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CapKenA Personal Matter

Always taking its custom work seriously, Jarrett Bay brings it to a new level with this 64-foot Carolina beauty.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Photos courtesy of Jarrett Bay

Jarrett Bay 64

This Jarrett Bay 64, Builder’s Choice, is the fourth personal statement from this builder for the owner and delivered by company president Randy Ramsey and his crew of fine craftsmen.

“If I felt any better about this boat, I’d be triplets,” remarked Jarrett Bay president Randy Ramsey, his words flavored and seasoned with that most appealing and special North Carolinian cadence. “You see, this is the fourth boat we built for the Huddle family and well, when you have established that kind of relationship, it not just about the job.”

Indeed, Builder’s Choice, one of the latest to splash at the company’s sprawling 175-acre marine park right off the Intracoastal Waterway in Beaufort, North Carolina, is more than another beautiful custom build from Mr. Ramsey and his veteran crew of designers, fabricators, technicians, workers, support staff and all the others that have helped put Jarrett Bay in the rarified air of this particular sector of the industry.

With this particular boat, and given the Huddle’s involvement as their exclusive contractor in the early days of Jarrett Bay’s growth, the project was all very personal. “This was about family,” said Ramsey. “And we set out to deliver a beautiful and functional boat.”


That personal touch is quite evident inside Builder’s Choice and the attention to detail and excellent fit and finish shown by Jarrett Bay’s on-site Crystal Coast Interiors that was provided here is exceptional.

Jarrett Bay 64 interior

The main salon aboard Builder’s Choice is exactly what the owners were looking for.

No matter where one looks, the hand picked black walnut motif stands out and is in beautiful contrast with the light colored couches, each with plenty of storage space beneath, found to either side. And a beautifully crafted Release table, not only expands for additional surface area, but also opens up for extra storage below. With the Huddles, that most likely will be used for fishing related items.

The island galley is forward and to port with a dinette just opposite. The veneer work found throughout and well, the eyes don’t lie; everything matches perfectly. For weight saving, honeycombed Nomex is used with all the doors and cabinets.

Jarrett Bay rod storage closet

Given her profile as a no-nonsense, tournament boat, she has abundant rod, reel, and fish equipment storage. Here, a hallway closet shows off some of her wares.

In the living accommodations, reached via a centerline stairs from the salon and galley area, there is a three stateroom, three head layout. Surrounding both the Huddles and their guests in elegant and comfortable quarters, the staterooms also provide plenty of storage space for those times Builder’s Choice will be traveling to far-flung ports in search of the boat’s prime directive. In addition, there are full-length tackle closets on both sides of the hallway with dedicated space allotted to rods and reels and makes for a very impressive showing.


“While we always look to make our boats lighter and more efficient, we never sacrifice quality, safety, and the kind of outstanding build we have become known for,” said Ramsey. To that end and instead of a molded house, Builder’s Choice features closed cell foam throughout the entire topsides.

Jarrett Bay 64 framed

Like all of Jarrett Bay cold-molded boats, Builder’s Choice starts out with a perfectly shaped wood frame over which her fiberglass exterior will be fashioned.

As far as Jarrett Bay’s cold mold process, the boat is triple planked with significant amounts of fiberglass and extra planking in high impact areas. This same beefy technique is used in sections like the struts and rudders.

“Unlike some builders we not only glass the exterior of the hull but instead, encase its entire interior as well including the stinger system, grid, bottom and side planking,” continued Ramsey on this topic. “The end product is an encapsulated wooden hull that should last indefinitely.” And finally, to get that beautiful Atlantic Blue paint job on Builder’s Choice, Jarrett Bay uses Alexseal coatings on all its boats.


For all her beauty and obvious boat builder’s artistic quality, this is a hard-core fishing boat and one that fulfills all the needs of the Huddle family’s legacy of claiming their place in this particular, and highly competitive arena.


Ready for action of any kind, the cockpit offers captain, crew, and anglers all they would need for serious fishing.

As they usually fish with a large group of anglers, she offers 140 square feet of effective space. The teak work underfoot, and that on both upper and lower mezzanine areas, including the coamings, is exceptional. One would be hard pressed to find a line in the sole that does not demonstrate the definition of straight.

As expected, there are the requisite ice and chill boxes, storage areas, transom door and baitwell, stunning Release chair, and easy access to the engine room.


For any hands-on owner or skipper, the engine room aboard Builder’s Choice is as functional as it is a spacious. With a pair of big CAT C32’s at 1,925-hp each sharing the space with a duo of 29.5-kW CAT gensets, I found getting to all critical maintenance areas as well as all pumps, switches, hoses, systems, and just about anything else that needs tending to, to be not only easy but provides all the working space in which to swing any tool without getting a knuckle busted or an elbow bruised.

Jarrett Bay 64 engine room

A great engine room makes a great boat and aboard Builder’s Choice, hers is as good as it gets.

Also of note was finding the pump room aft, this to alleviate any noise, whether it is harmonic vibration or the actual sound of the various pumps and systems cycling off and on, enabling the owner and guests to not be disturbed when settling in for the evening. And as with the engine room space, with many of these systems under cover and in cabinets, I found everything also had easy access for not only checking but for any necessary maintenance work or clean up.


The bridge totally reflects the boat’s fishing profile and is truly worthy of admiration. With its Bausch American hardtop, this deck presents a thoughtfully planned layout and easily places the captain and any guests watching the action from up on high, right in the bite. For the skipper and co-pilot there is a pair of Release pedestal helm seats with additional seating along the starboard side. A comfortable L-shape couch is forward and to port of the helm. Freezer and refrigerated storage areas are also found here as well there being further cargo space beneath the seating.

JB 64 bridge.jpg

Well laid out with all controls and electronics within easy reach, the bridge affords maximum efficiency while Builder’s Choice is under operation.

Using the expertise of Offshore Marine Electronics, Builder’s Choice has an extensive array of Icom, Northstar, SiTex, Garmin, FLIR, Simrad, and JL Audio systems resulting in a helm design affording maximum control with ease of use.


The analogy of driving Builder’s Choice across the waters off of Palm Beach, Florida, as being like taking the wheel of a finely tuned sports car is spot on.

This boat is power personified and due to the balance between those high horsepower, twin CAT diesels and that spectacular fine entry with its sharp attack angle that transitions to abundant planning surfaces, she easily jumped out of the hole, spooled up to 2000 rpm and reached a cruise speed of 35.6 knots. When hooked up, we flirted with 41 knots. I found her to bank easily into turns at speed, track straight and true, back down with all the expected nimbleness she was designed for, and was as compliant and responsive to the most finite of helm commands during the close quarters docking maneuvers at the Sailfish Marina.

JB 64 running

With her Carolina flare showing off her perfectly balanced profile, this Jarrett Bay 64 is an awesome performer.

How do you balance the art of custom boat building with power and performance and the right amount of Carolina Flare? As with Builder’s Choice, you get Jarrett Bay to put it all together for you. It will be very personal. Just ask Randy Ramsey.


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

RPM                             GPH                   SPEED(kt)

1000                              36                         11.9

1250                              66                         20.0

1500                              88                         24.4

1750                             124                        31.9

2000                             152                        35.6

2325                             200                        40.8




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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in Sea Trials


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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.
64’ Jarrett Bay Boatworks – Custom Hull 59 Specifications
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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CapKenHighly Personalized

Viking’s 52 Sport Tower bridges a gap between a hard core fishing machine and whatever else you may have in mind.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Viking President Patrick Healey is a happy man these days. “We had to add some 65,000 square feet of production space to our existing New Gretna, NJ facility just to accommodate the design, development, and the floor space necessary to accommodate all our lines, including the 92 Convertible, our new Open series, 42 Sport Coupe, 46 Open Express, 52 Sport Tower, and our motor yachts. That building, by the way, was designed by our own production engineering group,” he said proudly.

Viking's New Gretna, NJ's facility includes its own marina for make-ready and sea trial use.

Viking’s New Gretna, NJ’s facility includes its own marina for make-ready and sea trial use. Photo: Viking Yachts

The 52 Sport Tower, one of the three Open models Healey mentioned, was first introduced at Viking’s last dealer meeting and was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm.

“In planning and designing these boats, we looked at the Open Series, one that we’ve been in for years since the mid-1980’s beginning with our 35, and saw an empty space we knew we could fill,” Healey commented.

Viking's 52ST shows off her dynamic profile during sea trials.

Viking’s 52ST shows off her dynamic profile during sea trials. Photo: Viking Yachts.

My charge was located at Viking’s Riviera Beach, Florida-based facility where I caught up with Capt. Ryan Higgins. Higgins, a consummate professional whether behind the controls of a Viking 92 footer or, as we were presently doing on both the Intracoastal and offshore waters, wheeling the 52 Sport Tower through her paces, has an expertise that not only covers skilled boat handling, but has a keen sense and insight of what went into a particular build as well.

“For this size, range, and power and accommodations, this boat is as good as it gets,” Higgins said as we began our time out on the water. “It more than takes care of any fishing needs an owner would want while also providing the kind of roominess for travel as well.”


With a pair of optional MAN V12 1,400-hp diesels— MAN V8 1,000-hp’s are standard—a 21.5kW Onan EQD genset, an optional Eskimo ice machine, and situated neatly behind the starboard engine, a Seakeeper NG9 gyro situated neatly behind the starboard engine, and along with all the other requisite equipment, I found the refrigerator-white Awlgripped engine room to provide plenty of space in which to service all the equipment. The battery compartment is easily accessed as are all critical maintenance areas including fluid checks, belts, hoses, and connections.

Viking decided to give the 52ST's engine compartment plenty of room in which to get any kind of work done.

Viking engineered the 52ST’s engine compartment with plenty of room in which to get any kind of maintenance work done. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

Also located here is Viking’s central water system that all but eliminates the need to have individual pumps to take care of all the freezers, air conditioning, heads, and any other such needs aboard.


With an easy to navigate cockpit, the 52ST can easily be a formidable addition to any tournament circuit.

With an easy to navigate cockpit, the 52ST will be a formidable addition to any tournament circuit. Photo: Viking Yachts

Viking gave the 52 Sport Tower 142 square feet of space in which to get the job done—my test boat had a pedestal-designed rocket launcher set up in the middle—and I found moving around in the space to be not only effortless but noticed I would have no trouble reaching for anything I might need with a big fish astern. “As good as this boat is for whatever its owners have in mind, it’s DNA is all Viking from the bottom up and that means rigged and ready for action,” said Higgins.

The transom fish box has been maximized out for portable tuna tubes for those who need that kind of fishing equipment. And for an excellent view of all the action, there is a double-seated mezzanine as well.


With its open design, the command deck as Viking calls this area, not only provides excellent visibility from the center line helm even during acceleration, including help from the glass corners in the windshield, something I noted when it was my turn to take the wheel, but has the kind of amenities that allows for a rather intimate experience for guests whether fishing or traveling.

Comfortable and practical, the command deck offers plenty of seating and excellent views into the seaway.

Comfortable and practical, the command deck offers plenty of seating and excellent views into the seaway. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

To either side of the pedestal helm seat are additional seating areas while aft and to starboard is a comfortable dinette. Over to port, and wrapping all the way around, is a molded-in console housing yet another freezer compartment. And in the overhead, are two flush-mounted compartments for rod storage.

“We have three versions of our open models and while they are all great designs and will fit individual preference, I favor the 52ST for my all around needs,” Higgins added.


Entering from a large sliding door just to port of the centerline helm, I took a few easy steps down into the accommodations space. Whether in the comfortable forepeak master or, as this 52ST was configured, the two staterooms to starboard, I found ample headroom giving the area a roomy feel and plenty of storage space for your time away from the dock. There are two heads here and the salon offers a dinette and full galley along with ample floor space in which to move around in.

Should someone want just two staterooms, the added space will applied to the salon area. “This is a personal area and its configuration is up to each individual owner’s needs,” said Higgins.

Wide open spaces present themselves aboard the Viking 52ST.

Wide open interior spaces present themselves aboard the Viking 52ST. Photo: Viking Yachts.


We took the boat out into the Intracoastal first to do some speed runs before heading out into the ocean. With 800 gallons of fuel on board—this 52 Sport Tower was equipped with the optional 1,467-gallon tanks with standard tankage at 1,202 gallons—and full water at 186 gallons, Higgins and I posted an impressive fast cruise of 40.7 knots at 2250 rpm. She held her direction beautifully and gave us an exhilarating ride. When we knocked her down to 2000, she turned in a 36-knot turn of speed and an impressive 31.3 knots at 1750 rpm. And of course, there was our exhilarating 42.7 WOT speed.

Impressive handling and performance, the result of a well-engineered running bottom, are part of the 52ST's complete package. Photo: Viking Yachts

Impressive handling and exciting performance, the result of a well-engineered running bottom, are part of the 52ST’s complete package. Photo: Viking Yachts

Helping to get these kinds of results means tank testing and with Viking’s special relationship with the Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ, the time and refining process results in a superior design.

As far as her running bottom is concerned, one that was taken from the highly successful 55 Convertible, that is the domain of Viking designer David Wilson. “It’s all new and a result of our constant refining,” said Wilson as we spoke on the subject.

Getting the all-important balance between power and performance meant some important factors to consider. “We went with full beam to get more wetted surface, a modified V, eliminated the keel, provided a fine entry up forward transitioning to about 11.8° of deadrise at the transom, and revisited the lifting strakes we designed many years ago,” mentioned Wilson. The strakes help to deal to break any suction created by fast boats in the 40+knot range and prevents them from teetering from side to side while at speed. “As far as our draft is concerned, we were willing to give up a little there by designing pockets into her bottom.”


“Our philosophy is to have everyone involved in the production,” said Healey adding that his company has gained their unique boat building perspective by Viking’s longevity since its founding in 1964 by his father and uncle. “We’ve been able to endure things through bad times and good times and always with a great team that produces exceptional boats and always strive to make our product better each and every day. We build these boats through the rigors of what we do.”

The only regret with my day aboard the Viking 52ST was that it ended with me leaving the dock. This is the kind of boat that makes it tough to get off of. Take one for your own sea trial and you’ll see what I mean.


LOA: 53’2”
Beam: 17’6”
Draft: 4’11”
Displacement: 67,680 w/standard fuel
Fuel:1,202 gal (1,467 optional)
Water: 186 gal
Engines: MAN V8 1,000-hp
Optional Engines: Man V12 1,400-hp

RPM                  SPEED(kn)                  GPH
1000                  11.3                                    28
1250                  17.5                                    40
1500                  25.3                                    58
1750                  31.3                                    75
2000                  36.0                                    100
2250                  40.7                                    137
WOT (2330)      42.7                                    150


Viking Yachts. (609) 296-6000.

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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Sea Trials


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CapKenFinely Tuned

Paul Spencer takes his latest custom 59-footer to a new level.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

The Spencer 59 shows off her well-balanced exterior profile.

The Spencer 59 shows off her well-balanced exterior profile. Photo: Spencer Yachts

Paul Spencer made his mark as a respected captain and fisherman on the offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As with most of his ilk, his passion for all things nautical began at an early age with summer jobs in the North Carolina fishing charter business and earning his ticket by the time he was twenty years old.

Paul Spencer

Paul Spencer

Armed with a personal vision of what a sportfishing boat should be able to do, and a hands-on, experienced-based approach to design and construction, he founded Spencer Yachts in 1996 in Manns Harbor, NC. From its humble beginnings in a tin shed, the facility now boasts some 125 employees with custom builds from 37- to 87 feet in length.

Attitudes is owned by Joe Pregont, a seasoned boat owner with a passion for real wood and sportfishing boats with style and flair, and along with Capt. Jamie Van Winkle, was drawn to Spencer Yachts with an image for his own version of the company’s time-tested and sea-proven 59 footer.

“I saw Mimi, a Spencer 59 in Harbor Island in the Bahamas and really liked it,” Pregont said. “After I met Paul there, and when finished making the rounds Stateside, I decided to build my first custom boat with him. This is my second Spencer now and I can’t wait to get her out on the water. They build a boat just the way you want it and I can’t say enough about the job he did.”


As with any custom build, the needs of the individual owner must be met. And for this particular project, it began with a request to make sure the living spaces of Attitudes were big enough height wise for the Pregont family.

With its custom interior, this Spencer 59 was just what her owner was looking for.

With its custom interior, this Spencer 59’s interior layout was just what her owner was looking for. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

“Most of the boys, including my son-in-law, are on the tall side, averaging about 6’5”,” said Pregont. “So when we laid out the interior, we made sure Spencer and his people took that into consideration.” To that end, and without sacrificing that sleek and proportional Spencer profile, Attitudes has an average of 78” or more everywhere inside, from the 80” in the accommodations area to as high as 84” in the forepeak master.

The galley and dinette areas.

The galley and dinette areas. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

With some of the larger builds, there’s obviously a bit more wiggle room. However, the art aboard this boat meant that the design had to be just right. “We measured every room layout and every space, not only on Attitudes but on others to make sure it was done to the family’s specifications,” added Capt. Jamie.

With excellent fit and finish noted everywhere, the salon features tons of rod and reel storage below the portside seating area and a rod closet below. A fully found galley is forward of that and a comfortable dinette sits to starboard. For the accommodations below, it was agreed that the three-stateroom, two head layout would include an open starboard hallway bunk, measuring some 80” long and 36” wide with massive storage area below. And whether in the forepeak or guest quarters, there is more than ample space in which to keep all those necessary items for extended trips away from the dock.


Well-lit and beautifully faired and finished off, the engine room is accessed through a center line hatch forward in the cockpit and once inside, offers more than ample room to access all necessary maintenance and service areas, batteries and electrics, pumps, valves, refrigeration units, air conditioning, sea chest, and switches as well as the CAT 21.5-kW genset, encased in a hushbox and mounted athwartships and in front of the twin C-18 1,150-hp Caterpillar mains.

“By the way,” Capt. Jamie said, noting the entrance. “I had that hatch and dogging entrance door there made wide enough to slide my spare props right in, eliminating any need for boxes being on the deck when we are traveling.”

Another noteworthy design down here is the alleyway leading from the engine space to the lazarette. Not only is it an excellent storage area, with easy access to anything you may keep here, but it also eliminates the need for a deck hatch thus preventing any chance of water intrusion during a tussle with a big fish or big water.


The centerpiece of her cockpit, complete with all the necessary accessories such as mezzanine, fish boxes, live well, refrigerated and freezer compartments, is the Bluewater designed chair. “I’ve been dealing with the company for years and really like the way Tom Ackel and his crew deliver a product,” said Capt. Jamie. Made with high-grade stainless hardware and selected teak, it’s the biggest one they make and will, as the owner and his family are motivated fishing enthusiasts, definitely see a lot of action on this boat.

With plenty of room for any kind of action that should come her way, the Spencer 59's cockpit is ready.

With plenty of room for any kind of action that should come her way, the Spencer 59’s cockpit, with its Bluewater chair, is ready. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

Her coamings and transom are all teak as well. Again, this owner really likes his boat trimmed out as much as possible and to show off the aft end of Attitudes, there are about 30 coats of varnish applied to transom before being covered with clear coat after which the gold leaf name is applied and then buried in multiple layers of clear as well. “We go out of our way to keep the deep drop lead and the marlins from scratching it up,” Capt. Jamie said, a wry, knowing smile covering his face. “All this stuff is the real deal with a custom boat.”


Simplicity was key to laying out the bridge area and to that end the helm features a three-screen electronics display. Practical and kind of ‘old school’ by some standards, it offers a clean, uncomplicated seating area forward for guests while giving the skipper all the tools and view aft for when the action is hot and heavy.

A full Pipewelders tower gives both captain and guests a lofty all around view.

A full Pipewelders tower gives both captain and guests a lofty all around view. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler.

Electric reels and radios are in separate overhead compartments and I found excellent storage areas here as well. The Pipewelders tower is an outstanding piece of equipment and finished off as good as any I’ve seen anywhere. “I try not to overdo it up here,” Capt. Jamie said noting how easy it is to reach anything he would need while fishing or getting from place to place.

Van Winkle also made particular note of the electronics wiring cabinet located below the helm and easily accessed via a side hatch. And after looking around inside, I could see why. All Hooked Up Electronics owner Koby Money gave Attitudes the kind of wiring job that is second to none, affording the system-savvy skipper, or technician, unfettered access to any work that may be required.


Once the jig is set up in the Manns Harbor shop, the hull is trucked the short distance to Wanchese where the interiors, engines, painting—this is an Emron painted boat—and the rest of the finishing projects are completed.

“The Spencer foreman and I would communicate on everything I wanted done during the build,” said Capt. Jamie. “And it’s all real special dealing with Paul, his family, and everyone else at the company.”

Attitudes is a cored boat—Divinycell and Core Cell—and upgrades the tried and true method with new materials. For strength, her backbone, being the stringers, is still laminated wood as are the chines.  All that is set on coring, which is glassed over and vacuum bagged. Once the whole boat is done it is then cooked by building an oven around it, this to cure it and get rid of some post-cure issues. “She’s the second boat we’ve done this way and because of the resultant weight loss, strength and stiffness, Spencer Yachts will be doing it from now on,” said Capt. Jamie.


“I just didn’t like the harmonics of the five-bladed props,” Capt. Jamie said to me as we headed out of Pirates Cove Marina in Stuart, Florida, for some time out on the water.

Swapping them out for a pair of Veem four blade, 31” wheels, once past the manatee and no wake zone, and as we started to accelerate, his reaction was immediate. “Now that’s how things should sound,” he said. “Quiet.”

Having not been aboard with the former props, I could not judge the difference but a smooth increase in speed was quite apparent as we approached 1750 rpm with a 70% load on. Holding her there, Attitudes moved through the water at 29 knots at what I would call a slow cruise. (Not too shabby at 1500 as well with a 23-knot rate.) When the throttles were moved up to 2000 rpm, at 76% load, I noted a 34.5-knot turn of speed with this, her fast cruise. She has a definite ‘sports car’ feel with quick response to the helm as she cut tight and steady turns, and tracked straight and true.  When we brought her back to the dock, and with a sightseeing boat sticking out nearby, giving us a rather close quarters situation, Capt. Jamie slid her right in as effortlessly as if our slip was wide open.


Spencer’s particular knack for building a boat results in a sleek, well-proportioned profile all wrapped around an impressive performance package. From the front of the house on aft, to the shape and size of the windows, to the sweep of the overhang, no two Spencer boats are the same.

A view from the bridge, Spencer Yachts style.

A view from the bridge, Spencer Yachts style. Photo: Capt. Ken Kreisler

With the 66-foot Alpha Bravo, a 74 named Flight Plan, Inappropriate, a 69-footer, and Gratitude, which measures 62 feet along with several more in the works, you’re going to be seeing a lot more Spencer Yachts on the tourney circuit in the near future. And that’s a good thing.

Spencer Yachts, Inc.
31 Beverly Drive, Wanchese, NC 27981
252-473-6567  |  252-473-6568

Performance Data

RPM                        GPH                    SPD/kt

1000                        16                        10.0
1250                        26                        17.0
1500                        40                        23.0
1750                        60                        29.0
2000                        80                        34.5
2200                        100                      37.5
2340 (WOT)            120                      39.5

As tested with 2 x 1,150-hp C18 Caterpillar diesels.

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CapKenPurpose Built

F&S scores again with a serious 75-foot fishing machine equipped with head turning good looks and luxurious accommodations.

Story and photographs by Capt. Ken Kreisler

In the realm of big custom sport fishing boats, Blue Time is all about power, performance, and outstanding amenities.

In the realm of big custom sport fishing boats, Blue Time is all about power, performance, and outstanding amenities.

Blue Time, the latest 75-footer from prestigious Delaware-based F&S Boatworks is a single-minded, impeccably built custom boat whose function and purpose, in fact the very reason she was launched, is to be a viable player on the fishing circuit.

“When it comes to fishing, luxurious accommodations, and everything else we would need, we did as much aboard as we could do,” said Capt. Bill Wieteha. “As much as we could and more.”

A Miami native, Capt. Bill has been with Blue Time’s owner through two previous production boats. “He’s very competitive as is his circle of sail fishing friends and we were looking for a boat that could fill that need.”

In between their visits to other builders, a 72-foot F&S named Momo came into their homeport at the Cocoplums Yacht Club in Coral Gables, Florida. That visit and the ensuing getting-to-know-you-time resulted in a phone call to Jim Floyd, the company’s inspirational founding force and a respected industry personality, at F&S. Finding out a 75 jig was available, they came to terms and Blue Time was contracted to be built.


Form ever follows function is the phrase that easily comes to mind when either admiring Blue Time’s lines as she sits in the dock or even better, underway. Her design, shape, and very profile are first and foremost based on her intended purpose.

Low, sleek, and appearing as if in constant motion, she is in perfect proportion to her length and visually, whether from the landing strip foredeck, the gentle slope of the house with its familiar black brow, to the open bridge design with its massive, and fully functional, Palm Beach tower and substantial hydraulically-operated Rupp ‘riggers, and finally to her cockpit and transom, everything about Blue Time is in harmony and balance. And even up on the bow, her removable casting station and flush-mounted livewell makes sense.


Blue Time’s owner wanted the kind of creature comforts only a big boat could supply. And with Capt. Bill working closely with the F&S designers and planners, the accommodations layout delivers on all counts.

 While her exterior profile shows off her well-balanced design, Blue Time's interior is just as exciting.

While her exterior profile shows off her well-balanced design, Blue Time‘s interior is just as exciting.

Entering from the cockpit mezzanine through an actuated sliding door, and directly to starboard is a day head. “This was a necessity for us,” said Capt. Bill. “The last thing you want on a boat like this is a crew of fishermen trailing through the salon with blood, guts, and scales all over them.”

The expansive salon has C-shape seating to port with a Release-built, custom teak table featuring storage below. “They made it so we could have this space for taking meals as well,” Capt. Bill demonstrated as he showed me how easily it transforms into a dining platform. Forward is the fully found galley and opposite, a spacious dinette under which is an electrically operated rod storage drawer. Of particular note here is the distinctive overhead cutout that adds an effective and special design statement to the area. A beautiful wood console houses a 75” HD television, electrical panel, bar, and as everywhere aboard, contains extra storage spaces.

The full beam master offers comfort in luxurious surroundings.

The full beam master offers comfort in luxurious surroundings.

Blue Time has a four stateroom, five head layout with a full beam master; one that has its own 75” HD television as well. And no matter where I visited in the accommodations areas, I found superior woodwork, excellent headroom, fastidious attention to details, more than ample space for all fishing tackle and gear, including a dedicated walk-in closet forward of the galley for kites and related equipment.

Capt. Bill also made particular note of the electronics and a.v. wiring. And after looking around inside the various dedicated cabinets and closets, I could see why. All Hooked Up Electronics owner Koby Money gave Blue Time the kind of wiring job that is second to none, affording the system-savvy captain, or technician, unfettered access to any work or maintenance that may be required.


“We do a lot of live bait fishing, perhaps eighty percent of the time, so we wanted to make her, and as big as she is, complete with some innovations we feel many of the other rigs do not have,” Capt. Bill said as we reviewed the inventory list of fishing amenities.

Among other tourney equipment, Blue Time's business end features a 170 square foot teak cockpit with a pair of removable live wells to either side of her custom Release chair.

Among other tourney equipment, Blue Time‘s business end features a 170 square foot teak cockpit with a pair of removable live wells to either side of her custom Release chair.

He had the transom designed for a pair of 55-gallon live wells with the ability to run both with just one pump. The wells can also be pressurized while the boat is running to prevent any sloshing around in a big sea and injuring or killing the bait.

To either side of a state-of-the-art Release chair, with its custom reel seating back, one that Capt. Bill had designed, were a pair of above deck fiberglass wells. “I supplied those through my own company, Miami-based Offshore Bait Solutions specifically for Blue Time and, if switching over to let’s say marlin fishing, we can break them down, including all the plumbing, and store everything elsewhere in a matter of minutes.”

Other features of the 170 square foot cockpit includes the mezzanine seating area, tackle storage, three large stainless steel lined freezers, a pair of KEP networked monitors, a Freeman watertight lazarette hatch, tuna tubes in aft bait wells, and Eskimo ice maker among many other accessories.


There are eleven rocket launchers up on the aft rail of the bridge and three Release pedestal seats. And that’s just for openers. “We’re doing a lot of kite fishing right now,” Capt. Bill said. “So I had Palm Beach Towers put a center grommet here for me to just clip my line to. It’s a small thing but comes in real handy for us.”

With her busy fishing schedule, being able to transition quickly over to species-specific techniques is an important ability for the crew. There are spreaders all the way around on the tower and the entire area around the boat can be lit up at night for dipping bait. And when I climbed to the top, I found a gray painted platform underfoot to cut down on glare, all the antennas placed topside, and all the controls, wheel, and equipment set just right to allow Capt. Bill to have optimum visuals while fishing.

The island-style helm is well laid out with all Garmin screens, throttles, radios and electric teaser reels in overhead, and all switches within easy sight and reach. There is plenty of seating for guests and of course, the requisite storage areas, freezer and drink compartments beneath


Abundant room makes this engine space as special as they come for any kind of maintenance and service.

Abundant room makes this engine space as special as they come for any kind of maintenance and service.

Big boat, big engine room, big space to move around in. There’s no argument here; with a 75-foot length and 20’9” of beam, Blue Time has the kind of engine room that offers space, space, and more space. From the considerably sized 2,600-hp MTU mains, to the pair of 32-kW Cummins Onan gensets, to the M26000 Seakeeper gyro mounted in its own custom made cradle on the centerline and forward of the engines, to all of the pumps, water management and air conditioning systems, to the battery banks and electricals, FCI 1,200 gpd watermaker, and any and all critical maintenance and service areas, I found ample room to swing any kind of tool without getting into any knuckle-busting, elbow twisting, head banging, or body-contorting situation. And of course, it’s all brightly lit and faired and finished off as meticulously as is her flawless Allcraft White 2000 painted hull.


Blue Time’s build took around 20 months and as with all boats of her class, there were challenges to be met including keeping all the necessary headroom and supplying the large storage spaces aboard, especially those associated with her fishing profile.

She is built using diagonal planked Okoume plywood, three ¼” layers on the sides, three ½” on the bottom, with one extra layer of ½” on the bottom of the engine room. Next comes one complete layer of 17-ounce biaxial cloth between the second and third layers of plywood after which two complete layers of that same cloth are placed on the entire exterior of the hull. A layer of 12-ounce of Kevlar covers the bottom and another layer of 17-ounce is placed on the complete interior from the chines down. All the stringers, shear, chines, and keel are constructed of clear, vertical grain Douglas fir while the topsides, from the shear up, are of Corecell and biaxial cloth.


Running on her variable deadrise bottom with longitudinal steps, a design derived from Floyd’s SeaCraft days and one that he has adapted and evolved over the years to the sportfish sector, Blue Time is a spirited performer. A pair of M94 2,600-hp MTU diesels, turning 38 x 56 Veem Interceptor 5-blade wheels, powers her.

Blue Time turned in impressive performance numbers and offered nimble handling during all phases of my sea trial.

Blue Time turned in impressive performance numbers and offered nimble handling during all phases of my sea trial.

Being a release rather than a pressure design, the effect is a somewhat softer ride due to the aeration along the steps as pockets of air are trapped between the hull and the surface by those steps. That is transferred to the hull as it moves through the water. And while test day saw calm seas with only a slight breeze of no consequence, Capt. Bill, on his delivery run, did comment on her ability to cut through head-on and quartering waves and excellent stability with following seas.

She jumped quickly up out of the hole and settled into an impressive 37-knot cruise speed at 2000 rpm, a 40+knot turn at 2150 rpm, and flirted with almost 46 knots of speed with the throttles pinned. With the multi-keel effect of the vertical surfaces of the steps, she displayed superior directional stability and tracked straight and true during flat out speed runs.


So far, and since her launching in late December 2014, Blue Time has participated in the Sailfish 400, the Sailfish Challenge, and the upcoming Jimmy Johnson; perhaps, if their schedule allows, the Key West Tournament, some marlin fishing in the Abacos, possibly the Custom Boat Shootout, maybe a BBC or two, and a handful of others.

“That’s what we’re all about,” said Capt. Bill. With a boat like Blue Time, I couldn’t agree more.


LOA: 75.0’
Beam: 20’9”
Weight: 93,000 lbs. (dry)
Fuel: 2,800 gal.
Water: 400 gal.
Engines: 2 x 2,600-hp M94 MTU diesels

RPM                        GPH                      SPEED/kt
1500                        95                          26.1
1700                        120                        30.4
1850                        148                        33.8
2000                        160                        37.1
2150                        192                        40.1
2450 (WOT)            249                        45.8

Tested with 2 x 2,600-hp M94 MTU diesels

F&S Boatworks, 353 Summit Pointe Circle, Bear, DE 19701. 303 838-5500. http://www.f&
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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.


“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)


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.


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.”


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.


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?”


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.


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.


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.


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;

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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Jarrett Bay Boatworks Delivers on a Tall Order

43 Hardtop Express Raises the Roof on Custom Sportfish Design

Jarrett Bay 43 HTX

Over the years, Randy Ramsey and his crew at Jarrett Bay Boatworks has consistently pushed the envelope in custom sportfish design with boats that are not only beautiful to look at but fulfill all the requirements of a horizon-chasing, blue water tournament boat.

Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently delivered custom hull # 53, a 43’ Hardtop Express headed to bring a little Carolina Flare® to the Northeast Canyons. After compiling an impressive boat ownership resume of production and custom craft up to 80’, the owner of Jarrett Bay’s newest launch “Gregarious” brought an extensive custom wish list to the company’s designers and craftsmen. Always up for a unique challenge Jarrett Bay accommodated the owner’s towering height by elevating the hardtop to provide a comfortable head clearance when he is standing at the interior helm station. Interior arrangements were also elongated for added comfort in the cabin.

cockpit controlWith an intent focus on the business-end of this Jarrett Bay, the owner & captain’s cockpit order definitely did not fall short on any detail. Ensuring access to the twin 600hp Cummins QSC motors and Zeus pod drives did not encroach on deck space, the 43HTX’s hydraulic cockpit decklift delivers in both form & state-of-the-art function. Making the most out of all spaces, the mezzanine not only serves as a comfort station complete with an ice maker and drink coolers, it also provides bait storage and functions as an aft helm station with pod joystick controls in a recessed compartment. Also serving double-duty is the stern fishbox that doubles as a live well. Keeping the aft deck space clear of clutter from head to toe, the electric teaser reels are flush mounted into the cabin overhang, and a low-footprint Release Marine Battle Saddle perfectly complements Jarrett Bay’s finely crafted teak cockpit accents, as well as the custom metal, CNC-cut Jarrett Bay logo drain covers.

hydraulic cockpitRaising the cockpit floor, an Alexseal® premium yacht finish adorns one of the most accessible engine room spaces for a boat of this size. In addition to the power package & pod drive system, an ISO boost unit, watermaker and Cummins Onan Generator are all positioned for convenient reach.

Look down after dusk, and you’ll find your own aquarium forming around custom underwater transom LED lights. Walk forward safely using a hidden finger rail on the cabin sides to access the custom anchor pulpit and windlass, and look back at the wide-view wrap-around windows with wipers for maximum visibility in unfavorable conditions. Look up to find FLIR technology, custom LED tower lights, pod joystick controls, teaser reel remote, and actuated storage drawers all conveniently accessible in the buggy top.

salon/helmWalking in the cabin door, you step into a dual-functioning helm and saloon space wrapped in the richness of custom book-matched cherry veneer and trim accents. Notably used by Cadillac as their interior accent wood for its perfect balance of luxury and durability, Sapele is matched with maple on the floors with a satin finish throughout. Sapele lumber runners are also used in the headliner to provide a luxurious accent, and to help make the cabin space feel even larger. Two Stidd helm chairs with a matching electronics dash wrap are the foundation for the interior driving station with pod joystick controls. Guests can keep the captain company in a Jarrett Bay signature bucket seat and sofa with dry storage underneath; or lend a hand in the well-appointed galley with hidden Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer units, a hidden microwave and maximized storage space and cabinetry.

hand-carved sinkBuilt with canyon overnighters and extended Caribbean cruising in mind, the Jarrett Bay 43 HTX comfortably sleeps four in a forward queen berth stateroom and a side-by-side bunk room beneath saloon. This unique bunk room bonus space is afforded due to the smaller footprint needed for the engine room thanks to the compact pod drives. The queen bed lifts for custom rod storage, and hanging and storage lockers are found centrally and on the outboard hull sides.

Jarrett Bay 43 HTXKeeping things custom all the way into the head, here you will find a hand-carved, high-gloss Sapele sink and matching counter top, custom wallpaper and a teak trimmed, seamless glass shower entrance.

Wrapping it all up in a shiny Alexseal Kingston Grey coated hull, a Josh Everett Nautical Designs hand-painted transom, and topped off with a custom buggy top, the “Gregarious” is ready to share the quality, passion and dedication of Jarrett Bay’s custom Carolina construction with all she may encounter.

43’ Jarrett Bay Boatworks Hardtop Express Hull 53 Specifications

Jarrett Bay 43 HTX
Length Overall:
14’ 6”

3’ 10”

Freshwater Capacity:
100 gal.

Fuel Capacity:
620 gal.

Weight Displacement (fully loaded):
35,750 lbs.

Dry Weight:
29,770 lbs.

600hp Cummins QSC8.3
with Zeus Pod Drives

Cruise Speed:
31.8 kts.

Cruise Fuel Burn:
44.6 gph

Top Speed:
36.8 kts.


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Dock Buzz

                    HATTERAS YACHTS LOOKS EAST

The iconic American sportfish builder inks an agreement with European SNO Yachts.

                                    By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Since it appeared on the scene in 1959, and led by its no-nonsense and visionary founder Willis Slane, Hatteras Yachts has continued to be in the forefront of sportfish design and technology.

With such innovations as full hull infusion, its GT Series of sportfish yachts, and a newly designed motoryacht line up, led by the 100 RPH, New Bern, North Carolina-based Hatteras Yachts is an industry leader.

Hatteras/CABO President John Ward.

Hatteras/CABO President John Ward.

Recently, and with the same determination that continues to drive the iconic builder forward, Hatteras Yachts has launched Hatteras Yachts Europe. This joint venture with SNO Yachts, its dealer for Italy, France and Monte Carlo, will see SNO oversee the distribution of the Hatteras boat range across Europe.

“This partnership will allow us to be the official voice of Hatteras in 32 European countries, providing customer service and an exclusive and direct contact with the American shipyard,” comments Andrea Pirro, president of SNO Yachts. To commemorate the event, the GT63 will be available for the first time Europe and be at both the 2014 Cannes and Genoa boat shows.

The awesome GT63 will be available in Europe for the first time.

The awesome GT63 will be available in Europe for the first time.

“SNO Yachts is an important partner for us and a significant way to show our appreciation will be the degree of independence with which the brand Hatteras Yachts Europe will be promoted,” commented John Ward, president of Hatteras Yachts.

The SNO team is ready for its new partnership with Hatteras Yachts.

The SNO team is ready for its new partnership with Hatteras Yachts.

SNO Yachts is based in Olbia, in Sardinia, Italy. Other locations include Porto Cervo, Porto Rotondo, Puntaldia, Roma, La Spezia, Lavagna, Lignano, and Monte Carlo.

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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Dock Buzz


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DSC_1255Henriques 50

This essential model from the New Jersey-based builder is a breed apart…as is her proud owner.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Dr. Mike Harrer will be the first to tell you how he feels about his Henriques 50 flybridge sportfish boat. In fact, Dr. Mike will tell you how he feels about almost anything that concerns his Henriques 50 flybridge sportfish without you even asking.

Family, dedication to his work, and being aboard his 50' Henriques makes Dr. Mike a very happy man.

Family, dedication to his work, and being aboard his 50′ Henriques makes Dr. Mike a very happy man.

You see, Dr. Mike, an orthopedic surgeon by trade and an uber-serious offshore fisherman by choice, is as gregarious, outgoing, personable, genuine, welcoming, social…well I think you get the picture here…as any boat owner I’ve met in all the years I’ve been walking down gangways and hopping aboard their boats for a day out on the water—and yes, sometimes much longer.

“I tell you what Ken,” he said, the unmistakable excitement in his voice almost jumping through the ether separating our cell phones. “You get here, oh let’s say about 2 a.m. on Saturday and with the weather window I’m looking at, we can make a run out to the Canyon for some tuna fishing. Drive down the night before and you can stay at my house in Ocean City. Or, you could bunk on the boat.” I was ready to jump at that like a cutting billfish ignoring the cockpit teasers and heading right for the school of goggle eyes running from either flat line.

However, for this invite, and in the words of the Bard, the time was truly out of joint. With a host of prior commitments, the kind that would, could, absolutely not be moved around no way, no how, I had to settle with meeting up with Dr. Mike and his crew of loyal fisherman friends, early the next morning for a post-offshore get together, some quality time away from the dock, and lots of Henriques 50 talk. Also along for the day would be Manny Costa, who along with sisters Maria and Natalia Henriques run the company, was taking the perfect opportunity to show her off to a couple of prospective buyers.

Henriques' no-nonsense approach to both design and construction results in a sportfishing boat that is able to run with the best of them.

Henriques’ no-nonsense approach to both design and construction results in a sportfishing boat that is able to run with the best of them.

From my vantage point on the dock, Henriques’ no nonsense, straightforward DSC_2060_2approach is quite obvious, including the distinctive ‘gill-slit’ louver system air intakes up on the house sides, this to cut down on any water or spray finding its way into the engine room.

The family owned company, founded in 1977 by Jack Henriques, a fifth generation Portuguese boat builder who emigrated to the U.S. while a young man and quickly saw the opportunity to deliver his kind of fishing boat to the hard-core angling market, has given the flagship 50 a bulldog tough appearance that is quickly confirmed once you step aboard. Solid underfoot, with no deck flexing found anywhere, with beefy hardware, thick rails, and grabs, it is in what you can’t see that the success story of the build is found.

“People know that we build our boats for serious offshore work and even those who buy them for cruising instead of fishing, have the same kind of confidence being aboard that the tournament owners have,” Costa said.

The hand laid fiberglass Dr. Bones features a solid bottom, sandwiched between two layers on either side of vinlyester resin up to the waterline, with Divinycell foam coring for the hull sides, house, and decks. The stringer system is made out of high density foam, encapsulated in glass, with multi cross members and bulkheads, especially underneath the forward floor where there are additional structures. And with only two parts to the boat, that being the hull and the topsides, joined together and thru-bolted, with 5200 adhesive added before being glassed over, the result is a strong, tough, solid structure.

“With our interiors, there is no set plan and nothing is pre-made,” said Costa as we spent some time looking around. “Our semi-custom profile allows us wide flexibility; for example, the two or three layouts that we may present can be mixed and matched according to what a particular owner wants and needs, including fabrics, woods, and finishes.”

Bones, for example, features a two-stateroom two head layout with the forepeak arranged as over/under bunks with a removable insert allowing for a queen size berth. It was easy to see how four could sleep comfortably here.

The master is to starboard with Dr. Mike opting for the port side galley-down configuration where a third stateroom would go. He wanted maximum room in the main deck salon for his 75-year-old father and fellow anglers to spread out, be comfortable, and even grab a bunk on the 23” wide couches if necessary, each, by the way, with an abundant amount of storage space below for rods and other gear.

One of Dr. Mike's must-have items was plenty of rod storage. Here, in the salon, as almost anywhere they could, Henriques found space for this all-important request.

One of Dr. Mike’s must-have items was plenty of rod storage. Here, in the salon, as almost anywhere they could, Henriques found space for this all-important request.

Indeed, throughout this Henriques 50, where fishing related storage is a must, it was something Costa and his crew delivered on big time. “I probably have room for four dozen rigged rods and reels and all my other fishing related stuff,” Dr. Mike beamed as he opened up closet after closet and space after space on the bridge, main, and accommodations decks, proudly showing me where he kept the trappings of his passion. “For me, it was the perfect fit.”

In the Henriques’ style of building, when the hull is about 50% fitted with the boat’s main machinery, the deck goes on before the rest of the equipment, such as the battery banks, pumps, and compressors, is placed. “In this way, we can really see what is already accessible and what else needs to be. It should not be an afterthought,” Costa said.

The engine room aboard Dr. Bones has been designed as a hands-on, easily accessible work space.

The engine room has been designed as a hands-on, easily accessible work space.

During my time in this most important space, I found this to be true as all critical maintenance areas are quite easy to get to with plenty of room to swing tools should that be necessary without getting into any knuckle-busting or finger jamming situations. There’s even enough clearance to get to both outboard sides of either of the two 1,015-hp Caterpillar C-18 Acert diesel engines.

Besides the all-important accessibility, the entire space, including the lazarette, is gel coated but not before being prepared with vinylester resin and sanded down no less than three times before being ready for finishing. The compartments forward and aft of the engine room are fully watertight and there are five bilge pumps aboard and crash pumps on the engines as well. And the main, centerline fuel tank, a T-shape, 750-gallon affair that shoots across under the cockpit fish boxes, as well as the port and starboard saddle tanks, are molded in fiberglass, following every shape of the bottom as possible. “When things get low on that main tank, a simple transfer pump switch at the helm will get the fuel back in,” Costa pointed out.

The boat is made for one purpose; fishing. And to that end, she is outfitted with just what you would expect from a tourney-ready Henriques boat.

The bridge layout on Dr. Bones is just what Dr. Mike needs for what he does and the crew he takes with him.

The bridge layout on Dr. Bones is just what Dr. Mike needs for what he does and the crew he takes with him.

“It’s so well prepared for what I do, that even for the one or two times a year that my wife comes out for a ride and some lunch, she doesn’t have to see all the fishing gear here and there. When not offshore, my rods, reels, tackle and gear are just where they are supposed to be; stored safely away,” Dr. Mike said. “The only reason I have this boat is for the grace of my wife,” he added with affection. “And for that, I am eternally grateful to Manny and his crew.”

Coming out of a 38’ Henriques, one he owned for 13 years, and, spoiled from the size of the cockpit—140 square feet—he would never settle for anything but that kind of space relative to his next boat.

The ample tackle center is located below the mezzanine couch and is a focal point of the boat's business end.

Located below the mezzanine couch, the ample tackle center is a focal point of the boat’s business end.

To that end, Bones has 185 square feet of fish-fighting cockpit space with a pair of suitable in-sole fish boxes, refrigerated of course, a transom live well and large, walk-thru fish door, custom chair, a mezzanine with loads of drawer and cabinet space for a veritable overabundance of just about everything and anything the crew might need for whatever quarry they are seeking. There is even a cockpit steering station located to starboard enabling the captain—actually Dr. Mike—should he want/need to—be right in on the deck action. Access to the aforementioned engine room is also found here as well.

While she bristles with the tools of her trade, these bridge rocket launchers, for example, show off the kind of robust quality found everywhere aboard this 50 Henriques.

While she bristles with the tools of her trade, these bridge rocket launchers, for example, show off the kind of robust quality found everywhere aboard this 50 Henriques.

Following the no-nonsense, practical approach that defines the Henriques build, the bridge, outfitted with a pair of custom pedestal seats, features a pair of teaser reels in the overhead, Rupp 32’, double spreader ‘riggers, full enclosure, all that rod storage below the forward seats and forward bridge compartment, and a rack of rocket launchers aft that is as robust any I’ve seen, even on larger sportfish boats. And the helm console is well laid out with all the space necessary for whatever electronics you may wish to have installed.

The cockpit's starboard steering station allows Dr. Mike to be right in the action.

The cockpit’s starboard steering station allows Dr. Mike access to all the action.

With a mostly calm day on the waters off of Atlantic City, New Jersey, courtesy of a kind westerly wind, I was only able to judge her sea keeping abilities in those conditions. She had a nice 31-knot turn of speed at 2000 rpm with an average fuel burn of 74 gph. When bumped up to 2400, we noted 36 knots while hitting the tanks for 86 gph. “It’s nice to know I have it if I need it,” Dr. Mike reported. “A couple of times, coming back from offshore, we had big seas on the nose for almost eight or so hours. I’m glad I had this boat under me.”

Dr. Mike took delivery of his boat in late July, 2013 and after a couple of shakedown trips, headed her bow towards the horizon in August and made no less than nine, highly successful, offshore expeditions over the following 10 weeks. Built New Jersey strong, and with the kind of amenities that makes her a serious competitor whether on the tourney circuit or taking the family and friends out for a day of action, the Henriques 50 is the kind of sportfish boat that will create her own storm of excitement in your world. Just ask Dr. Mike.

L.O.A – 50′
Beam 16′ 6″
Draft – 56″
Fuel – 1,000 gal
Water – 160 gal
Displacement – 50,000 lbs
Generator – Onan 15-kW

RPM                           KNOTS                     TOTAL GPH
1000                                    11.2                           14.0
1200                                    13.5                           25.0
1400                                    17.5                           36.0
1600                                    22.0                           50.0
1800                                    26.5                           64.0
1900                                    28.8                           66.0
2000                                    31.0                           74.0
2100                                    31.8                           84.2
2200                                    35.0                           86.0
2300                                    36.0                           92.0
2334                                    36.1                           96.0

Fuel consumption is based on (2) engines at any given RPM. Speed and ranges, if any, 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.

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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Sea Trials


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Sneak Peek: Jarrett Bay 46

Along the coastline, there’s an untamed wildness born of wind, weather, and water that has as much shaped the physical environment of North Carolina’s Outer Banks as it has those who call this most beautiful part of the country home.

Roanoke Island. Wanchese. Manteo. Oregon Inlet. Beaufort. Just some of the names of places that constantly resonate with the whisper of salt air carried across walking dunes and marshes still populated with dense spartina grass. And more often than not, there is the seductive siren’s song and challenge of pursuing big fish in the deep waters of the ever-present ocean.

It’s no wonder there is a special enclave of boat builders centered here; individuals who took up that challenge and, using their own passion, vision, and artistry, created boats that could not only handle the offshore conditions but were truly, one-of-a-kind works of their art.

Randy Ramsey, President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks. "I'm very fortunate to be doing what I do."

Randy Ramsey, President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks. “I’m very fortunate to be doing what I do.”

Randy Ramsey started Jarrett Bay Boatworks in an old tin shed in 1986. Since then, he has become the anchor occupant of a 175-acre marine industrial park with 35 acres of deepwater frontage, three travel lifts with up to 220-ton capacity, a complete indoor repair facility with over 20,000 square-feet under one roof, a climate-controlled paint facility, the Jarrett Bay Boatworks Marina, marine supply, salvage and metal fabrication, and a 45,000 square foot new construction facility. One of the truly respected builders in this sector of the industry, Ramsey will be the last to extol his virtues: “It’s all about the people around me. That’s what we stand on, are most proud of, and will always be that way.”

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The 175 acre Jarrett Bay Boatworks Industrial Park at ICW mile marker #198 is located in Beaufort, North Carolina.

The 77' Blank Check shows off her Carolina flare.

Hull #56, the 77′ Blank Check, launched in June of 2013, shows off her Carolina flare. (See the full review of this boat in the Boat & Yacht Report’s SEA TRIALS posting.)

I have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with Randy over all the years I have been a marine journalist and always look forward to sharing news from him. One of his latest projects has just begun to take shape.Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently began construction on Hull # 61, a 46’ Walk-Around Express set to deliver in 2015. The most recent build to commence, this custom sportfish will be powered by Cat C-18s with conventional propulsion. To be used as a tender and day fishing boat by her owner, an innovative transom shape has been designed to achieve bar-raising back-down performance while fighting a major bite from her expansive 122 sq. ft. cockpit.

Jarrett Bay renderings show off the new boat's profile and deck layout.

Jarrett Bay renderings show off the new boat’s profile and deck layout.

The new transom shape – being kept under lock and key for now, combined with Jarrett Bay’s proven hull design will represent the ultimate refinement of shapes and lifting surfaces optimized to enhance the boat’s exceptional power-to-weight ratio. In addition to time on the water being maximized for her new owner, they will also earn a premium in the used boat market when they are ready to move up to their next Jarrett Bay as demand for more efficient boats tops the search criteria for buyers.

Cold molded construction is how Jarrett Bay builds all its boats. Here, the new 46 hull starts to take shape.

Cold molded construction is how Jarrett Bay builds all its boats. Here, the new 46′ hull starts to take shape.

Next to peak performance, the secondary objective for this build is 360-degree fishability and visibility. The 46’ Walk-Around Express delivers beyond-ample open-view seating with twin captain’s chairs, and bench seating center-to-port and along the starboard side of the helm. Whether the action is in the cockpit or walks an angler to the bow, guests can be in the moment with a mezzanine sofa aft and Jarrett Bay’s signature bucket seats with built-in cup holders in the bow.

The proposed layout of the Jarrett Bay 46 Open Express.

The proposed layout of the Jarrett Bay 46 Open Express.

This 46’ layout offers up thoughtfully designed storage for rods, tackle & provisions in every possible space. Under the mezzanine bench and raised deck, you’ll find two ice boxes, a drink box, tackle drawers, bait trays, gaff tubes and rod storage. In the cockpit, twin 60” x 24” fish boxes parallel the fighting chair that faces the live well with two tuna tubes in the transom.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for this latest build from Jarrett Bay and hopefully, get out for a ride, and perhaps some fishing, when she splashes. In the meantime, if you need any further information on this or any of the other fine designs from a very special builder, contact Randy at


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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Dock Buzz


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