Beaufort, NC (June 18, 2013) - Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently delivered the company’s newest flagship, and largest custom sport-fisher built to date, the 77-foot Blank Check. No strangers to big-game fishing, and Jarrett Bay’s newest family members, the Doyle Family enjoyed a triple-header white-marlin release on Blank Check’s first day offshore during the Big Rock Lady Angler Tournament earlier this month.
From her cold-molded fir and Okume bones to fiberglass skin coated in glossy Alexseal Cloud White, the 77-foot Jarrett Bay stays true to its custom Carolina heritage, yet represents the next evolution in sport-fisher performance and functionality. Thanks to prop tunnels, the 77’s shaft angle is lower, yielding increased speed and efficiency - and a noteworthy draft of less than six feet. The high-speed stainless rudders and struts and a bottom with no through-hull protrusions or fairings result in an incredibly fast and sleek running surface.
Blank Check’s interior mirrors her sleek exterior with high-gloss cherry veneers throughout its five-stateroom, six-head layout. Flawless joinery covers her TriCel composite, keeping the weight to speed ratio at top performance levels without sacrificing durability in the roughest seas. The 77’s sweeping mezzanine overhang gives way to a massive 255-square-foot cockpit, complete with two pressurized livewells with capacities up to 125 gallons.
Under the hood, you’ll find twin 16V-2000 MTUs rated at 2,600 hp. Carrying 3,200 gallons of fuel, the 77 hits a top speed of 41 knots and cruising speed of 35 knots. With nearly 60 custom builds to date, Jarrett Bay designs its hulls, first and foremost, with performance in mind. Jarrett Bay’s proven modified-vee hull design uses steadfastly seaworthy, lightweight materials allowing Blank Check to be faster than other similarly sized boats with equal or more horsepower, and significantly superior fuel economy than custom and production boats in her class.
After decades of boat ownership, the Doyles knew exactly what they wanted in their next custom sport-fisher to ideally complement their pursuit of blue marlin the world over. “Jarrett Bay will do just about whatever you can envision. If you imagine it, they can build it,” states Blank Check Capt. Danny Hearn. “Everything is first-class and really sharp. The tower is massive, but extremely well balanced and proportional to the boat. An all-around awesome platform for the family to travel and fish from.”
Randy Ramsey, Jarrett Bay president, says “It has been especially meaningful for our crew of craftsmen to have a hand in the 77. The milestone of building our largest hull and working with such gracious yet discerning owners has given rise to the next benchmark in custom sportfish construction, and will be a well-earned feather in our craftsmen's caps.”
After making her tournament circuit debut at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, Blank Check heads to search for more bluewater giants in Bermuda during July and St. Thomas in August before heading back to her home waters of Palm Beach. Be sure to follow her reports from the rip on Jarrett Bay’s digitals at www.jarrettbay.com.