I’ve never seen a custom sportfish quite like the latest from North Carolina builder Jarrett Bay Boatworks, and that’s because, frankly, there isn’t another boat on the water like it.
Jarrett Bay hull No. 67, a 56-footer christened Renegade, combines design elements of a convertible with those of an express to give the owner the best of both worlds. The expansive flybridge offers a state-of-the art helm suite and access to the full-gap tuna tower complete with an upper station, while the enclosed lower helm also has fantastic visibility with a massive windshield. When the captain wants to be close to the action or protected on foul-weather days, the lower helm is the ideal spot as it opens to the cockpit yet is fully enclosed for climate-controlled comfort. This layout gave way to other design cues that truly set Renegade apart.
Make no mistake, Renegade is a fishing boat. The owner wanted flexibility to accommodate a variety of fishing techniques for a range of pelagic brawlers. A Release Marine fighting chair for trolling for big blue marlin can be swapped out with an oversized rocket launcher for targeting sailfish and white marlin on light tackle. There is a 100-gallon live well in the transom, and tuna tubes are hidden under a panel in the covering board.
The mezzanine deck houses a bait freezer and refrigerated compartment, in addition to an icebox and drink cooler. A tackle cabinet with hidden mop storage and a grill top, along with a ladder to the flybridge, are to starboard. A massive fishbox with a dedicated ice machine is situated under the cockpit sole.
The flybridge gives the boat the feel of a classic convertible with seating for several guests and includes recessed overhead engine gauges and electric teaser reels. Visibility from the bridge is excellent, and the tower station allows the skipper to scan for action from an even higher perch.
The lower helm is laid out with three 22-inch Garmin MFDs; it’s the same configuration that’s on the flybridge to maintain continuity of operation. The tower station also has fully interfaced electronics. Forward of the lower helm is a U-shaped dinette with a table that can be lowered to create a daybed or additional accommodations. To starboard is lounge seating, a wet bar, an undercounter Subzero refrigerator and a recessed 52-inch television. The lower helm enjoys expansive sightlines through the one-piece windshield and side windows.
The two-stateroom layout below includes a galley with a full-size refrigerator/freezer, a Wolf cooktop and a microwave, as well as gloss-finished walnut cabinetry and white quartz countertops. The same materials are used in the two staterooms and head. The owner has plenty of storage for everything from flatware to food, and a beautiful, custom tackle center holds an extensive compliment of rods, reels, lures and rigging necessities. The tackle station alone is a testament to the planning and craftsmanship that went into this boat.
The engine room houses a pair of MTU 10-cylinder, 1,600-hp diesels that provide a 40-knot top end and a 34-knot cruise. A Seakeeper 18 gyroscopic stabilizer, a 24-kW generator, FCI watermaker, icemakers and more are expertly arranged for ease of servicing.
Renegade is a one-of-a-kind boat designed with maximum input from the owner and brought to life by Jarrett Bay’s team of engineers, shipwrights and craftsmen.
WEIGHT: 61,000 pounds (dry)
FUEL: 1,200 gallons
WATER: 250 gallons
POWER: 2/1,600-hp MTU 10V-2000 M96 diesels