Jarrett Bay Boatworks 64 Reviewed

A custom beauty from a renowned North Carolina boatbuilder hits the water.
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The 64-foot Rebelette showing off her custom lines and bow flare while underway off Morehead City, North Carolina. Courtesy Jarrett Bay/Luke Pearson

North Carolina’s Jarrett Bay Boatworks latest build is the 64-foot Rebelette. Launched last fall, Hull No. 65 was commissioned by a family who have owned multiple Jarrett Bays. Brand loyalty and customer retention are hallmarks of this custom boatbuilder. This sport-fisherman is notable for some top new tech in the form of twin 2,025 hp Caterpillar C23B diesels. 

The salon’s walnut cabinetry offers a warm, relaxed feeling, illustrating the builder’s penchant for creating stunning interiors. For consistency and visual appeal, the veneer was harvested from a single tree. Walnut-and-maple soles provide contrast while teak barstools and a coffee table create additional depth. The custom seating is both comfortable and functional, with stowage hidden beneath.

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The teak-topped cockpit is ready for action, whether in a high-stakes tournament or just out for a day of fun fishing with the family. Courtesy Jarrett Bay/Luke Pearson

Four Sub-Zero drawer units offer enough cold goods stowage for a tournament, while a low-­profile dinette to starboard offers breakfast with a view through the salon windows. A tackle center is forward and down the companionway to starboard. With this vessel’s focus on fishing, the owners opted to forego a third stateroom to increase the stowage and functionality of a dedicated tackle space, which has customized drawers and cabinets. The master and VIP staterooms were opened up considerably, with larger doorways and full-size queen mattresses, making them each feel much larger than typical on a vessel in this size range. 

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With the interior veneer selected from a single tree, the interior is warm and inviting. Courtesy Jarrett Bay/Luke Pearson

As with any serious fishing machine, Rebelette’s cockpit is not only expansive and teak-topped, but is laid out with plenty of stowage. The necessities are all within easy reach—gaffs, mops, fresh- and salt-water washdowns, outlets for electric reels and more—but everything is cleverly concealed until needed. The mezzanine reveals a similar level of functionality, with a mix of refrigerated and freezer stowage as well as the ice maker feed and hidden access to the engine room. It’s arguably the most comfortable spot on the boat and a perfect location to keep an eye on the trolling spread.  

The flybridge has a peninsula-style helm console to port with two Release helm chairs, surrounded by comfortable bench seating on both sides with a lounge forward of the console. Hidden beneath is a large freezer for storing food or bait, while the lounge, bench seats and brow all contain additional stowage. 

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A look at the galley and dinette, as well as the unique walnut-and-maple sole. Courtesy Jarrett Bay/Luke Pearson

There are a trio of 22-inch Garmin multifunction displays, as well as a tethered remote control for the omnidirectional sonar. Controls for the autopilot, VHF radios, engine joystick and more are concealed beneath covered boxes flanking the console. 

Rebelette reportedly cruises ­comfortably at 31 knots at 1,750 rpm. With 1,650 gallons of fuel, it has range to spare at this speed. At 1,950 rpm, the boat has a reported fast cruising speed of 37 knots. Wide-open throttle is 43 knots, fully loaded and ready to fish. 

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The engine room houses a pair of new Cat C32B engines rated at 2,025 hp each, propelling the vessel to a top hop of 43 knots. Courtesy Jarrett Bay/Luke Pearson

With each build, Jarrett Bay Boatworks seems to push the boundaries of what a sport-fisherman can be in terms of performance and fishability, while also maintaining classically beautiful Carolina lines. Rebelette is another proud emissary of those traditions.

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