OWNER AND PRESIDENT
JIM SMITH TOURNAMENT BOATS
John Vance has built Jim Smith Tournament Boats for over 30 years. John worked with Jim Smith for several years before acquiring the company in 1989. Today, John and his crew continue to build sport fishing boats to the highest standards of craftsmanship and innovation, following a tradition that began with the Boca Jima, in 1959.
We continue the legacy and craft of custom built sport fishing boats in Stuart, Florida, one boat at a time.
A traditional build for a modern world.
Cold-molded wood construction has been used successfully in construction of boats since the early 1900's. The technique creates a hull that is extremely strong and lightweight, making it optimal for building fast long-range sport fishing boats. Each boat starts as a clean sheet, with it's own unique hull design, hydrodynamics, interior layout, power, performance, and efficiency. The result is a one-of-a-kind Sport Fishing Yacht built to the highest standards and to meet the owners desires.