Lahaina, Maui
Phone 1-808-214-8510



59.5 lb. bull mahi mahi


Captain David Hudson's "Finest Kind" is a Tournament Equipped Classic 37 foot Merritt, Fast and comfortable. Equipped with live bait wells. We fish with live bait, dead bait, strip bait and lures. Whatever will work in a given situation on a given day.

Finest Kind is Tournament equipped with Gold Shimano Tiagra 2 speed reels and Penn International reels, from the light, to the big 130's.

Finest Kind  is a 37’ Merritt built in 1964 by Buddy Merritt himself. He called the 37 “THE PERFECT FISHING BOAT” and built her with one purpose in mind…to raise and catch fish. Since hull number 12 was launched she has been meticulously restored and repowered with twin 350 hp Yanmar Diesels giving her a 24 knot cruising speed.

Hosting up to six anglers, Finest Kind  is the Queen of the fleet. Set up in the classic day boat style, that means plenty of comfortable seating in the shade but not out of the action. Finest Kind ’s open teak cockpit and clean wake make her truly a “World Class” fishing machine. Her ability to back down at high speeds and spin on a dime make catching doubles, triples and quads seem easy. The combination of it all makes her the ultimate marlin fishing boat!

The Finest Kind was the top boat in 2010 with six Ahi (tuna) over 100 pounds, totaling 790.4 pounds. It weighed the largest of the year at 164.3 pounds, along with a 158.3 (the third largest) with Co-Capt. Chad Leonillo and crewman Jimmy Francis.

Finest Kind Dry Dock 2008

Merritt History

Harbor Reports

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