Bayliss 62 GameBoat

Modern construction in a sleek custom sport-fisher

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The layout will consist of a three-stateroom two-head design, with a huge tackle room and day head off the main companionway.Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks

Construction is now underway on Tarheel, a 62-foot GameBoat from North Carolina's Bayliss Boatworks. The GameBoat series sport-fishers are designed to be fished hard with minimal maintenance, and incorporate speed, versatility and simplicity in their designs.

Tarheel will feature a sleek profile with hardtop and white brow plus a plethora of faux-teak components, including toe rail, drip molding and transom. The layout will consist of a three-stateroom two-head design, with an easily accessible day head and huge tackle room located just off the main companionway. Systems will include a pair of Northern Lights 20 kW generators, an FCI 1,800-gallon-per-day watermaker, two Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizers and a Dometic chilled-water air-conditioning system, which is now standard on all Bayliss builds.

A pair of MTU 12V M96L engines, each producing 1,920 hp, will provide outstanding performance. With a fuel capacity of 1,850 gallons, Tarheel will have the speed and range to reach the bite quickly.

“This boat will combine the practicality and layouts from our first two GameBoats,” John Bayliss says. “We look forward to fishing this one hard on the East Coast tournament circuit before eventually heading to Costa Rica.” The build began in March 2018 and should be completed by summer 2019.