Bayliss Boatworks 67 Review

Simplicity, elegance and versatility keep the competition envious
The custom Bayliss Boatworks sport-fishing boat cruises across the ocean at sundown. Warm lights and tones bounce off the modern touches of boat design.
Overtime is designed to chase a variety of pelagic gamefish as efficiently as possible. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks / Eden Saunders

Purpose-built to quickly adapt to a variety of target species and fishing styles, this is the brand-new 67-foot Bayliss, Overtime. This team not only likes to billfish, but they also like their meat fish too, so Bayliss Boatworks’ orders were crystal-clear. And as expected, the builder delivered on all requests, providing a beautiful fishing platform that exceeded all expectations. “We had great guidance,” John Bayliss says. “Both the captain and the owner knew what they needed when it came to storage, capability and performance, so we delivered it—exactly what they wanted—on budget, and two months early.”

Cockpit and Mezzanine

The cockpit is appropriately arranged to a fault. In the sole, a stainless-steel-lined fish box is plumbed with an ice maker to manage the largest of catches. Maintaining the Carolina tradition, the 67 also boasts a large transom fish box that pulls ­double duty as a livewell, which is part of an intricate system that also includes on-deck well capability. In the forward corners, two removable tuna-tube ­clusters that accommodate up to seven baits each are plumbed under the gunwales. Lazarette storage to port and starboard allows the crew easy access to needed fishing items, and under each gunwale are clever ­sliding doors that reveal storage for brushes, mops and gaffs.

To accommodate the assorted fishing styles, Overtime is outfitted with both a 10-rod, faux-teak rocket launcher and fighting chair, and each can be stored under the master bed for safekeeping. Forward of the rocket launcher, a Seakeeper 18 is mounted in the deck and is cloaked with a removable waterproof hatch that is accessible by simply removing the caulk.

The cockpit of a custom Bayliss Boatworks sport-fishing boat, showing a fighting chair and the cresting waves from the boat in the ocean.
The teak cockpit is laid out to make maximum use of the available space. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks / Eden Saunders

Bayliss eliminates most all of the cockpit dead space by ­creating storage ­opportunities in every nook and cranny, which is also evident throughout the mezzanine, with multiple chilled compartments, additional ­storage, and a drink box. A chilled freshwater dispenser and a grill are now standard for those who are doing their best to kick ­single-use plastic and cook on board.

As you enter the salon, the handsome walnut ­cabinetry is found throughout and is set against light-gray sofas. A combination of carpeted flooring and a cork sole in the galley provides an eye-­catching contrast. An abundant amount of custom storage proliferates throughout the salon, including under the U-shaped sofa to port, the starboard-side sofa, and the walnut coffee table. ­Adult-beverage storage is neatly tucked between the sofa and dinette on the starboard side.

The interior seating and salon spaces of a custom Bayliss Boatworks sport-fishing boat. The clean interior is white lounge cushions, set against dark wood finishes.
The salon features walnut cabinetry, set off with the light grey sofas. A day head is a welcome and useful addition. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks / Eden Saunders

Built primarily as a ­dayboat but able to easily overnight in the Mag Bay anchorage, Overtime does not lack the ­creature comforts necessary for anglers to rest and unwind. The galley hosts two Sub-Zero units, a Wolf convection-/­microwave-oven combo, and a hidden Wolf cooktop. Custom cabinets provide convenient storage, and just forward of the galley, a large pantry exists. Directly across from the pantry is a spacious day head—a pleasant surprise on this 67-footer.

Down the companionway, a tackle room able to house all the team’s tools of the trade is set to starboard, and as mentioned, because this crew is prepared for any species at any time, all the tackle and rods and reels are stored on board. Light-tackle billfish combos are stored against the cork wall in the tackle room, while walnut cabinetry is full of custom storage for anything the crew might need. Opposite the rod ­storage, a backlit closet with even more rods and reels is accessible through a glass door.

The interior wood-finished storage spaces of the custom Bayliss Boatworks sport-fishing boat.
The dedicated tackle room keeps everything within easy reach yet out of the way when not needed. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks / Eden Saunders

Forward finds two ­staterooms with over/under bunks and a head, and just prior to the master ­stateroom, the washer and dryer are ­hidden behind a door that blends ­seamlessly into the ­companionway’s Whisper Wall.

The forward master provides a queen bed with custom cabinetry and ample storage for even more tackle, as well as a host of personal items, and two other storage areas and a safe, both hidden. The en suite head is not only spacious, but also gorgeous, with walnut veneers and granite countertops.

The helm of the custom Bayliss Boatworks sport-fishing boat shows a full-view of the sun setting over the ocean.
The peninsula helm with three 22-inch Garmin multifunction displays. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks / Eden Saunders

Flybridge and Helm

Through a bridge-deck hatch, a peninsula-style helm with a faux-teak pod is oriented to the port side and is complemented with three 22-inch Garmin displays, other electronics equipment displays, and controls such as the Furuno Omni, autopilot, Seakeeper control head, and fluid-level gauges, to name a few. Overhead, the CAT engine monitor sits between two VHF radios.

Life jackets are dry-stored under the seat forward of the console; the starboard-side seat houses additional safety equipment and sports a removable, aft-facing ladder-style chairback. The bridge also contains more options for storing cushions as well as the life raft, and is plumbed with fresh water to help make cleanup easy.

The sparkling clean and tidy interior of a custom Bayliss Boatworks sport-fishing boat.
This build was designed around Caterpillar’s newest C32B engines, each producing 2,000 hp. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks / Eden Saunders

Engine Room and Performance

Access to the engine room is centerline through a mezzanine hatch, and the entryway is roomy, to say the least. I was able to easily access all the components, including outboard of the engines where the batteries are stored in custom boxes, among other things. Any and all of the essentials that would be expected are present. Bayliss’ proprietary Fresh Flow system providing fresh water to all water-cooled equipment is mounted on the starboard side, and all pumps and backups are adjacent to it. There is custom CNC-cut tool storage, and all plumbing and wiring are labeled for quick and easy identification.
The builder also goes so far as to update the through-hull valve handles by providing beefier stainless-steel handles coated with truck-bed liner to make opening and closing easier when necessary, or in an emergency.

The new Caterpillar C32B 2,000 hp engines provide Overtime with an impressive top end of 44.5 knots. Pulling her back to an 80 percent load gives the boat a 38-plus-knot cruise at 2,000 rpm, while 1,800 rpm results in a speed of 33 knots. At just 67 feet, these numbers make the ride feel like a much larger vessel.
During our sea trial, Bayliss performed a series of high-level maneuvers to simulate full-on tournament-fishing mode. Twin Disc’s programmable gears can be easily customized for the captain and his type of fishing, and the results were phenomenal: Overtime spun on a dime like a boat half her size, without the aid of the thruster.

The first Bayliss built with the new CAT C32B’s is loose and on the hunt in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and she is anything but unrecognizable. Unable to hide her aqueous and eye-­pleasing lines, Overtime is a true custom-Carolina build that highlights the extensive ­talents of her craftsmen with over ­64,000 ­man-hours invested.

Read Next: Meet boatbuilder John Bayliss in our interview.

Bayliss Boatworks 67 Specs

  • LOA: 67’6”
  • Beam: 19’10”
  • Draft: 5’5”
  • Displ.: 110,000 lb.
  • Fuel: 2,050 gal.
  • Water: 400 gal.
  • Power: CAT C32B 2,000 hp
  • Gears: Twin Disc MGX-6620A
  • Propellers: Veem, 5-blade
  • Paint: Axalta Imron, Matterhorn White
  • Climate Control: Technicold/Dometic

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