This Beautiful Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher (Hull #92) is a Rare East Opportunity to own one of the Legendary Tom Fexas designed Pacific Long Range Tuna Boats. Twin Cummins QSB8.3 600hp inboard V-Drive engines provide incredible Long Range Cruising capability at 1200 rpm, or a 22 kt cruise at 2600 rpm burning only 44 gph. Bow Thruster for stress-free docking. The optional stairway up to the Bridge is a Great Feature. Onan 13.5kw Diesel Generator in a sound shield, Garmin HD Navigation Equipment, Huge Flying Bridge with amazing seating and layout. Voluminuos interior layout, tons of storage space and an Amazing use of space. Davit on the bow for carrying a tender. Top loading Deep Freezer, Onboard laundry, plus more.
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A molded-in 8 step stairway, with Teak Treads, make getting to the Flying Bridge very easy, in any type of sea conditions.
The Salon is Very Wide, bathed in Natural light from all of the front side and rear windows (all slightly tinted to cut down on the heat gain). There are pull down shades for the side windows. The Galley is located aft, with a Full-Size Refrigerator/Freezer, Granite counter tops and Upscale appliances. Leather Upholstery for the opposing sofas, flat screen TV in the stbd aft corner, Bose Surround Speakers with Sub. (2) zones of Heat/Air Conditioning for the Salon, PLUS a "Basement" space.
Easy access to this Surprisingly Large Storage and Mechanical space. Lift up the second step as you go down from the Salon into the Lower Accommodations Space to get into the Basement.
Located at the bottom of the companionway stairs, on the stbd side you will find the Guest Head.
Across the hall from the Guest Head you will find the Guest Stateroom. With a sliding "Pocket Door" for privacy, you will find a Cherry Pedestal and Cabinetry, overhead lighting and hull side windows.
Located forward in the boat you will find the Master Stateroom. Adorned with Beautiful Teak Cabinetry, mirrored headboard with overhead lighting and subtle courtesy lighting.
Ensuite Head and Shower: located on the Stbd side of the Master Stateroom you will find this space.
Easily accessed by way of three large deck hatches. Two of these hatches are very large and open via Electrical Rams with individual switches.
Mikelson has delivered well over seventy-five of these custom built, Fexas designed sportfishers since the models introduction in 1988. Boasting an exceptionally wide beam, huge flybridge with aft tournament station, and a luxurious fit second to none, the Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher has raised the bar in West-Coast sportfishing.Powered with twin QSC-600 "Common Rail" Cummins diesels, running on a highly efficient Tom Fexas hull and holding 1,000 gallons of fuel, the Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher is a serious fishing machine with the cruise-ability of a long-range motoryacht. The optional flybridge staircase access (in lieu of a ladder) make the giant flybridge far more accessible and much easier on the knees. Available in 2 or 3 stateroom layouts, the Mikelson 50 Luxury Sportfisher has revolutionized boat building and become the ultimate fish/cruise vessel.
RPM Kts GPH Range
610 4.3 1 3870
900 6.2 2.2 2536
1200 8.0 4.4 1636
1500 9.6 9.5 909
1800 10.9 18.3 536
2100 14.5 28.0 466
2400 18.9 37.1 456
2700 22.5 48.2 420
3000 25.6 65.0 354
It’s hard not to see a smattering of another famous Fexas design—the Midnight Lace—within the profile of the Mikelson M50. The frameless windows and flared bow have pleasing similarities to the Lace.
“Our primary market for Mikelson Yachts is anglers requiring long-range capabilities; about 70 percent of our customers are previous owners,” said vice president Patrick Sullivan.
Originally the Sportfisher was sold as a 48 Sedan, evolving into a 50 with hull number 19. In the 1990s, the hull mold was redesigned and the integral swim platform deleted.
“Usually conditions on the trip north have us running into a horrible 5-foot, head-sea chop,” said Mikelson Captain Paul Fecteau, describing the typical 850-mile or so run back from Cabo San Lucas. “Many larger boats with hard chines and flatter bottoms can’t make the speed we can on this 50-footer.”
The solid ride is the result of the hull design as well as the placement of the engines and fuel tanks. V-drives allow Mikelson to mount the engines under the cockpit sole. Our test boat had a pair of the now-standard 600-horsepower Cummins QSC 8.3 engines. The common-rail diesels and the Centek underwater exhausts—with search-tube design and idle by-pass—provide a quiet and smoke-free environment.
The engines are accessible via a centerline day-hatch in the cockpit sole and, when needed, two huge, 12-volt activated hatches expose the entire diamond-plated engine room. The optional watermaker and air compressor for refilling dive tanks are housed here as well. A bank of fuel/water separators are on the forward engine room bulkhead.
Three fuel tanks, a large one on centerline and two others outboard, are situated deep in the hull, creating a low center of gravity. A manifold system allows the engines to draw and return from/to any tank; the tanks are cross-connected and gravity-fed. The 1,000-gallon capacity provides an impressive range, approximately 900 miles at 9.6 knots and 450 at close to 19 knots.
Fecteau eased the M50 out of her slip without even contemplating touching the bow thruster toggle switch. As we passed a large channel marker in San Diego Harbor, it was quiet enough on the bridge to hear barking harbor seals vying for a position in the sun.
Behind the gelcoat facade is a weight-saving, Divinycell-cored hull. The bulkheads are constructed of marine ply and the stringers of foam-cored fiberglass; both heavily built. It was easy to feel her rigid construction and seakeeping capabilities even in calm seas. The bow lifted slightly as we powered from idle to wide-open throttle. She planed off at 2100 rpm and found her comfort zone at 2600. At that rpm the engines were at 75-percent load, fuel burn was 44 gallons per hour, and the GPS displayed 22 knots.
The 50-footer truly impressed in a simulated fish-fighting exercise. She proved nimble, quick, and vibration-free when backing down, and was equally impressive spinning in slightly more than one boat length.
It’s an easy climb—via six molded-in steps—to the full-beam flying bridge. The console is huge with sufficient space for large screen displays. All of the remotes, switches, breaker panel toggles, and gauges are unencumbered. Air conditioning is optional, as are the Stidd helm chairs. A semi-circlular settee with table, a small sink portside behind the Venturi windshield, a chart flat, and a refrigerator are all nice cruising features. There is an aft station on the bridge, maybe a little overkill since there is also a cockpit station and tower controls.
The marlin tower is accessed through a hatch in the hardtop and is a great perch for spotting bustin’ fish. Lee double-spreader outriggers are affixed to the bridge sides. A 12-station rocket launcher holds plenty of weapons.
The M50 Sportfisher doesn’t taper aft so the cockpit is full beam. It takes a little time to get used to the height of the sole off the water due to the clearance necessary for the engines below. But in short order, the high freeboard actually had a nice secure feel to it.
The cockpit is all West Coast-style. Rails are constructed of stainless steel, rather than aluminum. It’s a sharp look. The baitwells are large capacity, lighted with windows. The fishboxes were minimal on hull 88; however, the boxes can be expanded and chilled on this semi-custom boat. A hanging locker to port can be customized for additional rod stowage or a dayhead. The transom door opens to a platform secured by a waist-high rail, perfect for fighting a fish under the right conditions and on/off access for dive enthusiasts.
The side decks are snug, yet very secure—nonskid underfoot and tall rails and handholds make the trek forward in most seas comfortable. The optional bow pulpit with rail is pitch-bait heaven; it’s rock solid, no springy, diving-board construction here. The windlass is mounted below a hatch to keep the bow obstruction-free. The lower position of the anchor rode makes for better anchoring, according to Sullivan.
The M50 is user-friendly from bow to stern and in between. The cockpit door opens into a huge cherry-finished saloon, the size of which is not usually found on a 50-footer. The boat’s near 17-foot beam becomes very apparent here. Mikelson used a satin finish on the flat surfaces and high-gloss finishes on the joinery caps; the look crisply accents the quality workmanship.
Behind the first cabinet door to starboard are various gauges and stop/starts for the watermaker, genset, satellite TV, tank tender, and inverter. This is smart positioning for quick access. To port is the aft-located galley, complete with stowage galore for those long offshore runs. And there’s a four-burner Kenyon cooktop that can actually fit four pans, though it had no fiddles. The cored-granite countertops are lightweight, and have sufficient surface area—enough so the builder could eliminate the split matching sink covers.
Cold air flows evenly over the colossal U-shaped dinette and opposite ultra-leather settee via handcrafted valences that are likely to be efficient even in the hottest climes. Light switches are easily found within custom strike plates.
Below a hatch in the saloon sole is a compartment that houses a hot water heater, battery charger, and inverter. It’s here that long-range provisions can be stowed alongside a washer and dryer. There’s plenty of space for separate units. In the saloon proper, there are three overhead hatches in the headliner that provide access to a functional rod locker, not an afterthought. A bevy of 50-pound-class rods (or even larger) could be nicely secured in the fabricated mounts.
The master is forward with a centerline queen, twin hanging lockers, and a private head. Mikelson can accommodate most owner requests for alterations; that’s the beauty of a semi-custom build.
The guest cabin has a unique pullman-style berth that an adult can comfortably fit on. The berth follows the line of the hull and is wider at the head, tapering slightly at the foot.
The bulk of Mikelson Yachts’ production hangs on the left coast. But given my recent experiences onboard the fast, far-ranging, and capable M50 Sportfisher, I think there may be a few East Coasters who’ll be tempted to make that trip through the Panama Canal they always wanted to do.
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