While you may still find the beginnings of a strip-plank boat poking out of a shed, boatbuilding on the Outer Banks has matured and most builders are working in cold-molded wood or foam-core fiberglass. Bayliss prefers wood, because he believes it offers the most strength for a given weight. With the performance that tournament boats are capable of and the competitive nature of captains, Bayliss points out, the challenge is to keep things together. “Our boats are like our kids. ... I don’t want any phone calls in the middle of the night.” As for the mythical ability of wood in terms of raising fish: “Wood is good but the captain, mate and angler still make the difference,” says Bayliss with a competitive grin.