Even Michael Jordan likes to fish (with an 8 million fisherman)!

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Michael Jordan's boat
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Who would have guessed that Michel Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players ever, was also an avid fisherman? Imagine being at a marlin-fishing contest, in Ocean City, Maryland, and having a Viking ’80 sailing alongside you all spruced up. A few weeks after the release of“The Last Dance,” the docu-series (which immediately became a cult hit) chronicling Michael Jordan’s last championship with the Chicago Bulls, today we tell you about a Michael Jordan you never expected, the fisherman!

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Michael Jordan’s boat

Last summer quite a few fishermen were seen passing by a Viking ’80, named Catch 23 with a 1.98-meter man on it. Who else could it be but Michael Jordan while participating in the White Marlin Open, one of the world’s largest marlin fishing tournaments that draws thousands and thousands of anglers and spectators each year. Another clue is the livery of this fisherman, made with “elephant skin” style veins like the Air Jordan 3, one of the shoes produced by Jordan.

Photo Courtesy: www.ah360views.com – Jordan (bottom left) and his team at the White Marlin Open

Everything from white marlin to blue marlin, along with tuna, dolphins (usually mahi-mahi) and sharks. Some sources were skeptical about the former player’s participation in the competition. Jordan was a six-time NBA Finals MVP and five-time regular season MVP during his 15-year career. He also won the All-Star game MVP in ’88, ’96 and ’98. After also spending a few seasons as a professional baseball player (during his basketball career), could Jordan have found fishing to be his “new” big challenge?

Jordan’s fisherman: an $8 million Viking

Jordan certainly didn’t choose an entry-level model: this 24-foot Viking ’80 is worth $8 million and is powered by three MTU Series 2000 16-cylinder M96L engines. Maximum speed? Around 40 knots, with 30 cruising depending on load and sea. With 6 1/2 meters of beam (and plenty of height even vertically for obvious reasons), this fisherman is also suitable for cruising. Five cabins, one master suite with king-size bed and walkway around.

Photo Courtesy: www.ah360views.com

Entered through an electric sliding door on the mezzanine deck of the cockpit, the salon is made all of satin walnut wood and leather, created by the team at William Bales and Company. Of course, there are all the amenities in the living room (refrigerators, storage spaces, stove, freezer, and sinks). The flybridge, however, also makes its mark: a center console command post gives the helmsman an excellent view while sailing and fishing.

A U-shaped lounge and table forward of the console is designed to accommodate a larger number of guests, and is specifically located below the helmsman’s forward line of sight due to the raised standing platform behind the console.

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