Though we’re back from Los Sueños Costa Rica we made sure to catch up with the Jaruco team on their 90′ Jarrett Bay to see what gear is getting used offshore. Edward Barr gives us the 411 on rods, reels and everything between.
Skill Level – 2 star
Genius Level- 4.5 out of 5 star
Demonstrating what a truly custom boat building experience is all about, Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently delivered their second-largest build to date. Eclipsed only by the 90-foot Jaruco, the 84-foot open bridge convertible Reel Development represents the next evolution in lavish game boats destined for extensive travel and tournament wins.
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.
The Jaruco crew (L to R), Chase Edwards, Newt Cagle, Dale Wills, Edward Barr, Kieran Pullman, Lotte Doherty and Captain James Brown. “I’d like to give a big thanks to the entire Jaruco team for hosting me during Leg 1 of the Los Sueños Signature Series in Costa Rica. The max effort of the crew and fishing on a one-of-a-kind 90-foot rocket ship blew me away. It was truly a privilege to be a part of the team,” says InTheBite Publisher, Dale Wills.
The Jaruco crew in continuous communication throughout the day. (L to R) Newt Cagle, Kieran Pullman and Edward Barr.
Surprise! Stewardess Lotte brings out a birthday cake for angler Jim McGrath (Grand Slam Tackle) as the Jaruco runs between fishing spots.
Deckhand Chase Edwards prepares the mud flaps for duty.
Marine artist Steve Goione’s line runnith over.
All smiles, stewardess Lotte delivers the mid-morning snack.
Deckhand Edward Barr serves up the Zman HeroZ 10˝ jerkbait dredge in green lantern color. “We have caught around 600 fish over the dredge, and the baits are incredibly tough,” says Barr.
Capt. James Brown, commander-in-chief.
John Riggs (right) of Riggs Yacht Sales & Capt. Dale Wills of InTheBite keep the team on a positive vibe.
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The 67′ Privateer is Built to Fish, Play & Entertain with a Unique Trunk Cabin Design that Immerses the Interior in Natural Light
Jarrett Bay Boatworks announces the launch of custom hull 63, the 67′ Sport Yacht Privateer. This newest build takes a unique direction in Jarrett Bay’s mission of offering owners a truly custom, one-of-a-kind yacht. Her throwback trunk cabin, integrated swim platform and distinctive Carolina Flare™ are sure to draw big crowds during her debut at the 2019 Palm Beach International Boat Show on Ramp 5, Slip 571.
This 67′ Sport Yacht was purpose-built for her owner to enjoy everything on the water; from fishing and cruising to launching kayaks and paddleboards for island exploration. Her hardtop holds true to the retro theme with a custom arch that houses two Garmin radar arrays and the 24” KVH Satellite TV antenna along with other aerials. A new twist is the two built-in hardtop racks offering out-of-the-way storage for up to 14’ paddleboards.
With a fully staffed in-house engineering and design team, Jarrett Bay is able to take the goal of building a truly custom yacht to a whole new level. In the case of hull 63, the team literally “raised the roof” on design, styling and interior space. The Privateer’s exceptionally tall owner wanted an open feel and abundant amounts of headroom throughout, so the trunk cabin design helped Jarrett Bay deliver on this special request. Notable headroom includes the engine room at 6′ 6″, the salon and helm area at 6′ 9″ and the lower level including galley and companionway offer an astonishing 7′ 4″ of vertical clearance.
The integrated swim platform is another feature that sets this Carolina boat apart from her class; both in style and utility. The swim platform offers the owner and guests an easy launch of their personal watercraft, including kayaks and paddleboards. The full walk-through transom door provides for ease of travel from the platform to the main cockpit for guests, as well as the day’s catch. And at 136 square feet, the cockpit was built for fighting fish as much as for taking the entire family on a scenic island hop. Familiar features include an ice maker and refrigerator/freezer units hidden in the mezzanine seating and steps, accompanied by a clever pop-up console that features a grill for outdoor meal prep.
The Privateer’s interior spaces are not only spacious but also comfortably well-appointed. Guests enter the salon from the raised mezzanine through a set of striking solid teak, double electric sliding doors, with a luxurious high-gloss finish. The interior warmly welcomes guests with its wide-plank vertical grain, satin-finish teak floors, naturally illuminated by the near-360 degrees of glass windows allowing for plenty of light and unobstructed views.
Down forward, the theme of satin teak and natural light continue thanks to Jarrett Bay’s in-house craftsmen and furniture makers, along with the trunk cabin’s expansive windows to both port and starboard. Capping off the unassuming luxury of the interior are the natural light maple flooring below deck, and contrasting dark wood counters found in the salon, master v-berth, on the helm station’s desktop, and the Release Marine convertible-dinette & cocktail tables in the salon & galley – all within towering spaces rarely found on a vessel of this size.
The headroom theme is also a recurring one that doesn’t stop with the engine room. Offering six and a half feet of vertical clearance is just one of the impressive dimensions of this space. Hull 63’s equipment and engine area was laid out to also offer full access to all sides of her twin Caterpillar C18 ACERT engines for ease of maintenance.
Other systems like her Cat 27kW generators and fuel filters have also been positioned for quick service. These smaller displacement marine engines from Cat boast 1,136 horsepower each, providing enough power to push the Privateer adeptly through heavy water, while maintaining commendable efficiency.
This 67-footer utilized high-tech construction techniques to decrease the dry weight and improve operating efficiency. Lightweight core materials were used in major components including the cabin sides, cabin top and trunk cabin. These core materials are then sandwiched with E-glass and vacuum-infused for a high strength to weight ratio. Focusing on weight savings in large components that are placed higher up in the boat also helped to lower the overall center of gravity, notably improving stability and handling.
“Rendering dreams into reality through custom construction is something we take great pride in here at Jarrett Bay,” explains Randy Ramsey, owner and President of Jarrett Bay Boatworks. “We have been honored to work with some incredibly passionate and brilliant customers who bring their ideas and challenges to us, and our team never disappoints in delivering a truly custom yacht each time.” The delivery of Privateer was another proud moment for the entire Jarrett Bay family – a unique and purpose-built boat, which still pays homage to her Carolina roots in style, ride and craftsmanship.
- Length: 67’ 3”
- Beam: 18’ 2”
- Draft: 4’ 9”
- Waterline: 59’ 11”
- Cockpit: 136 sq. Ft.
- Dry Weight: 64,000 lbs
- Freshwater: 200 gal
- Holding Tank: 150 gal
- Fuel: 1,320 gal
- Engines: Twin Cat C18 ACERT
- Power: 1,136 hp each
by Charlie Levine
Raised in Pensacola, Florida, Chris Mowad, only ever wanted one job. “I was always an avid angler growing up, and the dad of one of my best friends was a private boat captain,” he says. “I thought that was the dream job.”
Chris started working on boats at 14 years old and just 13 years later, he’s running the Whoo Dat – a 58-foot Jarrett Bay owned by Keith Richardson. This is one operation that does not like to sit idly by. Mowad and company left the Gulf of Mexico in January and have been fishing in the Dominican Republic and St. Thomas ever since.
Mowad took the time for a phone call in St. Thomas just after the September moon and the bite’s been on. “We caught 23 in the last seven days,” he says of fishing on the North Drop. “We recently hired a new mate who fished the entire Gulf season and caught 11 fish. We doubled his whole season in a week. You can build a resume pretty quick spending time in hot spots, and the experience you gain is priceless.”
Mowad’s quick ascent to the captain’s chair began as a freelance captain and mate on a handful of boats. He also worked at Outcast Bait and Tackle, in Pensacola, from the ages of 17 to 21. It being a smaller shop, he had to know how to do a little bit of everything. Spool reels, rig lures, you name it. At 18, he got his six-pack license and started running more boats. “I met a lot of local guys who had private boats, and I worked as a captain-for-hire,” Mowad says. “That’s how I got a lot of experience. You learn a lot when you’re managing a different crew every weekend.”
While running the boat and finding fish is the more glamorous part of the job, Mowad is not afraid to get his hands dirty and do whatever it takes to make sure the boat is running properly. “I was always impressed by captains who maintained the boat themselves and if anything broke, they knew how to fix each system,” he says.
Capt. Myles Colley was one such captain that Chris Mowad looked up to. Colley, captain of the Born2Run, is from the same area as Mowad and also started running boats at a young age. “I wanted to kind of follow in his footsteps,” Mowad says. “The part I enjoy most now is that he’s gone from being a mentor to us being in competition, but we still have a good friendship.”
The Whoo Dat is the perfect platform for the kind of marlin fishing that keeps Mowad’s boss fired up. The 58-footer was built by Jarrett Bay in 2007 and when Richardson bought it in 2011, he installed a tuna tower, a second generator, new electronics and a fresh coat of paint. The 1,350-hp MTU 12V 2000s just rolled over 10,000 hours and keep the team on the bite. While the engines keep the team mobile, it’s really the owner of the boat, Keith Richardson, who keeps everyone on board fired up. “He keeps us all going,” Mowad says. “He wants to put up big numbers and is not afraid to fish extra hours. He’s really the hardest working guy I’ve ever worked for and a key part of our program. He’s willing to fish on a different schedule and follow the bite.”
Having the flexibility to move throughout the Caribbean, whether it’s fishing FADs in Casa de Campo, or pulling lures on the North Drop, gives Whoo Dat the ability to stay right on the marlin’s tail. Fishing out of St. Thomas this summer, Mowad and his crew were seeing 10 to 12 blue marlin a day during the peak moon phases in June, July, August and September. It’s been some of the best fishing there in a long time. Fishing alongside his mate of four years, Kevin Alexander, he says they’ve got a solid group of guys on the boat and camaraderie is high.
While they’ve been successful, Mowad is never afraid to ask for help from some of the more experienced skippers. “If you quit asking questions, you quit getting better,” he says. “There’s a group of guys here that have been really helpful.”
Mowad’s plan moving forward is to get boat work finished in October and November then head to Casa de Campo in December and fish there through next April. From the DR, the team is heading back to St. Thomas for the summer. The days can run together, but he’s certainly not complaining. “It wouldn’t be fair to say we work 24-hour days, but there are times it seems like it,” he says. “Keith doesn’t have a problem going for a 15-day stretch and the seas are rough the majority of the time. But you get to learn how maneuver the boat in rough water. If you can catch them when it’s rough, you’ll catch them when it’s calm.”
Charlie Levine is the publisher of FishTrack.com and the author of the book, “Sucked Dry: The Struggle is Reel,” available on Amazon.
Here are some boats of interest sold this October. Congratulations to both the buyers and sellers.
Note: Final selling prices are not displayed.
2006 68’ Viking
Engines: MTU 16V2000
List Price: $1,495,000
Sold Date: 10/3/2018
Sold By: Galati Yachts
2001 47’ Cabo
Engines: MAN 800 hp
List Price: $329,000
Sold Date: 10/10/2018
Sold By: HMY YACHTS
2010 54’ Viking
Engines: MAN V12 1550hp
List Price: $1,299,000
Sold By: HMY YACHTS
2008 70’2” Jarrett Bay
Engines: 2400hp MTU
List Price: $3,399,000
2005 57’ Dean Johnson
Engines: CAT C-18
List Price: $1,079,500
Date Sold: 10/15/2018
2004 45’ Viking
Engines: MAN 800hp
List Price: $399,000
Sold Date: 10/12/2018
Sold By: Galati Yachts
2008 62’ WINTER
Engines: CAT C-32 1550 hp
List Price: $1.7 mil
Sold Date: 10/11/2018
Sold By: MacGregor yachts
2007 45’ Viking
Engines: MAN 900hp
List Price: $599,000
Sold Date: 10/4/2018
Sold By: HMY Yachts
2015 42’ Viking
Engines: Cummins QSC-600
List Price: 969,000
Sold Date: 10/18/2018
Sold By: HMY
2008 62’ Titan Yachts
Engines: CAT C-32 1650
Engine Hours: 2800
List Price: $2,150,000
Sold Date: 10/24/2018
Sold By: HMY
2015 70’ Viking
Engines: MTU 2600 hp
List Price: $5,095,000
Sold Date: 10/26/2018
Sold By: Denison
Beaufort, NC (June 27, 2016) – 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 67-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.
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 each
Generator: Twin Cat C2.2T @ 27kW each
Stabilizer: Seakeeper SK16