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DSC_3511A GRAND IDEA

If you haven’t caught sight of one of the latest offerings from Jarrett Bay Boatworks, keep looking. You’ll know it when you see it. Guaranteed.

Time and time again, Jarrett Bay has shown it has the depth, vision, and ability to create works of design and engineering art when it comes to its custom builds. One look at its extensive portfolio of truly beautiful boats is testament enough to solidify Randy Ramsey and his crew as occupying a very special place in this sector.

Demonstrating yet again what “truly custom” boat building is all about, custom hull #61 and now known as GRANDER, features some outright bold design choices, including the dark paint and black tower hardware. The result is an aggressively beautiful tactical vehicle that attacks offshore fishing’s status quo.

JB Grander

GRANDER is an exceptional, truly one-of-a-kind, custom build.

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The cockpit is arranged with a central mezzanine seat that doubles as a large ice maker and cooler, with two freezers accessible in the steps below. Two huge in-deck fish boxes straddle the Release fighting chair and transom livewell with tuna tubes. No space is wasted throughout, with the mezzanine steps and seating hosting multiple flush-face tackle drawers and dry storage.

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The clean and modern design flows below as the sliding companionway door reveals another striking mix of metallic and wood veneered surfaces. A compact, but capable galley occupies the starboard side which includes a wash basin, microwave convection oven, over/under refrigerator/freezer and recessed storage. A two person v-berth wraps around the forward cabin underneath a central overhead hatch. To port is an extensive tackle storage station, a combination rod and wet hanging locker, and a well-appointed head finished in Stardust Silver throughout.

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The primary helm features pilot and co-pilot chairs with an artfully designed electronics suite with the latest from Cat, Garmin, FLIR, iCom and Fusion. To starboard is convertible bench seating concealing rod storage, while additional seating, dry storage and an in-deck engine room hatch occupy the space to port forward of the helm.

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Accessed by teak-covered steps on both sides of the tower, the upper helm area is defined by another teak sole contrasting the dark metallic painted surfaces. Featuring a single pilot chair behind a full pop-up electronics display, the bridge boasts an aft-facing seat as well as larger bench seating and storage forward of the helm.

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Powered by twin Caterpillar C18 engines with ACERT technology, the boat is every bit as fast as she looks, and economic to boot. Booking along at 40 knots while using around 47 gph, the Grander tops out at 45 knots with a fuel burn of just 59 gph. The boat’s mechanical systems also include a 21.5 kW Cat generator, a generous water maker capacity and a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer.

Jarrett Bay 46
Topped off with a custom satellite and radar dome and her all-black fittings and rigging, GRANDER’s dark demeanor is lit in an impressive spectrum of color at night thanks to an extensive Lumishore LED lighting installation throughout the hardtop, gunwales and transom. Another innovative Jarrett Bay calling card from her larger sisterships made its way onto the 46′ – the Jarrett Bay signature bucket chairs integrated into the forward cabin house.

SPECS

Length 46′; Beam 15′ 4″; Draft 4′ 6″; Water Line 41′ 5″; Cockpit Area (sq. ft.) 122′
Dry Weight (lbs.) 36,500; Fuel Capacity (gal.) 800g;  Water Capacity (gal.) 100g
Holding Tanks (gal.) 30g; 

POWER

Engine(s): Twin Cat Model C-18 Horsepower 1,136 x2
Propulsion: Conventional
Genset: Cat Model C2.2 Kilowatts: 21.5 kw

PERFORMANCE

Cruise Speed (kts.) 39kt; Cruise RPM: 2000; Cruise Fuel Burn 90gph
WOT Speed (kts.): 45 kt; WOT RPM 2350; WOT Fuel Burn 118gph

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For more information on GRANDER, or any of the other fine boats built by Jarrett Bay, visit the company Website at http://www.jarrettbay.com

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Fourth Custom Jarrett Bay Sportfish Delivered to A Family of Anglers

64-foot Builder’s Choice is a powerful testament to fine Carolina boat building.

Builder's Choice shows off her beautiful profile and her proud Carolina flair.

Builder’s Choice shows off her beautiful profile and her proud Carolina flare.

As the company turns the corner on its 30th year of delivering 95+ builds, Jarrett Bay Boatworks announces the launch of their fourth custom sportfish for the Huddle family and their third generation of Builder’s Choice anglers. Jarrett Bay founder Randy Ramsey’s relationship with the Huddles dates back to 1989 when Jack Huddle first walked into the early company’s Williston, North Carolina boat shed and commissioned a 43’ flybridge with merely a handshake. As the Huddles began to outgrow their 43’, a 48’ express and subsequent 55’ convertible were commissioned – preparing them to once again best their last with the latest 64’.

This is an engine room that is as good as it gets.

This is an engine room that is as good as it gets.

From the beautifully contrasting toe rail to the custom Bausch American hardtop, the graceful design and precise execution make Builder’s Choice a quintessential example of Jarrett Bay’s impressive construction acumen and top quality vendor partnerships. Finished in a shimmering Atlantic Blue topcoat from Alexseal, this renowned “Carolina Flare” hull form pairs advancements such as prop tunnels and underwater exhaust with the dependability of conventional shaft propulsion. Massive Caterpillar C32s with ACERT technology propel her to a top speed of 43 knots and a cruising speed in the 34-37 knot range; ensuring she is as fast and capable as she is elegantly striking.

A look forward in the main salon reveals the fine woodwork and attention to detail Jarrett Bay Boatworks is noted for.

A look forward in the main salon reveals the fine woodwork and attention to detail Jarrett Bay Boatworks is noted for.

As the Huddle family’s boats have evolved to this latest pinnacle, so have their relationships with Jarrett Bay. Jack’s company, Trader Construction was instrumental in Jarrett Bay’s growth and real estate expansion to their 175-acre Marine Park, and he often considered Randy a brother to his sons Harris and Carl. Harris explains, “Our loyalty to Jarrett Bay started with Jack and Randy and now our family is keeping the tradition going. Randy helps us out and we help him out.” Ramsey adds, “When we say, ‘welcome to the Jarrett Bay family,’ it’s not just a figure of speech, we truly mean it. Especially after the sale, we aim to support our customers’ boating careers for life.”

The interior hallway is only a prelude to what awaits the boat's owners and guests.

The interior hallway is only a prelude to what awaits the boat’s owners and guests.

During the construction of the 64, one of the ways this close relationship was demonstrated were the multiple trips Harris made with the Jarrett Bay team to Atlantic Veneer’s mill to hand-pick the stunning black walnut accents for the interior woodwork. The entire Huddle family also helped with layout decisions and interior appointments such as the space maximizing Release Marine box table with pop-up leaves, custom walnut sunburst dinette with holly inlay, and the stalwart fighting and helm chairs. Family members also worked closely with the talented team at The Captain’s Shop on the custom bridge enclosure, as well as with the on-site team at Crystal Coast Interiors to make many of the comfortably refined interior design choices for the three stateroom, three head layout down below.

Comfort and luxurious surroundings are found in each and every stateroom.

Comfort and luxurious surroundings are found in each and every stateroom.

The yacht’s initial shakedown cruise will be an extended trip from North Carolina to south Florida for her debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on November 5-9, 2015. Huddle says, “After that, we’ll spend the winter based out of Palm Beach before venturing to Isla Mujeres Mexico for the early Winter/Spring sailfish bite, and then hopefully on to the Dominican Republic and eventually Bermuda. We also have visions of fishing the Pacific in the years to come.” An abundance of functional storage, redundant Cat generators and an auxiliary fuel tank are among the custom features that were built in from the start to help make these long range expeditions a reality for the Huddle family and their guests.

There's plenty of tackle storage aboard including this hallway closet.

There’s plenty of tackle storage aboard including this hallway closet.

Working with Jarrett Bay’s industry partners at Offshore Marine Electronics, Garmin, JL Audio, FLIR, Simrad, Northstar, Icom and SiTex, the Huddles assembled a navigation package designed to put them on the bite with laser-like precision, as well as enjoy modern entertainment and advanced monitoring amenities.

A bridge deck and helm truly worthy of an A-list tournament sportfishing yacht.

A bridge deck and helm truly worthy of an A-list tournament sportfishing yacht.

A thoughtfully planned systems and video monitor even affords guests relaxing in the climate-controlled salon a live view of the action from the bridge. For all the craftsmen at Jarrett Bay, the Builder’s Choice is a highly functioning piece of art to be supremely proud of, and even sentimental about, as she leaves the facility for the first time. Jarrett Bay new construction foreman Gary Davis jests, “Delivering a boat we’ve worked on day in and out for years is like walking your daughter down the aisle.” But as in all quality relationships, the Jarrett Bay team knows the bride will eventually return home – perhaps often – just as the Huddle family has proven to.

The business end of this Jarrett Bay 64 is bound to see lots of action.

The business end of this Jarrett Bay 64 is bound to see lots of action.

Builder’s Choice is among the first in a flurry of new construction activity contracted at Jarrett Bay during the economic recovery. Following soon after the Builder’s Choice debut in Fort Lauderdale will be a 46′ express splashing later this year, while an in-progress 84′ and 90′ convertible are each slated for completion in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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64’ Jarrett Bay Boatworks – Custom Hull 59 Specifications
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Length Overall: 64’
Beam: 18’ 6”
Draft: 5’ 10”
Waterline: 58′
Cockpit: 140 sq. ft.
Mezzanine: 65 sq. ft.Freshwater Capacity: 275 gal.
Holding Tank Capacity: 125 gal.
Fuel Capacity: 1800 gal. plus 425 gal. auxiliary tank
Power: Twin Cat C32s @ 1925 hp each
Generators: Twin Cat 2.2t @ 29.5 kW each

About Jarrett Bay Boatworks

Jarrett Bay Boatworks, founded in 1986, has delivered more than 95 custom and semi-production sportfishing boats and services more than one thousand boats per year through their 175-acre Jarrett Bay Marine Park in Beaufort, North Carolina. Recognized as an ABBRA Boatyard of the Year and named the 2015 NC Manufacturer of the Year, Jarrett Bay has more than 175 employees and 135,000 sq. ft. of building space – making it one the East Coast’s largest and most respected all-inclusive boating facilities.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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dsc_1255Exceeding Expectations

The Bayliss 77 is the one-of-a-kind result of a custom builder’s expertise combined with fulfilling the dreams of the owners.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

The latest from Bayliss Boatworks, the 77-foot Clean Sweep, shows off her dynamic profile. (Photo Credit: Bayliss Boatworks)

The latest from Bayliss Boatworks, the 77-foot Clean Sweep, shows off her dynamic profile. (Photo Credit: Bayliss Boatworks)

While the ideas of renowned physicist Albert Einstein changed the world, he was never, to my knowledge, a sportfishing enthusiast. However, he did have a thought that just might explain, in relative terms that is, just how John Bayliss achieved a remarkable accomplishment with the launch of hull #18, and the latest boat to bear his name, the 77-foot Clean Sweep.

Einstein’s quote goes like this: “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

"It's always about the fishing," is John Bayliss' mantra and can be seen in every boat he builds.

“It’s always about the fishing,” is John Bayliss’ mantra and can be seen in every boat he builds.

Bayliss learned his boat building craft with roots anchored deep in that special enclave of Carolina boat builders. “For me, growing up in that environment, it was always fishing first,” he said as we discussed his early days on the water and his eventual graduation, with honors, from ‘Oregon Inlet University.’ “And that’s what I bring to each and every boat I build.”

It wasn’t until mid-2001, when he was asked to offer some insight into a build, that Bayliss decided it was time to do something on his own. “I had a lot of ideas in my head and ran things up the flagpole with a couple of friends.” By Christmas week of that year, ground was broken for the shop. Eighteen boats later, the Bayliss brand has become a formidable force in the rarified air of custom-built, hard-core sportfishing machines.

He and I first crossed paths at the 1998 Mid Atlantic 500 and on the day I was part of the invited crew, we had 11 knockdowns. I distinctly remember his drive and determination in doing his best to make the day as successful as could be. Many years later, as I stepped aboard Clean Sweep in Key West, Florida, it was quite obvious that both his passion for fishing and his own style of boat building skills have complimented each other and resulted in something really special.

ENGINE ROOM

“Everything is important aboard my boats. From the top of the tower to the bilges, nothing gets less attention just because it can’t be seen,” he said proudly and again, laced with that same determination and force of nature he brought to all those years of competitive fishing.

Clean Sweep's engine room provides more than ample room for complete access to all critical maintenance areas. That forward door leads to the pump room, air conditioning and electrical systems. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

Clean Sweep‘s engine room provides more than ample room for complete access to all critical maintenance areas. That forward door leads to the pump room with air conditioning and water systems. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

As I like to start ‘at the bottom’ when reviewing a boat, knowing that if things are taken care of here the rest will follow suit, I entered the machinery space via a large hatch on the cockpit’s centerline where a set of steps allows easy access without any serpentine contortions.

Brightly lit with high-gloss refrigerator white finishes on all the big iron and its requisite equipment, including a pair of 30-kW Northern Lights gensets as well as the bulkheads and overhead, the fully air conditioned and wired for sound engine room offers complete access to any piece of equipment. It’s the kind of space that is easy to get to and has the workroom that eliminates the backache out of doing regular maintenance projects. “Makes it a pleasure to work down here what with the a/c and some music,” remarked Capt. Gerry Keene, Clean Sweep’s skipper and a 13-year veteran with these owners, having been with them on their previous 68-foot Bayliss boat, hull #8, as well.

Fully forward and through a door is the pump room with all water and air conditioning systems, and their redundant back ups, to port and starboard respectively. As with the engine room, there is great working space in here as well.

With 200 square feet of working space, the 77's cockpit is all about the business of fishing. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

With 200 square feet of working space, the 77’s cockpit is all about the business of fishing. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

COCKPIT

As you would expect, the as-good-as-it-gets business end of Clean Sweep is her 200 square foot cockpit. It is replete with mezzanine, fish boxes, live well, chillers, individually controlled refrigerator/freezers, cold drink compartment, tackle storage, amazingly detailed and expertly finished teak cover boards and deck, a beautiful fighting chair, actuated under-gunwale storage cabinets, and just about anything a tourney-ready, serious—in this case, very serious—sportfishing yacht would need to get the job done.

INTERIOR

Clean Sweep’s striking ice-blue hull and gleaming white house, with teak toe rail, and dramatic hull form and balanced Carolina profile was merely a prelude of what would await within. “Her owners are big time fishing people and have a shared vision on how they want to use their boat,” said Capt. Gerry as we toured Clean Sweep’s stunning interior.

Painstaking attention to detail along with expert craftsmanship is apparent throughout the interior. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

Painstaking attention to detail and expert craftsmanship is apparent throughout the interior. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

Without mincing words, breathtaking is the only way to describe both the décor and the exacting attention to detail and craftsmanship that went into creating the interior space.

Clean Sweep presents a four stateroom, four head layout, all accessed through the expansive main salon, itself offering a fully found galley to port and dining area to starboard. What is so outstanding about the interior work found throughout is, of course, the extraordinary fit and finish that immediately catches the eye and how all the wood grain veneers match due to have actually been hewn from one log. And then there are those leather finish granite countertops, whose very special composition blends perfectly with the teak and holly sole and the rest of her striking interior.

Clean Sweep's owners had this hand-carved piece of art commissioned by an artist to adorn the  the master quarters. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

Clean Sweep‘s owners had this hand-carved art commissioned for the master quarters. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

The spacious master is located forward and among its many noticeable features, has above the berth’s headboard, a wood carving done meticulously by hand in relief form and fashioned from a single piece of lumber. And whether here, in the starboard crew stateroom, the VIP to port, or the captain’s quarters aft, there is more than ample storage room for all the necessary items required for staying away from the home port for extended periods of time. “We are based in Corpus Christi, Texas,” commented Capt. Gerry. “But I doubt we are going to see much of it. This is a purpose built boat and these owners like to go.”

BRIDGE

Topsides is accessed by a starboard ladder and once up here, the centerline console offers a commanding 360° view. For guests, there is wrap-around seating forward easily accommodating 12-14 people with a table that doubles as a freezer. Additional freezer and drink compartments are located forward of the console and there are actuated storage boxes to either side.

As one would expect, the bridge and tower areas are fitted out for the kind of action Clean Sweep was built for. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

As one would expect, the bridge and tower areas are fitted out for the kind of action Clean Sweep was built for. (Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler)

For the skipper, there are a pair Garmin Black Box GPS systems, 25-kw Furuno radar, night vision, Chirp transducer, Furuno sonar, Simrad autopilot, 4 KEP 19” monitors, aft hard-top mounted 8” Garmin screen, Furuno sounder, Garmin sounder, KVH SAT phone and TV, Carlisle & Finch spotlight, KVH compass card, redundant Garmin tower electronics package—yes, that awesome Palm Beach Tower is fully functional—and more. And the hatch leading up to the bridge closes for safety.

CONSTRUCTION

Clean Sweep is a cold molded boat, built with exacting precision from the jig right up through her flawlessly finished hull and topsides. “From hull #1, which was a simple 12-cylinder, no-frills fishing machine, to this one here, with her twin 2,600-hp MTU diesel engines and all the many technological improvements through the years, you can track any boat builder’s career. And it goes beyond size,” commented Bayliss as we discussed the way he builds his boats. “Our goal is to always make them better.”

Matching the ride to the boat’s weight, size, range, and speed, Bayliss, along with renowned marine architect Robert Ullberg, gave Clean Sweep’s bottom around 24° – 25° around the forward bulkhead with a little more deadrise aft. “It’s walking a fine line but every boat is a compromise. We like the great head sea performance with plenty of buoyancy forward and the ability to not get squirrely on the captain in a big following sea,” said Bayliss.

With 30 months of build time and some 68,145 man-hours involved, the final product is a true labor of love, vision, dedication, and the combined efforts of a team of expert craftspeople. “The pre-construction time is as important as the build itself,” said Bayliss. “During that process, and among many other questions, we nail down the following: Where do you expect to travel? How do you plan to use your boat? What features are most important to you?”

PERFORMANCE

Out on the water, Clean Sweep lived up to everything one would expect from her DNA. My day found the waters off of Key West mostlyBayliss 77 wake calm with just a hint of breeze sweeping landward and as we headed out to sea, I noted she got up on plane at 1500 rpm and with a 22-knot turn of speed. When we bumped her up to 1900 she responded by delivering 34+ knots. And adding a mere 100-rpm, we settled into a very comfortable 36 knots. She responded extremely quick to helm commands, cut exciting turns, banking and holding rpm as she did so, backed down quickly, and settled into tracking straight and true on our way back to the dock.

OFF TO FARAWAY PLACES

The Bayliss 77 is a boat that needs to be seen up close and personal to really appreciate everything that went into making her. Clean Sweep would be in Key West one more day as her rightfully proud owners were due in the following morning and then it would be off to fish the Caribbean side of Central America before transiting the Canal to Costa Rica. And then? Well with a boat like this one, that’s as it should be.

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Photo Credit: Bayliss Boatworks

If a custom built, one-of-a-kind sportfishing boat is in your means, you owe it to yourself to check out what Bayliss Boatworks has to offer. You will not be disappointed.

SPECIFICATIONS

LOA: 77’
Beam: 20’
Draft: 5’3”
Weight: 125,000 lbs (dry)
Fuel: 2,800 gal
Water: 450 gal
Power: 2 x M94 2,600-hp MTU

RPM                        GPH                        SPEED/KTS
1500                        96.5                          24.8
1700                        123.5                        29.2
1900                        155.5                        34.2
2150                        191.0                        38.5
2450                        252.5                        43.4

For more information, please contact Bayliss Boatworks (252) 473-9797; baylissboatworks.com

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in Sea Trials

 

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Yours truly making the call that will hopefully, get me out on this boat looking for deep waters and tight lines.        The Art, and Pride, of the Build

The 77-foot Blank Check, Jarrett Bay’s latest and largest custom convertible to date, successfully balances boat building technology with aesthetics.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Carolina flare takes to the offshore waters in search of big fish and angling adventures in the form and shape of Jarrett Bay's 77-foot Blank Check.

Carolina flare takes to the offshore waters in search of big fish and angling adventures in the form and shape of Jarrett Bay’s 77-foot Blank Check.

Let’s cut to the chase on this one shipmates. Michelangelo had his Pieta, Leonardo—DaVinci, not DiCaprio—his Mona Lisa, and now the owner of Jarrett Bay’s latest convertible, the 77-foot Blank Check, has his own masterpiece. And while the comparison between the pinnacle of creativity these great classics represent and that of a no-nonsense, horizon-chasing fishing machine might seem a bit of a stretch, upon closer examination of this stunningly beautiful boat, and what it took to design and construct it, will have you convinced of the special level of ingenuity it takes to bring this kind of boat building art to realization.

Bow on, Blank Check sports a formidable profile.

Bow on, Blank Check sports a formidable profile.

The empty canvas for Blank Check began back in 2010 when her future owner, on the look for a new boat, invited Jarrett Bay’s president Randy Ramsey, along with two of his engineers, to Florida for a couple of days of fishing. “He wanted us to see how he used his boat; what his style of fishing was all about as well as what he required aboard in terms of his family’s needs, something as important to this particular owner as having a very serious, tournament-capable boat,” said Ramsey. “Once we had that experience, one that really helped us to understand our customer, we knew just what the right direction to take would be.”

For Ramsey and his veteran crew at the sprawling, all-inclusive Beaufort, North Carolina based Jarrett Bay Marine Park, comprising some 175 acres right on the ICW, the Blank Check project took on a very special meaning. “I started out as a charter boat captain and built my first boat in a tin shed back in 1986. And to see how far we’ve come in our endeavors to give our owners exactly what they need and want, and for our family here to work with the Doyle’s on this project, is a source of great pride for us,” said Ramsey.

That sense of pride runs deep at Jarrett Bay and is reflected in the uniqueness of all its boats. As I approached Blank Check tied up on the outside T of the Beaufort Town Docks, it was quite evident that the builder had once again, been successful in achieving that elusive balance between the art of boat construction and technology.

She was here, and just shortly after her launch as well, to participate in the Big Rock Marlin Tournament, her lofty ‘riggers defining a new skyline at the edge of the historic town, her noticeably Carolina flared bow jutting out with just the perfect balance of form and function.

I couldn’t help but glance up at her custom Bausch American Tower soaring above those of the other sportfishing boats along the water’s edge and the exacting way the symmetry between her bridge, foredeck, sweeping sheer, and cockpit area all contributed to her perfectly balanced profile.

CONSTRUCTION

Even in the early stages of construction, her fine lines are quite apparent.

Even in the early stages of construction, her fine lines are quite apparent.

Like all Jarrett Bay cold molded builds, soon after Gary Davis, a third generation boat builder and the company’s visionary designer, has completed her hull drawings, Blank Check started taking form on the floor of her construction building by having her lofted out to full size. This technique, used by the builder for years now, gives the team a chance to have a look at the lines of the boat. Once Ramsey, Davis, and the rest of the design team approves, the wood jig stations are constructed along with the male mold. The Douglas fir stringers are placed in that mold along with the stem after which comes three layers of Okume planking for the bottom and sides. These layers are carefully cut, fit, placed and then glued in alternating directions resulting in a very strong product. “The outcome is certainly lighter than traditional fiberglass construction allowing for increased speeds and efficiency,” Ramsey said.

The entire hull structure is then glassed over after which, and since it was built keel up, upside down, it is flipped over and put on its cradle, ready for wiring, plumbing, engines and equipment along with the interior, bridge, deck, superstructure, and the rest of the boat. “As a cold molded builder, we start with a blank sheet of paper and have no preconceived notions as to how someone needs to use their boat. We don’t have that much invested in any one hull design or build and in that way, we can be very flexible in making those adjustments, whether big or small, and deliver a truly custom built boat,” he added. For Blank Check, it would mean three years until she could splash and strut her stuff with that super glossy finish courtesy of Alexseal’s Cloud White paint.

INTERIOR
Of the many successes that went into the build, one of the most satisfying was Jarrett Bay’s ability to provide the Doyle Family with the kind of living accommodations that were so important to them. And with Blank Check sporting a 21’6” beam, this afforded plenty of room to create the spacious layout and well-appointed amenities aboard this competitive fishing platform.

Working closely with the owners, Jarrett Bay was able to realize their needs for a salon able to accommodate the family needs.

Working closely with the owners, Jarrett Bay was able to realize a salon able to accommodate the family needs.

To that end the oversized salon, whose couches were designed to be wide enough to sleep on,and galley, with an overabundance of storage space—an important theme repeated throughout Blank Check including the bridge deck, cockpit, mezzanine, and engine room as well—including an ample pantry/washer and dryer room to port and a day head to starboard, is about as good as it gets. And because the Doyle’s needed the room, Blank Check is outfitted with a five stateroom, six head layout, including master, VIP, a pair of guest quarters, and captain/crew.

Wide open spaces are also found in the well laid out and maintenance-friendly engine room.

Wide open spaces are also found in the well laid out and maintenance-friendly engine room.

As one would expect, the engine room is another place on board where the art of boat building took precedence. There is a separate pump room that also houses the two 32-kW Onan gensets and I found the work space in all areas to be superior for not only daily maintenance, but afforded the ability to get both hands on anything that might need servicing without any knuckle busting, elbow bashing, or knee crunching. And of course, both are fully air-conditioned.

FISHABILITY AND PERFORMANCE
“I’m the son of a son of a son of a sailor and my dad was a sportfishing captain as well,” said Capt. Danny Hearn as we sat on the massive bridge deck, overlooking the 225 square foot cockpit, the custom Release Marine chair below us, as Blank Check’s two mates began readying baits and rigging the rods for tomorrow’s Big Rock outing. The only reason I was able to get on the boat at all was that my day was a lay day.

Blank Check's cockpit shows off yet another area where the Jarrett Bay craftsmen take center stage.

Blank Check‘s cockpit shows off yet another area where the Jarrett Bay craftsmen take center stage.

Hearn is an integral part of this boat’s life, having worked for the Doyle Family since 1993 and was as involved in her build as were Ramsey and his team. “It’s a rarity in this business to find this kind of relationship and is just one more facet of what makes Blank Check so special,” Hearn said.

Capt. Danny Hearn is as proud as any skipper can be; great boat and equally great job.

Capt. Danny Hearn is as proud as any skipper can be; great boat and equally great job.

With her international travel schedule, Hearn made sure Blank Check would have all she needed to be a competitive threat anywhere she fished. Besides the extra fuel capacity of 3,200 gallons, this formidable boat has all the requisite equipment one would expect and lots more.

The bridge overhead has a double-hinged opening that accommodates up to 16 rigged and ready-to-go rods. Each of the couches forward of the helm has ample storage space as does the table. There is a double freezer compartment that can easily hold several weeks of frozen foodstuffs and the centerline helm, with its vast array of electronics, allows Capt. Danny to always know what is going on, especially during the heat of battle. Down in the cockpit, there are plenty of in-sole boxes and extra storage and freezers as well beneath the mezzanine couches. The pair of pressurized live-wells, large enough to hold up to 125 gallons, will keep the bait ready to go. And for her time in skinny waters, her prop tunnels and low shaft angle, combined with her 5’6” draft, will take the pucker factor out of the equation.

“I’m very pleased with her performance She’s very quick out of the hole, turns on fish just fine, and with the underwater exhausts and those submarine doors in the engine room, is very quiet for those wishing to hang in the salon while we are underway,” he said.

Given the windy conditions in the area, getting her off the dock on this particular day was something to look forward to. With no glass calm water outside, she hit the chop easily and as the seas built, was able to muscle her way with all the assurance and ease her Carolina-built heritage promises. She gracefully leaned into all her turns and answered the helm with speed and efficiency. We were able to get her moving at 41 knots at WOT and flirted with 30 knots at 2000 rpm.

The Doyle Family have their boating version of a magnum opus and according to all reports from Capt. Danny, are enjoying their new acquisition to the fullest with trips planned far and wide wherever big fish tournaments are being held. And just to set things right from the start, Blank Check delivered a triple header white marlin release on her very first day in the offshore waters during the Big Rock Lady Angler Tournament that took place in early June, 2013. On July 4th, at The World Cup Blue Marlin Championship, an international event that took place on that day in 18 countries and territories with 130 teams participating, Blank Check saw the winning 668-pound fish slide across its decks with prize money totaling over $300,000. An auspicious beginning for this major statement of boat building art? The Doyle’s think so and, I suppose, many who will not only see her at the dock but also fish the same waters will agree as well. Jarrett Bay Boatworks. 252.728.2690. www.jarrettbay.com

PERFORMANCE
RPM                    SPEED (kn)                   GPH
1000                           12                            30
1250                           15                            60
1500                           22                            100
1750                           29                            140
2000                           35                            180
2250                           39                            215
2400                           41                            250

SPECIFICATIONS
LOA: 77’0”
BEAM: 21’6”
DRAFT: 5’8”
DISPLACEMENT: 128,000 lbs. (dry)
FUEL: 3,200 gal.
WATER: 350 gal.
ENGINES: 2 x 2,600-hp MTU 16V 2000 Series
GENERATORS: 2 x 32-kW Onan

Fuel consumption is based on (2) engines at any given RPM. Speed and ranges are estimates based on engineering calculations. Range is based on 90% fuel capacity. Actual performance will vary and be affected by water and weather conditions, load and conditions of boat, engines, and propellers. Speed will increase as fuel is consumed. All data is illustrative and not warranted.

There’s a special postscript to this story as the Doyle family and Capt. Danny have already commissioned Randy Ramsey, Jarrett Bay’s president, to build them Hull #60, a new 84-foot Blank Check, to be delivered by mid 2016. We’ll be following her build progress right up to launch time.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Sea Trials

 

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Boat Builder’s Profile

Jarrett Bay Named ABBRA Boatyard of the Year

Jarrett Bay Boatworks in Beaufort, North Carolina, has been presented with the 2011 Award of Excellence “Boatyard of the Year” designation from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) at the association’s Annual Conference, held in New Bedford, Massachusetts, July 18–19, 2011.

Jarrett Bay 63: photo David Blythe

Jarrett Bay Boatworks was one of six to receive a prestigious ABBRA award presented on an annual basis and designed to recognize individuals and companies from the boatbuilding and repairing industry for their excellence throughout the year. ABBRA’s “Boatyard of the Year” award is given to the service or repair facility that demonstrates excellence in all facets of its company through commitment to customer relations, quality management, positive employee and vendor relationships, regard for the safety of its employees and customers, good stewardardship of the environment, and innovatively employing technology to enhance its marine business.

“Jarrett Bay Boatworks is a company built on a tradition of quality craftsmanship and integrity,” ABBRA President Pam Lendzion said as she presented the award. “When you walk into the facility you can’t help but feel the pride each craftsman has in his work. Randy Ramsey and his team are passionate about boatbuilding and repair; they consistently produce quality work, and are determined to exceed their customers’ expectations. This business model has made Jarrett Bay Boatworks a success.”

Jarrett Bay President Randy Ramsey

Jarrett Bay’s President Randy Ramsey commented, “This is a great honor. Everyone that is a part of our organization helped to earn this, and I am extremely grateful for their efforts to provide our customers with world-class craftsmanship and professionalism.”

Jarrett Bay Boatworks, 530 Sensation Weigh
Beaufort, NC 28516.  252.728.2690     
Fax: 252.728.2607
www.jarrettbay.com

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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