By Dean Travis Clarke
A venerable marquee boatbuilding name with a history almost as well-known as the town for which it's named, Egg Harbor has built fine sportfishing yachts in New Jersey for 50 years. And New Jersey boats have to meet pretty rigorous requirements: They take you some 80 to 120 miles out to the canyons, fish all day and return you safely, often in less-than-ideal conditions. Believe me, TowBoatUS really doesn't want to come get you when you're out that far. On Jersey boats, reliability is key and comfort is demanded.
The Egg Harbor 50 comes from the design tables of Micheal Peters in Sarasota, Florida. Peters, with more than 20 years of successful naval architecture under his belt, built his reputation on racing powerboats, garnering five world championships, 12 world records, 21 national championships and over 100 international Class 1 wins. As a result of these worldwide successes, Peters took home the E.C. Kiekhaefer Memorial Award for technical advancement and innovation in the field of offshore powerboat racing. So you know that the Egg Harbor 50 isn't likely to be a tortoise. More recently, Peters has delved into the design of luxury yachts with equal success, and he has won numerous awards for Most Innovation Yacht Design.
Egg Harbor builds its hull using solid fiberglass, while all other components use a mixture of fiberglass and closed-cell foam coring for strength with less weight. Using coring in decks, cabins and the bridge significantly lowers the center of gravity, making a stable boat.
The spacious flybridge feature a centerline helm station with a varnished Palm Beach steering pod, single-lever controls, built-in synchronizer and power-assist steering that makes turning a one-finger affair.
Below the waterline, Egg Harbor builds solid hulls sporting manganese-bronze struts and nibral props attached to dripless shaft logs. Egg Harbor groups and bonds each boat to a dynaplate in the hull bottom - an optional or special request feature from many other companies.
All one need do to make this Egg Harbor 50 truly "tournament ready" is to add outriggers. The cockpit already spots a large fish box with a macerator, a recirculation livewell, in-gunwale rod holders, a bait-prep and tackle-rigging center and a transom door. You'll also find both fresh and saltwater washdowns and shoreside water inlet. This 50 offers a traditional salon layout, though the L-shaped settee extends all the way across beneath the cockpit window. It hides copious storage inside, too. Another feature Egg does differently is the dinette. It's actually large enough to seat four or five people comfortably, though because of its increased size, you won't have room for an occasional chair anywhere.
Egg Harbor also does a masterful job of soundproofing the engine compartment both internally and in the salon, where the company adds special sound-reduction padding beneath the carpeting.
The galley on the foward-port side gets custom flooring, undercounter refrigerator/freezer drawers, loads of well-designed storage,
including special dish-storage lockers, and a two-burner electric stove.
Several steps down leads to luxurious staterooms with high-gloss varnished joinerwork and
for six. A small cabin to starboard provides over/under single berths, while the massive master stateroom opposite boasts a fore-and-aft queen sized island berth, along with its own private head and a
shower stall. The last two guests get the bow, which in this case sports an obliquely situated double berth on the
Egg Harbor represents one of those quiet companies that continues to build and sell boats - almost in the background - without a lot of Sturm and Drang. The company has a very loyal following that appreciates the reliable and steady quality they've come to know and expect.