Air conditioning cools the forward half of the flybridge, and a cocktail table hides a refrigerated drink box to augment the freezer space under the other flybridge seats. Recessed above the helm you'll find four Miya Epoch electric teaser reels - there are two more up in the tower as well. In fact, you can control all six teaser reels from the tower.
This 68 boasts an expansive dash with more than enough space for four beautiful KEP 19-inch LCD Glass Bridge displays - all flush-mounted onto a beautiful black-carbon-fiber background.
I particularly like how Palm Beach Towers places the tower legs inside the flybridge rail these days, making accessing the tower much safer.
The overhead on the flybridge is nonskid that's actually sanded down and then shot several times with Alexseal, which dampens glare, provides a satin finish and cleans easily.
The innovative deck design ensures that what little water does come in through the transom door when backing down hard barely wets the deck, instead running right to the scuppers. More hidden actuator buttons open and close the glossy sliding doors under the gunwale, which hide all of the storage for gaffs and mops as well as the connections for shore water, oil pump-outs and power.
Another unique feature, the starboard-side single mezzanine seat comes with a drawer that pulls out to reveal an electric grill complete with fold-up sides to protect the bulkhead coaming and the upholstery from heat and spatters.
Design and Construction
Uno Mas utilizes triple-plank, cold-molded construction and 100 percent epoxy resins. The cabin, bridge and all bulkheads are built with Okoume plywood and Core-Cell A500 foam to provide maximum strength while saving weight. All structural bulkheads are 3 inches thick, while the hull sides are 2.
Bayliss concedes that the boat could be considered "overbuilt," but it's something you can definitely feel in the ride and hear in its quietness. "Another benefit is the potential for upgrades," says Bayliss. "A few years down the road, you can repower this boat without any concerns for its integrity."
While the craftsmanship and beauty of this boat are an unexpected bonus, I have no problem saying Uno Mas is one of the most advanced, well-thought-out sport-fishing boats I've ever seen.
Generator......Twin 30 kW Northern Lights
Power......T 1,925 hp Caterpillar C32 Acerts
Bayliss Boatworks / Wanchese, North Carolina / 252-473-9797 / www.baylissboatworks.com