Jarrett Bay Boatworks http://www.jarrettbay.com Custom Sport Fishing Yachts & Full Service Facility Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:55:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 66196784 Big Rock Tournament Announces Jarrett Bay as Official Major Sponsor http://www.jarrettbay.com/2017/01/big-rock-tournament-announces-jarrett-bay-official-major-sponsor/ http://www.jarrettbay.com/2017/01/big-rock-tournament-announces-jarrett-bay-official-major-sponsor/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:55:07 +0000 http://www.jarrettbay.com/?p=22269 The post Big Rock Tournament Announces Jarrett Bay as Official Major Sponsor appeared first on Jarrett Bay Boatworks.


Globally Recognized Boat Builder Steps into the Presenting Sponsor Role

Jarrett Bay Boatworks
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The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament board of directors announced Wednesday that Jarrett Bay Boatworks, a premier builder of custom sportfishing boats in North Carolina, has been named the official Major Sponsor for 2017, 2018 and 2019 tournament seasons.

“Jarrett Bay Boatworks is a leader in the custom sportfish construction industry and among the most globally recognized boating brands for their iconic “Carolina Flare” styling. As such great ambassadors for our sport, and long history of supporting the Big Rock, we couldn’t be more excited to have them step into the Presenting Sponsor role,” said tournament director, Crystal Hesmer.

“We are grateful to have this association with Jarrett Bay”, commented Billy Kornegay, Big Rock President. “Randy has not only served tirelessly on the board but has contributed a substantial amount of effort to the growth in sponsorship and participants. We could not be more pleased to see Jarrett Bay as our Major Sponsor.”

Owner, Randy Ramsey has served on the Big Rock board for more than 30 years and has been a strong leader in placing Big Rock on the forefront of world-class fishing tournaments.

“The Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament holds so much meaning for me personally. The years of excitement I enjoyed as a charter captain in the 80’s trolling for that big purse, to what has evolved into a Lifetime Membership on the Big Rock Board of Directors, and now professionally today to be in the grateful position of advancing Jarrett Bay’s long-standing sponsorship contribution to the highest level as a Presenting Sponsor. I can’t think of a better way for me to show my appreciation for how much this tournament has done to foster so many treasured friendships, great business for my company and our family of 170+ employees, and most notably, the significant charitable impact our collective support of this event has made within our communities near & far. I’m excited about all of the fun & good things that Jarrett Bay’s Presenting Sponsorship will help give rise to in the coming years!” commented Randy Ramsey, owner Jarrett Bay Boatworks.

As part of the comprehensive Presenting Sponsorship package, Jarrett Bay Boatworks will receive top billing on the coveted annual Big Rock official t-shirt, on commercial advertising and on all print collateral and social media. In addition, Jarrett Bay stands proudly beside us with our charitable contributions, among a host of other benefits aligned with our national and on-site marketing plans.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament began in 1957 with a purse of $250 silver dollars and celebrated a record purse of $1,914,100 in 2016. Since it began, Big Rock has donated over $4.3 million dollars to charity.

Big Rock and Jarrett Bay will work together to further the upward spiral of a successful tournament and to expand Big Rock’s charitable giving for worthy organizations across the county and state.

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Get Registered for the 54th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament http://www.jarrettbay.com/2017/01/get-registered-54th-annual-buccaneer-cup-sailfish-release-tournament/ http://www.jarrettbay.com/2017/01/get-registered-54th-annual-buccaneer-cup-sailfish-release-tournament/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:27:55 +0000 http://www.jarrettbay.com/?p=21907 The post Get Registered for the 54th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament appeared first on Jarrett Bay Boatworks.


January 19 – 21, 2017

Be sure to save the date and get registered for the 54th Annual Buccaneer Cup in South Florida. This release only tournament benefits the Recreational Fishing Alliance – an organization whose legislative and regulatory work has made great strides to protect and rebuild billfish stocks all while protecting your right to fish. Join us in supporting this great cause and enjoy 2 days of action-packed fishing with the opportunity to win several generous payouts!

Buccaneer Cup

Register before January 15th and save $750 off the onsite entry fee – all monies raised by this tournament are donated to the Recreational Fishing Alliance!

The mandatory Captain’s Meeting will be held at Sailfish Marina starting at 4pm on January 19th and includes food, open bar, music and fun. Fishing days are January 20th and 21st and boats can depart from and return to either Lake Worth or Jupiter Inlets. Review the complete rules now.

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When I was a young man I would often ask my dad why time moved so slowly. I remember him telling me that as I got older time would go by a lot faster. While I couldn’t understand that concept as a youngster, it has become very clear to me now.

Where have the last 30 years gone? It seems like only yesterday we were cleaning out an old building in Williston, full of dreams and a passion to build what would become Sensation. Since that day 30 years ago we have made mistakes, learned lessons, celebrated victories, mourned the loss of loved ones and built friendships that will last a lifetime. We have formed a service yard that takes care of nearly 1,000 customers each year and currently have embarked on the most aggressive builds in our history – the 46’ Grander, 84’ Blank Check, 90’ Project Ireland and the 67’ Privateer. Each boat is a departure from what we or others have done, but each one helps us improve and ask ourselves how we can do things better each day. We have developed a marine industrial park, started a clothing company, opened retail stores, reestablished the East’ard marine parts store and joined forces as a partner with Bluewater Yacht Sales.

As we celebrate 30 years in business my mind tends to remember the hard times. Whether it was the economy, growing pains of a small company, or something we had to fix when we thought we had a “better” way to do it. In each instance, I can also remember a person, or several people, that were willing to help us get through that situation. I remember the hundreds of people who believed in us, just like we did when we started that first boat. I will forever be grateful for the faith they had in us, and continue to have, every time we say “I have a great idea!” I am personally humbled that people give me credit for building this company, but in the end, everyone who has ever worked for us or entrusted us to build or repair a boat is part of the family that deserves that honor.

Recently I saw a few minutes of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and saw “Believe” on the front of the building. What a fitting word for our last 30 years! I am thankful so many of you believed in us, and my hope is that during this Christmas season you will find time to believe in yourself, each other, family, friends, co-workers and in the good in others. If we take the time to do that, and take a chance, there is no telling what we might inspire others to do.

I look forward to the next 30 years at Jarrett Bay and hope you have a blessed Christmas!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
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The new 64-footer from Jarrett Bay has a massive electronics network

From Marlin Magazine

The electronics suite on Builder’s Choice includes 27 different products, from navigation to digital media components.

Scott Gordy works for Offshore Marine in North Carolina. The company is the primary electronics installer for many custom-boat brands, including Jarrett Bay. On the boat manufacturer’s new 64-foot Builder’s Choice, Gordy and his team installed a long list of electronics components for the boat’s custom suite.

“On sport-fishers like Jarrett Bay’s Builder’s Choice, we used Garmin GPSMap 8600 series glass helm displays, a GSD 26 chirp sounder and open array radar, and we networked Garmin’s Meteor 300 audio into that,” he said.

The boat’s captain wanted to keep a Northstar 952X chart plotter from his previous boat and install a Simrad AP28 autopilot he was intimately familiar with. Gordy also was tasked to bring high-definition TV, Blu-ray, shore-based Wi-Fi and satellite Wi-Fi access to the vessel. To do so, he added a Denon AVR-X4100W receiver, Apple TV and a Sony BDP-s1500 Blu-ray player. He also installed a Vizio smart TV and a Samsung 6350 48-inch TV for satellite and streaming TV.

The Equipment List

  • Navigation package
  • Garmin 8215 displays (2)
  • Garmin GMR 1226 radar
  • Garmin GSD 26 chirp sounder
  • Garmin 19X GPS antennas (2)
  • Garmin AIS 600
  • Garmin GXM 52 weather
  • Garmin Wi-Fi
  • Garmin Meteor 300 stereo with MS-NRX200i remote
  • JL Audio M400/4 amp
  • JL Audio 650 speakers (6)
  • FLIR M-Series camera
  • Simrad AP28 autopilot
  • Simrad Taiyo TD-L1550A direction finder
  • Northstar 952X
  • Icom M506 VHFs (2)
  • SiTex SST-110 sea water temp gauge
  • Salon
  • Denon AVR-X4100W receiver
  • Sony BDP-S1500 Blu-ray
  • Apple TV
  • Wave WiFi Rogue Wave Pro
  • Netgear router
  • Samsung 48” 6350 TV
  • Motivated Designs TV lift
  • Vizio 28” TV
  • Harmony Ultimate Home remote

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From the July 2016 issue of Southern Boating magazine:

Dive into the impressive history of Beaufort, North Carolina featuring settlers and pioneers of boat building and pirates and trade routes – all helping to develop the city’s rich heritage and great accomplishments of modern times including historic downtown Beaufort along with the beginnings of Jarrett Bay Boatworks in 1986 blossoming into an amazing boat building and marine service icon along the East Coast.

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No Looking Back

Jarrett Bay 90′ Poised to Change Custom Boat Building Techniques Forever

Building the largest and best performing sportfish yacht possible has become a recent obsession for one serious big game fisherman and he’s been assembling a dream team of experts to help realize his goals. Working with Bluewater’s John D Riggs and an experienced captain, the team thoroughly vetted sportfishing’s top custom builders before tapping Jarrett Bay Boatworks to build a massive 90-foot convertible, currently known as “Project Ireland.”

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Project Ireland is approximately twothirds into its three-year build process and no expense has been spared to ensure it becomes the most powerful and impressive custom sportfish ever built. Thoroughly researched, simulated and executed with an owner deeply involved in the engineering process, Project Ireland will feature extensive use of carbon fiber, specialized core material, and other composite technology. This includes a specially designed carbon fiber stringer system, uniquely engineered bulkheads, as well as decks, cabin and bridge composed mostly of carbon fiber to achieve the ultimate strength-to-weight ratio. As Riggs explains, the most exciting part of this project is all the research and development aimed at pushing the envelope, “It’s going to change the way boats are built. We are going to reach and set new boundaries in speed, performance, reliability and safety. It’s not just about top-end speed, but seakeeping and efficiency.”

Dream, Test, Repeat

Hundreds of hours have already been logged CAD testing and simulating the boat’s performance among Jarrett Bay’s inhouse design team of Gary Davis, Chad Vorhees and Brandon Davis along with input from a select group of specialists, such as scientists at Materials Science Corporation and Maritime Research Associates. The team then turned to the MARIN Research Institute Netherlands for real-world validation. Jarrett Bay President Randy Ramsey explains, “We’ve worked with MARIN before and they can perform large tank and high speed testing comparable to the U.S. Navy’s proprietary tanks.” Gary Davis explains how a 12’ model of the hull was constructed and tested in what would amount to 9 to 12 foot seas by MARIN this past Spring; conducting three rounds of testing in all so far. “Everything we thought about our design was confirmed, the deflection of the hull, how it moved and behaved, it was all captured with slow motion photography. We could not have been more pleased with how it performed in every sea state.” The second round of testing included operating the model by remote control with full running gear; testing the design of propellers, rudders and struts while simulating performance in tight turns and maneuvers. “It performed flawlessly, even beyond expectations. There were people at MARIN vying for a chance to drive the model each day,” Ramsey adds.

Riggs echoed that the hull and performance tests confirmed the initial computer simulations, and that results were also positive in the third round of testing of additional innovations—which for now will be a closely guarded secret. “There is much more to this build than we can make public at this time,” Davis explains. The team alludes to ground-breaking advancements not only in weight savings and load management, but also in strength and safety; some of the ideas being so revolutionary that Jarrett Bay has applied for several design patents.

“It’s going to change the way boats are built… and set new boundaries in speed, performance, reliability and safety.”

Among the technology that they are at liberty to talk about is the use of lightweight core materials encased in carbon fiber cloth and then resin-infused in a vacuum bagging process. This isn’t unheard of in the art of modern yacht building, but the group says their composite lay-up is unique, down to specific fiber orientations and proprietary core materials. Ramsey notes the engineered prop tunnel design and fuel tank baffles integrated into Project Ireland’s hull as other features found only in a very select group of custom boats. The team’s attention to detail is demonstrated in the smaller things, such as using Alexseal’s new prototype fairing compound, cutting hundreds of pounds from the hull and superstructure weight. Project Ireland is also being designed for certification under the ABS marine yacht classification, which is another series of quality and safety conditions that is said to have never been attempted before in a cold molded sportfish yacht.

FIRST OF THEIR KIND: Jarrett Bay workers installed four massive carbon fiber stringers into the 90 foot sportfish “Project Ireland”

Getting It Done

Ramsey praised Riggs’ work ethic throughout the build process thus far, acting as an everyday advocate on behalf of both the owner and builder, explaining, “He’s a pleasure to work with. He’s been visiting the facility each week, sometimes for more than a day.” In these visits, Riggs views the 90’s progress first-hand and monitors that everything is on track with the various major milestones and timelines for the owner. The pair of massive 2,600 horsepower MTU engines and a pair of 40kw generators will soon be delivered and everyone is looking forward to starting on the cabin house. Riggs appreciates the professionalism and teamwork he’s experienced at Jarrett Bay, saying, “They are a great group of guys to work with. They have a passion for what they do and it shows from initial engineering on down to the wood workers who are building the boat.”

Riggs reiterates that all the aspects of this yacht—as well as Jarrett Bay’s capabilities— are exceptional. “They were selected for this project because they were the only ones who were willing to build what the owner was dreaming of. That’s what custom boat building is all about. They were enthusiastic about pushing the limits and collaborating with a team of worldwide experts. Jarrett Bay met us with open minds and were eager to learn something new and be able to use that down the road in other products.” As for the experience thus far, Riggs adds, “It’s been super challenging, but also a lot of fun… fun, because everybody is learning. It’s exciting to be part of something that’s never been done before.”

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PMY New Boats: Jarrett Bay 46 http://www.jarrettbay.com/2016/08/pmy-new-boats-jarrett-bay-46/ http://www.jarrettbay.com/2016/08/pmy-new-boats-jarrett-bay-46/#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:11:46 +0000 http://www.jarrettbay.com/?p=21563 The post PMY New Boats: Jarrett Bay 46 appeared first on Jarrett Bay Boatworks.

From the September 2016 issue of Power & Motor Yacht magazine:

Plenty of Carolina flare: Check. A large, spacious cockpit in which to battle big fish: Check. A powerful propulsion package to get you to the bite in a hurry: Also check. Despite possessing quintessentially Jarrett Bay characteristics, the builder’s 61st custom hull, a 46-foot walk-around, looks, well, different (read: bad ass!).

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Jarrett Bay 46: The Ideal Marlin Machine http://www.jarrettbay.com/2016/07/jarrett-bay-46-ideal-marlin-machine/ http://www.jarrettbay.com/2016/07/jarrett-bay-46-ideal-marlin-machine/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:30:03 +0000 http://www.jarrettbay.com/?p=21508 The post Jarrett Bay 46: The Ideal Marlin Machine appeared first on Jarrett Bay Boatworks.

From the August 2016 issue of Marlin magazine:

A tactical look with a direct mission: raise marlin and serve as a test platform for Grander Custom Tackle. This clear purpose is evident in every aspect of Grander, hull no. 61 from Jarrett Bay Boatworks. The eye-catching walkaround will be based out of the British Virgin Islands, where she will chase billfish – and it won’t take long for her to live up to her name with a thousand-pounder in the spread.

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Jack’s Boats

Generosity, Friendship and Mutual Passion Propel a Boat Building Sensation

To delve into the history of the Huddle family and the four custom Jarrett Bay boats they’ve commissioned, is to take a journey from the company’s very beginnings and discover some of the underpinnings of Jarrett Bay and Bluewater’s explosive growth and success throughout the last thirty years.

Ever since they were young men, Harris and Carl Huddle grew up fishing and hunting with their father Jack, a seasoned outdoorsman and construction foreman by trade. In those early years, Mr. Huddle owned a few modest productions boats, a Bertram 31 and then a Phoenix 29, called Jack’s Boat because his wife, Barbara, wouldn’t dare go near it! Fishing and hunting was a means to help fill the freezer for Jack, and his boats were largely just a tool in that pursuit; providing for his family while also enjoying the Crystal Coast’s many bounties.

Republished with permission from OnBoard Magazine

The Huddles kept their boat at Calico Jacks Marina on Harkers Island, NC where Jack came to meet an ambitious young charter captain by the name of Randy Ramsey. At the time, Randy was running an aging custom convertible, Starflite, and had just embarked on building a new 53- foot replacement with Jim Luxton and a band of friends. They built this first boat over the course of a few off-seasons with the kindly input of Outer Banks legend Omie Tillet and Glen “P-Nut” Haught, and upon launch, it quickly, and quite literally, became a sensation. Jack admired what they achieved with the design and execution of the Sensation and closely followed the progress of the next couple hulls the men built. At the same time, the seeds of Jack and Randy’s friendship were being scattered along the Gulf Stream’s many winding weed lines, with the two exchanging information, encouragement, and a healthy portion of razzing over the VHF while in search of fish. They also got to know each other a little better back at the docks of Calico Jacks, until one particular conversation spooled up the turbos on their relationship.

Jack Huddle


Randy recounts, “Jack walked into the tin shed in Williston where we started and asked about ‘getting one of these boats.’ After a few minutes, he gave me the basic layout of the 43’ boat he had in mind and asked ‘how do we start?’ Little did I know that this day would change the course of our company’s history.” Randy proposed to build the boat for $12 per hour, plus a 10% mark up on materials— when he wasn’t running charters. Jack agreed that was a fine arrangement, the two shook hands, and construction commenced on Jack’s first custom Jarrett Bay, the 43’ Builder’s Choice.

A Budding Relationship

During the construction of this first boat, as well as the subsequent builds, Jack and his son Harris became frequent visitors at the Jarrett Bay shop, stopping by to inspect the progress almost daily on their way home from a work-site or the marina. Randy remembers, “Building a boat for Jack was a lot of fun because he was always very involved. He was quite resourceful and always willing to drop by with any type of materials or tools that might be helpful to us. He was a born leader and just had a way about him, that we just always wanted to do the very best we could for him.

Not only were Jack’s fingerprints all over his first boat that Randy and team built, but they ;extended onto many facets of the company’s boat building operations throughout the years. Upon his many visits, Jack became familiar with the various detractors of the group’s first facility, such as a leaky roof and the dirt floor. He felt they could do better, offered his help, and eventually persuaded Randy to scout some possible new locations.

They zeroed in on some land in Marshallberg, NC which Jack purchased, and on which his company Trader Construction built several buildings. He then rented this new 60’ x 80’ building to Randy for the same low rate Jarrett Bay was paying back in Williston. Over time they added on, and Mr. Huddle acquired more land around the area, about three acres all-told, as well as a travel lift, so his tenants could start to make this arrangement more profitable by servicing others’ boats. After a few years, Jarrett Bay was able to buy the property from him—primarily because Jack gave them a sweetheart of a deal. Later in the company’s history, he was also instrumental in helping to develop the parcel that has become Jarrett Bay’s sprawling 175 acre marine industrial park on the ICW in Beaufort.

Jack Huddle checks in on the construction of hull 5

Hull 5

Hull 20

Hull 40

Hull 59

So back to the boats—the 43’ convertible (Jarrett Bay hull 5 splashed in 1990), 48’ express (hull 20 launched in 1996), 55’ convertible (hull 40 delivered in 2002) and the 2015 64’ (hull 59). Harris explains that Jack primarily ran the first Builder’s Choice, but as they both got older, father and son started sharing the captaining duties on their next boat. Jack commissioned that larger express largely so he could be closer to the family and anglers while fishing, instead of isolated up on the bridge. By the time the Huddles moved up to the 55’ convertible, Harris was fully entrenched as the full-time Builder’s Choice Captain, and as such, was very involved in the build process. His brother Carl landed more on the hunting side of Jack’s legacy, but Carl’s son, Jack (JC) actively started fishing as soon as he was old enough and is now the first mate for his Uncle Harris.

The evolution of construction techniques, design and materials across the four boats is something to marvel; from the original plank-on-frame construction of hull 5, the cold-molded process used on hull 20 and 40, to today’s space-aged closed cell composites used throughout the topsides, cabin and bridge of hull 59. But as Harris explains, the common thread is the level of craftsmanship and superior ride found in every Jarrett Bay. “I’ve ridden on other boats that just feel heavy and hard to turn. Jarrett Bays are lighter, and the ride is so soft and maneuverable, slicing through wave after wave.” Adding, “Their craftsmanship is just unreal. People don’t walk by the 64’ on the docks, they stop and stare.”

This newest Builder’s Choice (the first to be commissioned by Harris after Jack’s passing) stays simple in some ways, but in the grand scheme of things, represents a dramatic change in styling from Jack’s first boat. Much as he would have done, the Huddle family collaborated frequently on layout decisions and interior appointments, and even found a way for Jack to posthumously leave his mark, by engraving the salon coffee table with his signature.

Harris Huddle poses with hull 59

From the beautifully contrasting toe rail to custom hardtop, the grace and precision found on Builder’s Choice instantly make it a perfect example of Jarrett Bay’s impressive construction acumen. Finished in a shimmery Alexseal Atlantic Blue topcoat, her hull combines advancements such as prop tunnels and underwater exhaust with the dependability and ease of maintenance of conventional shaft propulsion. The massive Cat C32s 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 beautiful. Randy adds, “On each of the boats, the technology and finish has surely gotten better and better, but the 64’ would just blow Jack away with all its features. At the end of the day though, the only thing he would care about is catching fish.”

And catch they have over many years. Despite Big Jack’s relentless pursuit of meatfish, Harris recalls the excitement when his dad caught his first billfish, “We were fishing the Big Rock, I think the first year we had the 43’, when he caught his first marlin. He was definitely excited after that and we all had a really great time together that day.” In 2001, the team weighed a 545.3 lbs. blue during the Pirate’s Cove Big Game Tournament with Jack aboard. JC also cites a more recent memory when they released several blue marlin to kick off the 2015 Swansboro Memorial Day tournament. “It was a day that boosted my confidence in my skills and reminded us all of Big Jack. It was a great way to start not only the summer, but also the last season of fishing on the 55’, and honoring my granddad.”

“People don’t walk by the 64’ on the docks, they stop and stare”

Family First

As Jack and Randy’s relationship grew throughout the years, so did Randy’s stature as a boat builder and leader in the sport fishing community. Not only is Randy now overseeing several multimillion dollar businesses such as Jarrett Bay and Bluewater Yacht Sales, he has become a leading philanthropist at NC State University and is known far and wide as the voice of Big Rock tournament radio. For the Huddles, their life-long relationship with Jarrett Bay hasn’t been all about business or even fishing, but about helping build something larger and being there to help celebrate one another’s successes. Randy explains, “I often explain to people that Jack was a second father to me. He did things for me that no one would do for anyone, unless they were kinfolk.” Harris replies, “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.”

For all the craftsmen at Jarrett Bay, the 64’ Builder’s Choice is a highly functioning piece of art to be supremely proud of, and even sentimental about, after leaving the facility. Jarrett Bay new construction foreman Gary Davis may have said it best, “Delivering a boat we’ve worked on dayin and day-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.

After taking delivering of the 64, the Huddles cut chase to Florida, where it debuted in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and wintered in Palm Beach at Sailfish Marina. The family took frequent short trips through the Winter and into Spring 2016, and enjoyed bloodying the new decks for the first time with a large dolphin, “a meatfish, just like Big Jack would have wanted,” reported JC. From Florida, the boat will move back to her home waters of North Carolina in the spring, and prepare for the tournament season, fishing many of the NC Governor’s Cup events such as Swansboro and Hatteras Village, before the Big Rock, Barta, Pirate’s Cove and Virginia Beach tournaments.

Beyond that, Harris is excited for all the potential designed into the new 64’s elegant framework, such as its extended fuel capacity, redundant generators and an abundance of storage. “Next winter we have our sights set on Mexico and the D.R., and perhaps Bermuda later that year. Now we have the range and comfort to do just about anything.” His nephew JC concludes, “I’m excited to start spooling the 80 wides for this season.” Soon thereafter, one can visualize the eager mate checking over the tackle one last time as Harris throttles down the new Builder’s Choice into a promising spot on the rip… The sound of the boat’s rumbling idle and their many months of anticipation are abruptly broken by a familiar voice shouting, “Lines in!” over the tournament radio… and Big Jack looks down on all of them with a knowing smile…

Jack Huddle and the next generation

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A 67′ Sport Yacht Design with all of Today’s Modern Innovations

Fresh off the drafting board and with the main specifications finalized, Jarrett Bay Boatworks announces the start of construction on their newest build, hull #63. While Jarrett Bay has been known for implementing cutting-edge innovations and designs into their custom sportfishing yachts, this may end up being the most unique looking yet. Upon delivery, this 64 footer will feature a built-in swim platform (stretching her length beyond 67 feet), a trunk cabin with in-cabin helm along with several other firsts for the North Carolina boat builder.

Her striking appearance on the water immediately invokes memories of classic sportfish and motoryachts of decades past, but her sleek lines, impressive bow flare and tumblehome will give away her Carolina heritage. The sole helm station will be situated in the main cabin which features excellent sight lines thanks to a full wrap-around glass treatment. The throwback trunk cabin design will have a nostalgic feel, but with all the modern performance, technology and amenities that today’s yachtsmen have come to expect.

Jarrett Bay Boatworks – Custom Hull 63 Preliminary Specifications

LOA: 67’ 3″
Waterline: 60′ 8″
Beam: 18’ 8”
Draft: 4′ 10″
Fuel: 1,600 gallons
Water: 200 gallons
Waste: 150 gallons

Dry Weight: Approx. 70,000 lbs.
Cockpit & Mezzanine: 195 sq. ft.
Power: Twin Cat C18A @ 1,135hp
Generator: Twin Cat C2.2T @ 27kW
Stabilizer: Seakeeper SK16 Gyro

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