72′ Bayliss Boatworks Old Reliable
Join us as we take you aboard the 72-foot Bayliss Old Reliable with exclusive pictures of Nick Smith and his new boat. After splashing in July of 2021, this highly customized craft was purpose built for chasing billfish on fly and prepped for a multi-year Pacific tour.
And the day before Old Reliable shipped out, Nick Smith and Capt. Chip Shafer provided InTheBite with a guided walk-through to talk about the boat’s personal touches and offshore capabilities. It is rare to see a boat so personally customized for one goal and that is chasing and catching billfish on fly. Enjoy this exclusive sneak peek. Because Nick and Chip covered so much with this boat, we’ll be covering more ground in a multi-part videos series as well.
72′ Bayliss Photo Gallery
Beaufort, NC (July 30, 2021) – In late July, Jarrett Bay Boatworks delivered their latest custom sportfish to a seasoned owner with grand fishing destinations on his offshore agenda. Custom hull 66, a 67-foot open bridge convertible named Sea Wish, boasts advanced electronics, a surplus of systems, luxurious finishes, and high-strength, lightweight composite construction.
By Mitchell Bateman
If you’ve been involved in the world of offshore sportfishing for more than a week, chances are good that you have heard of Scarborough Boatworks and the man behind some of the finest boats ever built, Ricky Scarborough, Sr. From his first 18- to 25-foot hunting skiffs and work boats, to his last 60- to 85-foot custom-built luxury sportfishing yachts, Ricky’s reputation for quality craftsmanship and ingenuity is well known. The actual number of boats he built is a little fuzzy considering he didn’t keep written records of all the crab boats and hunting skiffs he built for his neighbors and family. With the incorporation of Scarborough Boatworks in 1977, along with better record-keeping, it is probable that the grand total of boats Ricky built was north of 100.
DH Yachts Sales and Vilano Boatworks, both headquartered in Florida, have developed a partnership that establishes DH Yacht Sales as the exclusive listing and brokerage company for the custom sportfish boat builder.
Vilano Boatworks is bringing something different to the boating world in the form of a new 65′ Sportfish with design and engineering by in-house Naval Architect Erwin Gerards. The jig-built composite boat features Caterpillar engines and has a projected splash date of May 2022. Performance will be in the 40kt cruise with a top speed approaching 50kts.
STUART, FLORIDA, USA, June 29, 2021/EINPresswire.com/—Willis Custom Yachts announced the acquisition of American Custom Yachts Assets in Stuart, Florida. An icon In the Stuart marine market for decades the American property spans nearly 64 acres. Willis has plans to expand and enhance the facilities in the coming months with an additional 90,000 square feet of boat building and manufacturing facility, add additional covered repair and dockage facilities, add a new 150 Ton travel lift plus an enlarged haul out well with future 220 Ton lift. Additionally, a new waterfront facility east of NW Flagler Ave. in Stuart Florida is being developed for new Yacht customer deliveries very near the Stuart inlet.
With the additional 90,000 square feet of modern and highly automated yacht production facilities, construction times will be greatly shortened while extending the construction capacity and availability of the highest quality custom sport fishing vessels for customers. Expanded haul out and covered repair and dockage facilities will greatly enhance service and refit capabilities and capacities.
Yachts currently under construction are, ACY (American) hull # 22, a 68-footer and WCY (Willis) hull # 15, a 70-footer, and slotted to start construction this summer is WCY (Willis) hull # 16 another 70-footer, with hull #17 length TBD, scheduled to start spring 2022. Future construction slots are currently available but limited while the facilities expand.
Included in the acquisition of assets was also Bausch American Towers which now is part of the WCY family. Tim Bausch will continue to lead the rebranded entity Bausch Towers and will benefit from the new additional facilities and technology enhancements.
The Venture center-console brand was also part of the acquisition and plans are on the drawing board to modernize the brand with all new design and tooling for future opportunities as part of the Willis Custom Yachts family.
MarkCam Inc, the in-house design and CNC business will also be relocating to the new facility
with greatly expanded capacity and capabilities for much larger applications.
Doug West has joined as president and general manager of Yacht Services for WCY. Doug previously served as president/CEO of Lauderdale Marine Center and President of Rybovich in West Palm Beach, FL. Doug’s vast experience in two of the largest marine service facilities in the entire country will be a major contributor in shaping the future of the facility and its operations.
In a statement Mark Wills said, “I am very excited to be able to greatly expand our ability to offer the absolute finest quality custom sport fishing vessels to many new owners. Having waterfront access of this magnitude changes the game for us and will vastly enhance our ability to provide the highest quality service and support to all of our customers.”
HOMESTEAD, FL – June 29, 2021 — Since its inception in 1984, Contender Boats has led the industry in building semi-custom sportfishing boats — for fisherman by fisherman. That mission has only grown stronger over the years.
Today, in a market trending toward brand consolidation, Joe Neber, president and owner of Contender Boats, solidified Contender’s legacy as a family-owned, Florida-based company by purchasing a second manufacturing facility in Fort Pierce.
By Nichole Osinski
Jim Weaver started fishing when he was around 20 years old, but it wasn’t until the 80s when he first competed in the White Marlin Open. A Maryland native, Weaver claims it was that tournament that got him hooked on sportfishing. Fast forward to the late 90s and Jim had started a construction business and now had his own 55-foot Ocean Yacht, as well as friends who had custom boats built. Something that Weaver would see as a challenge.
With an extensive list of sportfishers across the globe and more on the way, Jarrett Bay is now celebrating 35 years of boat building. For the company’s 35th anniversary, Jarrett Bay co-founder Randy Ramsey looks back on the events and people that inspired his first build, Sensation, which would go on to shape future boats to come.