By Jeanne Craig
Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge: Celebrity Appeal
Jupiter is causing a buzz with the introduction of their new 41 Sport Bridge, the first Jupiter to include a full fiberglass-enclosed helm deck.
What could outshine boats like the Jupiter 32 FS and the Jupiter 38 Cuddy? The Jupiter 41 Sport Bridge, which I saw at the Miami International Boat Show just as it was being roped off, so the model could be shown to someone with celebrity appeal. As the VIP was whisked away into the cabin, people in the builder’s booth stood around eager for a look at the famous face. But even more people were buzzing about this new model—which had celebrity appeal of its own.
Not only is the 41 the newest flagship from this Florida-based builder of premium sportfishing machines, it’s also the first model with a full fiberglass-enclosed bridge. The addition creates a boat with lines that are a departure for Jupiter, although the 41’s profile would be right at home at a yacht club in Palm Beach. The enclosure also goes a long way toward extending an owner’s fishing season, as it provides the protection needed to keep trolling in all kinds of weather.
|Transom Deadrise||18 degrees|
|Fuel capacity||480 gal.|
|Water capacity||80 gal.|
The 41 is based on Jupiter’s proven deep-V hull that’s made to run at high speeds in offshore conditions while, at the same time, providing a comfortable and dry ride, even when it’s sloppy. The ride is a critical feature of this brand, as the Jupiter customer is not typically a first-time buyer. He’s had many boats, but ultimately, is a professional who has limited time—and needs a platform that will perform in all conditions, as he can’t afford to stay at the dock when the weather isn’t ideal. It’s also worth nothing that Jupiter hulls, which are hand-laid fiberglass, come with a lifetime transferable limited warranty. To keep from banging up that hull and make maneuvering easier around the dock, the options list includes a bow thruster and Yamaha Helm Master joystick controls, which interface with the three Yamaha F350 outboards on the transom.
The 41 comes with a number of fishing features, among them a 60-gallon stand-up livewell and two 90-gallon fishboxes with macerators. While it’s every inch a bluewater platform for hardcore anglers, the 41 can accommodate the cruising needs of a family too, with a nicely appointed cabin that has enough berths to sleep five.
Like all Jupiters, the 41 Sport Bridge can be customized to a degree, but if you like the standard package, it carries a suggested retail price of $599,990. This Sportbridge is one of two new 41s from the builder; an express version is also offered. Either way you choose, however, there’s sure to be as much buzz at your marina as there was at Jupiter’s Miami Boat Show display.
For more information, visit Jupiter Marine.
- Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.