“I always liked the hard chine Canadian boats. I really like the millennium design and this boat is like a little brother to it. I had the opportunity to purchase and saw its potential and went for it. She is laid up lighter and has potential for real speed with bigger power. Maybe someday she will get it!!”
Purple Haze Magna Marine 45′
Interview with the Captain — Blake Alley
About the Boat
Why did you choose to buy a Magna Marine and what else did you consider?
I always liked the hard chine Canadian boats. I really like the millennium design and this boat is like a little brother to it. I had the opportunity to purchase and saw its potential and went for it. She is laid up lighter and has potential for real speed with bigger power. Maybe someday she will get it!!
What boats have you previously owned?
I actually started fishing with the exact same hull design, a 40 foot maramichi fiberglass over wood. I was told it was actually the plug for this hull type originally. This mold has changed hands many times and is now currently made by sampson and hutt brothers in Canada. I ran that boat named “hardcore” for her hardwood core for 8 years with many headaches that come with a glass ovwr wood boat. Next i ran the “F’n A” a 29ft hnh marine, a sound american hull which was solid glass and maybe me a good stepping stone with less maintenance. I then bought the “Angry Andie” a 37 repco, that actually was the number 1 hull built in 1970, a great work boat that i quickly grew out of after 3 seasons. Now i have the magna.
What are the features you like most about your boat?
Great deck space and size for the depth of the boat, still able to go into shallower water and fish offshore gives me more options in my fishery. As far as design her hard chine and flare on the bow goes nice in the coming sea.
That list never ends and evolves with technology. I added a rubber floor that has been a comfort to work on. I completely changed the set up of the boat when I redid her.
What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
Parting with the money for the services!
Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Magna Marine like yours?
Bigger, faster, more power, more, more,more
What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
I always wanted a purple boat named purple haze. My mothers favorite color but its a reference to the jimi hendrix song about his feelings for a woman compared to that of a Hallucinogenic state.
Do you fish recreationally or commercially?
Who first introduced you to fishing/boating?
What’s your favorite game fish (and/or season)?
Halibut fishing is my favorite to eat and catch saltwater, i enjoy ice fishing recreationally no boat needed!
Do you have a most memorable catch (or story from a trip/tournament)?
Had some interesting halibut adventures. Once as a child i went tuna fishing with my father, we had an interesting day, no fish but had a major whale sighting that was awesome.
Advice for less experienced anglers?
Always be open to new information.
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