The Qualifier is a 2010 custom-built 57 ft Paul Mann powered by 2 C-18 Caterpillar engines. The cruise speed is an easy 30 knots. The cabin is luxuriously furnished with air conditioning, microwave, TV, VCR, stereo, CD and is also equipped with the most modern radar, navigation/communication electronics and thermal imaging.
Captain Fin Gaddy began fishing with his family out of Morehead City at the age of 12. In 1983 he caught his first billfish on his fathers boat the Sea Dart with Captain Peter DuBose. For the next five years Fin and Peter fished together aboard the Sea Dart. In 1989 Fin moved to Nags Head and began mating for Captain Hank Beasley aboard the Top Billin, and the Hit N Run. After which he began fishing with Skip Fellar on the Hustler. In 1997 Fin moved to Hatteras and began his own charter operation aboard the Qualifer. In 2003 Fin moved back to Nags Head and began fishing out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Fin has fished locations around the world from Bermuda, to Cape Verde, to Venezuela, and Central America. Last summer Fin became a board member for the Billfish Foundation. The Billfish Foundation (TBF) is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world.