New Bayliss 62-footer - Anglers Journal - A Fishing Life

Photos by Austin Coit

Bayliss Boatworks represents some of the finest Carolina design and craftsmanship. The look is classic yet modern, with performance that’s tough to beat. The builder’s latest launch is the second hull in its GameBoat series of 60- to 62-foot sportfishermen.

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The company states: “In every GameBoat, it is mandatory that tackle must have an easily accessible and expansive storage area, the interior must be effortless, end-of-day washdowns quick and speed easily attainable.” The 62-footer GameChanger delivers on those cues in a format customized for a fine-tuned sportfishing team.

The cloud-white hull is set off by what appears to be teak brightwork, including the transom, drip molding, toe rail, helm pod and saloon door. However, it’s actually “faux teak,” a wood alternative that minimizes cleanup and maintenance — and is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. The tackle room is as as meticulously laid out as the cockpit is, with a place for everything and everything at your fingertips.

Powered by twin MTU M96L 12V diesels that pump out 1,920 horses each, GameChanger charges to a top end of 44 knots and cruises at 37 knots. A Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilizer allows her to maintain an even keel in rough seas.

The interior layout features a saloon/galley area, three staterooms, two heads and that massive tackle room with oversized bait freezers. On the flybridge, the helm station offset to port with seating to starboard, teaser reels above and an amazing array of navigational and fishing electronics.

GameChanger left her Wanchese, North Carolina, birthplace ready for the winter billfish action in warmer climes. 

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