The first quarter of 2008 started with a bang with Jarrett Bay Boatworks completing the repower of four vessels! As the New Year began, we wrapped repowering the 40’ Game Fisher Its Time for Reno, NV owner Johnny Riberio. Its Time originally came by ship from Hawaii to Ft. Lauderdale, and then traveled on one engine to JBBW. We removed a pair of very tired Volvos and installed 540hp 8.3 QSC Cummins that topped out at 34 kts. We also painted the vessel, installed new lexan windows & an EQD Onan genset, and made numerous other cosmetic upgrades.

The 40’ GTD Early Dawn, owned by David Upchurch of Pine Hurst NC, was next in line. We removed another set of Volvos to install a pair of 490hp 8.3 QSC Cummins. Early Dawn topped out at 33-plus kts on her sea trial. The next vessel to complete the repower process was the 57’ Jarrett Bay Negotiator owned by Chuck Vose of Oklahoma City, OK. We removed two-cycle 8-92 Detroits and installed a pair of electronic fuel injected 715hp QSM-11 Cummins. This 59,000 lb. vessel topped out at 30-plus kts and increased her range by 90 miles.

The most extensive and impressive repower we have undertaken to date was completed just in time to fish the Big Rock. We repowered the 1995 60’ Bertram Melina, owned by Bill Burris of Moores Town, NJ. We removed her two-cycle 16- 92’s and installed electronic fuel injected M90 16V-2000 MTUs. Melina topped out at 41.8 kts and burns 25% less fuel. She also took 2nd place honors in the Big Rock with a 555.5 lb blue marlin worth $254,000!

While our customers were enjoying their boats this summer, we made significant improvements to our facility. We painted buildings, repaired our basin bulkhead and made preparations for hurricane season — just in time for Hurricane Hannah. We commenced hauling our hurricane contract customers on September 2nd, and hauled the last of 129 vessels by 5:30 pm on the 5th. The entire JBBW crew did an outstanding job coordinating and servicing our customers. In my 10 years of going through this preparation many times here, this was by far the best coordinated effort to date. The response was so great that we will be adding more hurricane spots next year for our full service customers.


Our fall season is off to a busy start. We have begun to repower the 47’ CABO Off Piste from Bermuda with 1100 V-10 MANs, while also extending her bridge bib. We are currently painting the Big Hunter, owned by David King, and are expecting the Osprey from Ocean City, MD very soon. Numerous other projects are arriving daily from up and down the East Coast, and we are bidding work as far away as Puerto Rico and Athens, Greece.

Adding to our list of service yard enhancements this year is the 70+ years of Hatteras technical & customer service experience we now have on our team thanks to the addition of Project Managers Bruce Morrison & Roger Wetherington, and electrical/mechanical expert Billy Galloway. We also welcome Todd Fleming, formerly of Bennett Brothers, as our dedicated planner and estimator.


Thanks for all of the letters, emails & phone calls of gratitude we have been flooded with this year. It is our pleasure to serve you, and we greatly appreciate your making Jarrett Bay your yard of choice.

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