2009 Custom Carolina 62 Hightower

2009 Custom Carolina 62 Hightower

SOLD SOLD Custom Carolina 62’ Convertible Sportfish now for sale located in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is a one of a kind custom sportfish built and designed by Rhodes Yacht Design and Hightower Boatworks of Charleston, South Carolina. With twin Caterpillar C32 Diesels pumping out 1650hp each this impressive Carolina can cruise up to 40 knots and reach speeds nearing 45 knots.  Not only does this power plant produce impressive performance numbers, but it also comes with a Platinum Caterpillar warranty extending to December of 2020.


 Recent Service and Upgrades 2020

  • NEW full Simrad Electronics package. Radar, Autopilot, 16’ Screens
  • NEW Flir infrared camera
  • NEW Cat Display
  • New Fire Boy suppression system
  • New Ice Maker
  • Heat Exchangers and Upgraded After Cooler service just completed 2/2020


Also included is a 11 Rod Release Marine Rocket Launcher and Release Fighting Chair (Not Shown).  


If you’re in the market for a high end Custom Sportfish or you want to be a contender at the Custom Shootout, White Marlin Open, or any other billfish invitational then this vessel should be on your short list.

Showings are by appointment only!

  • Detailed Specifications

    Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:



    LOA: 62 ft 0 in
    Beam: 16 ft 10 in
    Maximum Draft: 5 ft 0 in
    Deadrise: 9 ° at Transom
    Dry Weight: 70000 lbs



    Engine 1:
    Engine Brand: Caterpillar
    Year Built: 2008
    Engine Model: C32
    Engine Type: Inboard
    Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
    Location: Starboard
    Engine Hours: 4044
    Drive Type: Direct Drive
    Engine Power: 1650 HP

    Engine 2:
    Engine Brand: Caterpillar
    Year Built: 2008
    Engine Model: C32
    Engine Type: Inboard
    Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
    Location: Port
    Engine Hours: 3959
    Drive Type: Direct Drive
    Engine Power: 1650 HP



    Fresh Water Tanks: (225 Gallons)
    Fuel Tanks: (1550 Gallons)



    • Push button air actuated entry door
    • Solid walnut & teak entry door w/tempered safety glass panel
    • C-shaped sofa w/custom Ultra Leather cushions
    • Solid walnut headliner beam grid
    • Solid walnut valance
    • Solid olive burl/walnut overlay doors throughout
    • Custom walnut CNC routed HVAC vents
    • Overhead recessed Xenon lighting w/dimmers
    • Indirect 24V courtesy lighting throughout
    • Carpet
    • Full canvas carpet runners
    • Deluxe backlit blinds
    • 37" LG HDTV with a Bluetooth ready sound bar
    • Main Paneltronics electrical panel
    • Chilled water A/C and heat (36,000 BTU) shared with mezzanine


    Galley / Dinette

    • Walnut & maple hardwood floor
    • Corian countertops
    • (2) Sub-Zero refrigerator units
    • (2) Sub-Zero freezer units
    • Cusinart convection oven microwave
    • Kenyon 2-burner electric stove top
    • Dining settee w/olive burl/walnut high gloss table


    Master Stateroom

    • Queen berth with storage beneath
    • Custom mattress
    • Custom linens
    • Carpet
    • Cedar-lined hanging locker
    • High-gloss walnut/olive burl counters
    • Felt-lined cabinet storage
    • Computer desk
    • Curved storage compartments above berth
    • Changing seat with 3" cushion and drawer
    • LED closet lighting
    • Overhead Xenon lighting-recessed in ceiling
    • Indirect 24V courtesy lighting
    • (2) Reading lights overhead with separate switches
    • Wall mounted 19" flatscreen TV
    • Shams & decorative throw pillows


    Master Head

    • Curved walnut countertops and lower cabinetry
    • Stainless steel sink
    • Corian countertop
    • Mosaic tile flooring
    • Custom shower door
    • Kohler plumbing fixtures
    • Mirrored medicine cabinet
    • Exhaust fan
    • Overhead recessed multi-directional lighting
    • Large custom shower w/Awlgrip yacht finish
    • Headhunter toilet
    • Wall covering


    Guest Stateroom

    • Centerline queen berth w/storage under
    • (2) Cedar-lined hanging lockers
    • Solid walnut stairs
    • Wall mounted 19" flat screen TV
    • Overhead storage
    • High-gloss olive burl nightstands
    • Overhead recessed Xenon lighting
    • Indirect 24V courtesy lights
    • LED Reading lights overhead w/separate switches
    • LED closet lighting


    Guest Head

    • Corian countertop
    • Mosaic tile flooring
    • Shower w/custom shower door
    • Stainless steel sink
    • Kohler plumbing fixtures
    • Mirrored medicine cabinet
    • Exhaust fan
    • Headhunter toilet


    Companionway / Crew Bunks

    • Hardwood stairs w/storage underneath w/air piston lifts
    • Olive burl/walnut wainscoting w/chair rails
    • Bilge access
    • Custom olive burl panel doors w/arched top and curved rails
    • Wall covering
    • Overhead recessed Xenon lighting
    • Over/under 36" wide bunks
    • Wall mounted 19" flat screen TV
    • Felt-lined rod stowage
    • Linen storage
    • Bosch full size washer & dryer
    • Walnut louvered doors



    • A/C Helm station
    • Custom teak helm pod
    • Palm Beach Style Controls
    • Electronic trolling valves
    • Custom bilge pump high water alarm and indicator panel
    • (2) Release Marine helm chairs
    • Bridge seating for 8
    • Edson stainless steel steering wheel
    • Overhead electronics box above helm in hardtop
    • Large console w/ample working space and storage
    • Storage below all seats
    • Water maker & ice chipper controls on the flybridge
    • (2) Electric teaser reels in hardtop
    • Lenco Trim Tab switches with indicators
    • Full Isinglass enclosure



    • (2) Furuno NavNet 12.1 LCD 3D marine monitors
    • NavNet MFD processor
    • NavNet Sirius satellite weather receiver
    • Furuno RD30 remote digital depth & data display
    • Furuno DFF3 Network Depth Sounder Module 50khz & 200 khz transducers
    • CAT engine displays
    • Garmin 741 touch screen chart plotter (overhead)
    • NavNet digital radar, 12kW, 72 NM, 6' array
    • Dedicated interswitch hub for NavNet 3D
    • Furuno autopilot w/heading sensor
    • (2) Icom VHF's
    • Fusion MSIP600
    • Sirius satellite radio
    • Infinity cockpit coaxial speaker system
    • KVH Satellite TV receiver
    • ACR Spotlight



    • A/C Mezzanine
    • Mezzanine sofa
    • (2) Large refrigerated & Chiller boxes
    • Large shade overhang
    • Large under seat storage and tackle storage area
    • Custom ladder to flybridge
    • Flush mount speakers
    • 7 Color LED lighting
    • Teak cockpit deck & covering boards
    • Transom fish box
    • Tuna door
    • 50 Amp shore power
    • 12V & 24V outlets
    • Freshwater & saltwater wash down



    • 21.5 kW Caterpillar generator
    • 24V DC ships service
    • 12/24V DC power supply
    • 110V outlets in engine room
    • Anchor light/navigation lights
    • Batteries
    • Dolphin battery charger
    • 50 AMP shore power service
    • 120V receptacles throughout
    • Electrical control panel in salon
    • (2) Underwater lights


    Fishing Equipment

    • Release fighting chair w/rocket launcher tray backrest
    • Tackle storage area
    • Rupp outriggers and center rigger
    • Transom fish box
    • Eskimo ice machine w/discharge into transom fish box
    • Custom Carolina Towers hardtop
    • Gaff & deck brush storage under covering boards


    Engine Room/Mechanical

    • (2) Caterpillar C-32 1650 HP diesel engines
    • Extended Caterpillar Platinum engine warranty until 12/2020
    • 21.5kW Caterpillar generator
    • 5' 9" Headroom
    • Sea Recovery Aqua Matic water maker w/flushing system (900 GPD)
    • (2) Cruisair chilled water tempering units (2 X 36,000 BTU)
    • Fuel transfer pump
    • Bilge pumps
    • Headhunter head system
    • CAT engine room gauge package
    • Start/stop switches
    • Fireboy fire system
    • VonWidmann integral underwater exhaust
    • Oil changing system
    • Power assist hydraulic steering
    • Veem Interceptor propellers
    • Custom stainless steel rudders
    • Dual Racor fuel filters for main engines and generator


    Marlin Magazines Boat Review


    When Charleston, South Carolina-based construction contractor and lifelong fisherman Jimmy Hightower and his brothers decided to start building boats, they tapped the talents of well-known yacht designer Jesse Rhodes. This complementary collaboration resulted in the Hightower 62, a sleek, clean, curvy Carolina-flared sport-fishing machine sure to end up on the short list of anyone looking for a custom boat.


    On the day of our test ride, the entrance to Charleston Harbor showed its snotty side thanks to an autumnal low-pressure system swirling offshore. The wind, out of the southeast at a stiff 20-plus knots, pushed five- to seven-foot seas right up through the channel jetties. As the turbos on the big CAT diesels spooled up, the boat seemed eager to show off, coming up onto plane smartly with real "hold-on-tight" acceleration. With twin 1,650 hp CATs, the Hightower claims a 40-knot cruising speed.


    Turning proved tight and crisp, and at all speeds she took the head and quartering seas in stride with absolutely no pounding. At test time, Hightower hadn't completed the flybridge enclosure, but thanks to her Carolina flare, spray only reached us when the wind came directly abeam. As we ran back inshore through the troughs, the boat refused to wallow, and in the confines of the harbor, she backed down well with very little rumbling cavitation that's so commonly felt on many sport-fishing convertibles.


    Rhodes wanted the Hightower 62 to exude a smooth look and feel, so you'll find no hard corners; just a seemingly natural flow to all lines and angles. Interestingly, Rhodes located the helm pod to port and provided ample bench seating both to starboard and in front of the console. Although the Furuno displays mount directly in front of the helmsman, the NavNet controls hide in the pop-up console just to the left, and, I might add, at an ergonomically comfortable level for convenient operation. Another thoughtful touch: equipping the flybridge with its own isolated battery, so even in the case of catastrophic power loss, the navigation electronics stay powered up. I also found excellent visibility back to the cockpit.


    The uncluttered cockpit - a bit larger than average for a boat this size - boasts 162 square feet, plus the mezzanine seating area. Hightower locates coolers and freezers in the mezzanine level, and the Eskimo icemaker dumps into the oversized transom fish box.


    Finished out in burled olive and ash, cabinets in the salon and galley areas conceal everything from the flat-screen TV to the coffee maker. As on the flybridge, you won't find any hard corners. Even the doors to the staterooms curve on top and camber slightly outward. This boat's layout places the owner's stateroom to starboard amidships at the foot of the companionway and cabin with twin bunks to port - a third stateroom sits forward. Of special note are the large sizes of the shower stalls, especially in the owner's suite.


    The engine room puts a priority on making all components and systems readily accessible. The engine oil-change pump, located in the vestibule area between the cockpit and engine room, makes a potentially dirty operation easy and clean. The boat also incorporates an advanced Von Widmann underwater exhaust system, attenuating what little exhaust odor and noise the common-rail CAT diesels emit and providing the ideal back pressure for optimum performance.


    Hightower cold-molds its hulls with the superstructure consisting of a combination of wood and closed-cell foam-core composite. Thanks to the insulation of every panel in the boat's construction, the boat just "feels" exceptionally quiet - even when under way. Hightower pays equal attention to finishing details.


    All in all, the Hightower brothers and Jesse Rhodes hit one out of the park with this first-off 62, entering the upper echelon of custom boat builders.


    Jesse Rhodes-Rhodes Yacht Design


    With a diploma in Yacht Design from The Landing School and Bachelors in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State, the start of Rhodes career began at Shearline Boat works in North Carolina. While working with Shearline Boatoworks Rhodes took on the job with Jimmy Hightower of Hightower Contractors to design and build one of the most incredible boats we’ve seen yet. The collaboration between the two well-known individuals resulted in what you see here today, the 62 Hightower Convertible. With his feet planted firmly in the Custom Carolina boatbuilding industry Rhodes is still designing boats for Scarborough Boatworks, Winter Yachts, Freeman Boatworks and more. http://www.rhodesyachtdesign.com/

  • Broker

    Broker: Jonathan Bond

    Email: jbond@bondyachtsales.com

    Phone: 407-873-5740