Boat Review: Jarrett Bay 61

Jarrett Bay has built a reputation of producing one-of-a-kind vessels that can handle the roughest inlet when other boats stay in the slip.

It's said that no boat can be all things to all people. That's just fine with Randall Ramsey and the folks at Jarrett Bay Boat Works. "We build a simple boat," Ramsey says. "We build a top-quality sport-fishing boat that's just great in the ocean."

In the 12 years since two of North Carolina's local charter skippers joined with the dream of building a fast, strong, efficient fishing boat, Jarrett Bay has built a reputation of producing one-of-a-kind vessels that can handle the roughest inlet when other boats stay in the slip. Ramsey expects the company's newest and largest model, the 61, to continue that reputation with more cockpit, flybridge and interior space than ever before.

Built with wood and fiberglass throughout, Jarrett Bay boats feature an extensive egg crate system that provides a solid, lightweight package. This translates into an efficient hull that produces good speeds at modest power. Ramsey expects the 61 to achieve a 30-knot cruise at 1,950 rpm with its twin Detroit/MTU 2000 diesels, and a top speed approaching 40 knots at 2,350 rpm.

Like most other Carolina custom shops, no two Jarrett Bay boats are ever the same. No pre-fabricated parts are used in any boat, and each takes on the owner's personality in overall design, layout and engineering.

With that approach, maybe a simple boat can please just about anyone.