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Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 in Boat Reviews, UK, US |

Rampage 41: A Twin Stateroom Express

This sport fishing boat gives you choices.

Most expresses in the 45 and under range have a single stateroom, but Rampage now offers a twin stateroom arrangement, on their 41. In most cases this would result in a very cramped cabin, but Rampage “creates” space belowdecks, to make up for it. How do they do that? Simple; the L-shaped settee on the port side of the cabin goes from a six-seater to a four, and the island galley is pushed forward to the master stateroom bulkhead to open up more floor space in the salon. In the long run, the only real loss is dinette/settee seating space—and how often do you need dinette seating for six on a boat of this size, in the first place?

This Rampage sport fishing boat has many alternatives, making it highly customizable.

This Rampage sport fishing boat has many alternatives, making it highly customizable.

Otherwise, the 41 remains what it always was: a semi-custom sportfisher with an eye on offshore fishing, fishing, and also fishing. Just check out the angling choices this pelagic predator comes with: on the port side of the cockpit, you get to take your pick between an aft-facing seat on a Rigid Frigid cooler; a bait prep station with a sink and tackle station; or a bait prep station with a 120v or 220v freezer. On the starboard side, take your pick between the same choices, so you can mix-and-match cockpit units to custom-design the cockpit as you like. Choices also abound in the transom, where you can opt for a livewell, a livewell fitted with tuna tubes, or a folding transom seat. You’ll even get to pick out the seating arrangement on the helmdeck, with available seating with stowage, double-sided seating, or seating to port and a entertainment center with refrigerator, cook-top, and sink to starboard.

Rod holders in the shower? Another great idea on the Rampage 41.

Rod holders in the shower? Another great idea on the Rampage 41.

The 100 square foot cockpit holds all the features you expect in a sportfisher, including a reinforced fighting chair mounting plate; twin integrated, macerated fishboxes; removable coaming bolsters; LED lighting; seven flush-mounted rodholders; and fresh and raw water washdowns. Good stuff, all, but here’s one little perk I particularly like: the head has standard vertical rodracks in the stand-up shower. This is cool for three reasons. First off, it gives you a place to safely secure your big guns. Secondly, it makes good use of space that’s occupied about one-gazillionth of the time you’re on your boat. And thirdly, you can clip your rods in place as soon as you start running for home and wash them down with freshwater while they sit in their racks, saving clean-up time back at the dock.

What about construction, ride quality, and performance? The addition of a second stateroom certainly won’t affect these attributes, so you can expect this version of the Rampage 41 to live up to the same standards. Check it out at www.rampageyachts.com.

-Lenny Rudow