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Build a Dream with Jarrett Bay Boatworks

Victoria Barnett

By Victoria Barnett

October 28, 2015

64_JBBW_Hull59_Running_Web-188956-editedTravel back in time to 1986 when the charter fishing industry was flourishing in North Carolina. Although the fishing grounds along the Atlantic coast were rich and abundant, the treacherous waters posed a challenge for fishermen with aging local charter boats. This obstacle sparked an idea – an idea that became Jarrett Bay Boatworks.

The founders of Jarrett Bay set out to build a new and better sportfishing boat that could weather heavy seas and provide a stable fishing platform.

Almost 30 years later, Jarrett Bay has transformed from building a single boat, Sensation, to now producing the next evolution of custom sportfish boats. The dream came alive and is still thriving today. Now, Jarrett Bay’s mission is to see other boat owners’ dreams come true as well.

That dream starts with a custom sportfish boat.

I caught up with Randy Ramsey, President and Co-Founder of Jarrett Bay Boatworks to discuss this concept.

“We allow our customers an unrivaled ability to build their interpretation of the perfect fishing boat and unprecedented access to being a hands-on part of the build process.”

There’s a reason customers build time and time again with Jarrett Bay. Not only do they love how highly-customized each layout can be made to tailor their personal style, but they also love being able to work together with engineers and management teams as if they were dealing with their best friends. As Randy points out, these relationships last far beyond the building process.

“We build relationships with our customers that last generations, not just for the duration of the build process.”

JBBW_BowFlare_MarcMontocchio-505597-editedIn fact, in 2013, Randy had the opportunity to fish with Jarrett Bay customers aboard their recently delivered 77’ Jarrett Bay “Blank Check” and witness their win of the Blue Marlin World Cup in Bermuda. Talk about a dream come true!

Jarrett Bay strives to make dreams like these come true for all of their customers and even for themselves, as Randy recently achieved a dream of his own.

When the economic downturn left one Jarrett Bay boat without a proper home, Randy took it upon himself to create a new future for her and give her a complete makeover inside and out. So began the major refit of the Hull 25.

In deciding what to name the boat, Randy took it back to what started it all — Starflite — the old charter boat Randy transmuted into Sensation and that ultimately built Jarrett Bay. Now, the new Starflite not only showcases the strengths and capabilities of Jarrett Bay, but it embodies the passion upon which Jarrett Bay was founded.

At this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, you can see firsthand the vision and talent behind Jarrett Bay that make dreams become a reality. The Jarrett Bay 64’ “Builder’s Choice” will make her debut in Bahia Mar C-313. Also, the totally refit Jarrett Bay 54’ will be in attendance being used by Caterpillar as one of their demo boats.

“When you walk aboard the Jarrett Bay 64’, you can’t help but feel the pride that each of our craftsmen have in their work, the security of a family all working towards a common goal and the sense of tradition to build the finest sportfish available.”

Jarrett Bay knows boats are plentiful, but they also know you have a dream. That’s where they come in.

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Top image courtesy of Jarrett Bay Boatworks. Bottom image courtesy of Marc Montocchio. 

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