Affinity Yachts 90' Luxury SportfishYour Wife Called. She Said it's OK to Buy This Boat! by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy & Carl Camper Affinity’s showy new yacht-sportfish arrives with an aura of genteel self-assurance, sporting top-notch features and confidence. She brings a fresh new page to big-time Tournament Fishing that has rarely been touched upon, to this extent. She signifies, like many other advances: evolution is essential to industry growth. Enter, the Lady of the House! Sleek and stylish, Affinity struts with an upper-class credence, a dashing élan. Designed to compete in the topmost fishing ranks, she will also outmaneuver her competition in individual presentation; that is, she will persuade the Lady of the House that she fits perfectly into the sportfishing family equation. There was a time when tournament fishing paraded a bare-chested, mano-a-mano label; where top-notch contest anglers were well-to-do executives who craved competition. Tournament sportfishing yachts centered around 35’ to 45’, with an occasional “huge” 60-footer. Their crews were dedicated, hard-bitten sailors; proudly showing off multiple scars on their gnarly hands, from wire leaders while horsing in the ‘big-uns’. Captains were – and continue to be – tourney professionals who record every catch, exact points in the ocean – lat/long/date/hour/GPS –where big fish were caught, and when. Since various species tend to repeat migratory patterns, their records ultimately predict the most likely places to gun for winning fish in next year’s competitions. Yet, the Lady of the House rarely attended; except for the lavish champagne-tuxedo parties where trophies were awarded, declaring who was the greatest angler of them all in a particular tourney; where one winner rose above Lawyers, Senators, Top Execs, Rich Men. Those are the prized moments tourney guys relish most of all. To the victor, guts and glory. Yet, as that era has evolved, times and traditions have modulated. With the latest amenities – particularly new, attractive and comfortable designs – Ladies are pleased to enter a full, active part in angling tournaments; but, in a relevant, upscale yacht. Affinity, combining the flash and competence of a tournament-winning sportfish, with the cruising/entertainment value of a dedicated megayacht, meets those criteria. Showy, luxurious, capable, as she makes her grand entrance; the Ladies will applaud!