Boat Reviews

63 Scarborough – Boat Review

LOA: 60'6" Beam: 17'6" Draft: 5'6" Disp.: 74,000 lb. w/fuel and water Fuel: 1,600 gal. Water: 250 gal. Power: Twin 1,550 hp MAN V12 diesels

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If there’s one thing I enjoy more than testing a new Scarborough boat, it’s fishing one, so the drive to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to meet owner Mike Standing was filled with anticipation. Waterman is everything you expect from a Scarborough and more, and the next day was perfect for getting to know her.

Before we left the dock at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, another guest, Ricky Scarborough Jr., showed up to spend the day with us. We had relatively calm seas at the start of our run to Norfolk Canyon, but the radar showed some nasty squalls ahead. We dodged the storm clouds until we finally broke through into the sun. We fished a single dredge, a pair of squid-chain teasers and four dink ballyhoo. The morning was slow as the seas built, but you never would have known it the way the boat handled with just a little help from the Seakeeper gyro. In the afternoon, Standing found some clean blue water and quickly ran over a pair of white marlin that showed on the Garmin chirp sonar. “I just marked two — get ready,” he yelled from the bridge. A minute later, we were fastened to a doubleheader. Standing is an experienced captain and former waterman turned restaurateur, if the name of the boat hadn’t given that away. He knew just how to use the boat to its best advantage as he followed the two acrobatic billfish.

On the way back, the winds picked up and the seas built around some massive storm clouds on the leading edge of Hurricane Hermine. The ride was fast and soft, though, even if we did have some moments of apprehension when lightning sparked around us during the run through nasty thunderheads.

General Appearance

63 Scarborough Waterman

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Waterman is a head-turner, with a proud bow that slopes gracefully to the rear of the house before converging with the teak cockpit covering boards. A hard feature line runs at cockpit height forward to slightly short of the bow; a second one about a foot above the waterline extends forward from the transom to right below the engine-room vents. Together, they accent the boat’s beautiful curves.

General Appearance

Overhead plans of 63 Scarborough

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The foredeck and house are bright white, with a teak toe rail at deck height and a teak cabin trim rail that sets off the flybridge from the house. The hardtop is sized perfectly to blend with the overall rake of the boat, and the covering boards and sole are teak. The hull is a custom color Alexseal mixed for Standing and his wife, Mariah, which matches nicely with the faux-teak transom and the Waterman name in bold gold-leaf ­lettering. She’s one classy lady.

Minimalist Cockpit

The large cockpit is a study in minimalism

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The large cockpit is a study in minimalism, a place where serious fishermen go about their business, with space enhanced by the mezzanine deck bowed forward and the transom bowed aft. The large stainless-steel-lined transom box is insulated and plumbed to double as a kill box or livewell. The deeply recessed toe kicks are welcome when fighting fish.

Fighting Chair

The large cockpit is a study in minimalism

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The mezzanine couch is done in a dark tan color, with food and bait freezers under the cushions. A large drink box is to port, with a large bait box between that and the engine-room access door, in addition to a massive icebox to starboard fed by a 1,000-pound Dometic ice maker. The cabinet tucked behind the bridge ladder is home to an electric grill; the hot andouille sausage sandwiches we had for lunch attested to its effectiveness.

Cockpit From Above

There are no deck hatches in the cockpit

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There are no deck hatches in the cockpit. Scarborough explained that it keeps the lazarette and bilge area clean and dry while providing more room below. If you want in-deck fish boxes, he can do that too.

Salon

Enter the salon and you’re struck by the rich teak and granite.

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Enter the salon and you’re struck by the rich teak and granite, complemented by sand-colored upholstery and set off by an ultra-suede headliner, without a switch plate or electric socket in sight — all are cleverly hidden in drawers. The Cristallo granite on the countertops and backsplash looks like polished marble. There are two settees: one running up the starboard-side to the dinette, the other L-shaped along the aft bulkhead and up the port side. The bases lift to reveal large, well-organized storage space for tackle and gear. Two swivel stools and seating for four are ideal for dinner or drinks.

Galley

The well-appointed galley.

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The galley is well-equipped with a microwave/convection oven, four U-Line refrigerator/freezer drawers and loads of storage. Standing had a custom serving area for making drinks that included glass holders and a sink/ice bucket that is beautiful and functional, which we found out on the ride back from fishing.

Three Staterooms

The Master Stateroom.

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The living arrangements include three staterooms and two and a half baths, all in teak and granite.

The Master Stateroom

The Master Stateroom.

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The master stateroom includes a walk-in hanging closet, three sets of clothes drawers in the bed base, large cabinets on either side of the headboard and nightstands with more drawers.

Efficiency And Luxury

The Master Stateroom.

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A desk is opposite the bed with a large mirror above, but there isn’t a television in sight until you flip the remote and realize that the mirror is the TV.