Jarrett Bay Head over Heels for 90-footer

Watch this 3-minute time-lapse video of the builder's 90-footer being flipped.

July 9, 2015

The 3-minute time-lapse video features the rollover of the 90-foot Jarrett Bay custom Hull No. 62. The video was first posted on Yachting’s site as a live stream on June 25, which lasted nearly 40 minutes.

This 90-foot sport-fishing yacht is scheduled for completion in 2017. This is the largest Jarrett Bay constructed to date and includes sport-fish engineering firsts like carbon fiber stringers, bulkheads and much more.


One of our Facebook followers asked a good question on a [photo post we shared regarding the 90-foot Jarrett Bay boat flip][], and Jarrett Bay was there to answer their question.


Michael Slevens: When you’re doing the flip, does the hull flex and creak, or is it solid?

Jarrett Bay Boatworks: Cold molded boats do flex to some extent but the boat has the bulkheads and other temporary supports installed to prevent any undue stress to the hull.

“From Humble Beginnings”

Jarrett Bay Boatworks has started work on its largest battlewagon to date.

By: Kim Kavin, Yachting, June 2015


When you’ve been creating custom sport-fish yachts for nearly three decades, you tend to evolve. That’s the case with Jarrett Bay Boatworks in Beaufort, North ­Carolina, which started as a yard where local charter fishermen could order boats exactly how they wanted them. Today, Jarrett Bay is a 175-acre marine industrial park that houses Cat, MAN and MTU distributors, soft-goods companies, refit and repair services, and whatever else a boat might need. “We can repower it, we can repaint it — anything you want under one roof,” says founder and President Randy Ramsey.

Jarrett Bay President Randy Ramsey
Jarrett Bay President Randy Ramsey says the 90-footer now under construction “will not be a typical sport-fishing boat.”

Jarrett Bay can build it too, if it’s a custom sport-fish yacht. The yard has started production on Hull 62, which will be its biggest so far: a 90-footer with more technical innovations than the builder has ever attempted, or, in some cases, even seen tried by anyone else.

“There are some aspects of this boat that I don’t believe have ever been built this way,” Ramsey says. “Most of our investment has been in the research prior to construction starting. It has been more extensive than [on] any boat I’ve been involved in.”


The stringer system is one element that Ramsey says will be unique. It is being designed with substantial use of carbon-fiber composites, which also will be utilized in the bridge, cabin and decks. Titanium will replace some items that would have been heavier if built in bronze or stainless steel. The goal is to maintain strength while reducing weight and increasing speed.

Six staterooms and five heads are specified. Delivery is in spring 2017.

For the 90, Ramsey says, the company also has invested in tools that will allow for more vacuum-bagging. “The hull itself is actually a wooden skin,” he says. “We probably could have saved a little weight by using a composite, but we wanted to make sure this boat is ­quiet underway. That is very important to this customer.”

Like most Jarrett Bay buyers, the customer is a knowledgeable boater. His current yacht is in the 70-foot range, a custom build from another yard. The plan for the 90 is family use in the Bahamas along with fish-chasing expeditions to Panama and the South Pacific.


Power plants haven’t been chosen, but initial specs show a range of more than 4,000 miles at 10 knots. Cruising speed will be in the high 30-knot range with a top hop in the low to mid-40s.

To keep the cruising comfortable, Jarrett Bay is working with ­Seakeeper to install what Ramsey says will be that company’s largest stabilizer unit to date. Aerodynamic testing will maximize performance, fiber-optic cabling is being researched for the audiovisual and communications systems, interior mock-ups are in the works, and more.

“We’ve built some nice boats, and I love them all, from the smallest one we’ve built to this one,” Ramsey says, “but it’s fun to have a customer this excited, who wants to put the maximum effort into even the smallest details.”


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