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North Carolina custom builder Jarrett Bay Boatworks this summer launched a stunning convertible named Reel Development. Measuring 84 feet and with a 21-foot, 8-inch beam, she’s powered by twin MTU 16V-2000 M96L diesels that provide a combined 5,200 hp. The boat’s top end exceeds 46 mph, and she cruises efficiently at 38 mph. That’s serious performance for a 70-ton boat — the result of Jarrett Bay’s power plant choice and advanced hull dynamics.

Sporting a dark-blue hull that contrasts with her white decks and teak brightwork, Reel Development is beautiful both in motion and at the dock. Her lines are enhanced by a swept-back cabin house that complements a graceful reverse sheer line.

The owner aims to fish faraway destinations, so the boat has tankage for 3,600 gallons of fuel, twin 38-kW Northern Lights gensets and dual Seakeeper 16 gyroscopic stabilizers. The engine room is climate-controlled and designed for ease of maintenance. It is accessible from the cockpit or through a watertight door abaft the crew quarters.

The flybridge features a helm pod, three 24-inch Garmin multifunction displays, a 260-gallon freezer and a sun lounge with stowage space beneath. The area has a dedicated air conditioning system, and the faux teak deck is easy on the feet. A full-height tower provides a perch for the captain to sight fish and oversee the action after the hookup.

The saloon and galley have satin-finished cherry cabinetry, along with an L-shaped settee and a U-shaped dinette with slide-out rod and tackle stowage beneath. The galley has domestic-size appliances that include a range, microwave and Subzero under-counter refrigeration. A ubzero freezer is in the dedicated pantry, which has space for weeks’ worth of provisions.

Accommodations below deck are set around a four-stateroom design, each with a private head and enclosed shower. An aft cabin serves as crew quarters. Each stateroom is air conditioned and has a flatscreen television and ample stowage, including cedar-lined hanging lockers. The boat has a dedicated laundry room with a full-size washer and dryer.

The 260-square-foot cockpit has a 210-gallon transom fishbox/live well with a glass viewing window, a mezzanine area with a settee for four, tackle stowage, a bait freezer and a refrigerated compartment for rigged baits. There’s also a pair of 120-gallon, in-deck fishboxes, a tackle center and engine room access, all trimmed off with teak decking and gunwales.

Reel Development is Jarrett Bay’s second-largest convertible (the 90-foot Jaruco is the biggest) and adds to its credentials as one of the finest yacht builders in the business. Check out the boat at

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