: The Garmin screen locked on 44.5 knots. Looking aft, a marriage of blue and white in the pancake-flat wake affirmed that the boat’s modified-V running surface and the 2,600-hp MTU 16V Series 2000 M96Ls were dead nuts on.
Mann is known for his detailed workmanship, which is immediately evident as you enter the salon through the electrically actuated sliding teak door courtesy of Marine Power Doors. Quality builders carefully select the interior woods to match the grain as much as possible, but Mann’s vision is different: Instead of buying sheets of wood, he purchases the trees to ensure that not only the grain matches, but that it carries its character from the ceiling to the floor. Throughout the salon and the galley, the satin-finished teak cabinetry is nothing less than stunning, with solid teak window frames adding more depth and richness.
With this attention to detail throughout the interior it would be easy to overlook the yacht’s true mission: This is a hardcore bluewater fishing machine. At a 34-knot cruise it didn’t take long for us to get a few miles offshore south of Fowey Light in 170 feet of water. The diagonally planked cold-molded hull met the 3- to 5-foot rollers with less fuss than stepping on grapes. Even the occasional 4- to 6-footer was ignored. Mann pointed out the cupped chine contributes much to the boat’s ride, trapping the water and tossing the spray outward while also providing lift. There is a seamless connection between the running surface, engine power and propellers that reveals itself in comfort and confidence and sets the mood for serious fishing.