Good Things, Small Packages: The Jarrett Bay 34 Walk-around Express

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The newest Jarrett Bay 34 Walk-around Express is just a few weeks from completion and will be delivered to Bluewater Yacht Sales in early December. Her twin Yamaha 350s were just mounted and the final rigging and preparation is underway.

 

http://www.bluewateryachtsales.com/new-models/59/

http://www.jarrettbay.com/carolina-construction/semi-production/

Bluewater Yacht Yard gets Rave Reviews!

Bluewater Yacht Yard, in Hampton, VirginiaPower & Motoryacht reader Kelly Flynn writes:
“I nominate Bluewater Yacht Yard in Hampton, Virginia. My experience has been excellent—quality customer service since the first time I went there, and they have always treated me with a very friendly, professional manner. Yard manager Craig Messick loaned me a spanner wrench as they ordered one overnight for me so I could clear a nasty air conditioner sea strainer. My 2007, 59-foot Grand Banks trawler Irish Rover was in excellent condition, but they patiently answered all of my systems questions. I also saw the care they put into bottom painting and the all-important surface prep of the hull that an owner seldom sees. A stay in their Bluewater Marina showed me the cleanest and best bathrooms on the Chesapeake Bay, and dockmaster Frances Rossi treated Irish Rover as her own, as well as the other dock employees. I have seen many marinas, but none better.”

Bluewater Yacht Yard.

Regulator 25: By The Numbers at Power and Motoryacht Magazine

By the Numbers

Boaters can count on the Regulator 25 to fall right into a line of great-running, good-looking center consoles.

 

Regulator 25 on Display at Bluewater Yacht Sales 

Regulators on Display at Bluewater: http://www.bluewateryachtsales.com/new-models/164/

Certain boat brands have built real cachet in some ports of call, and the result is a heavily tilted numbers game as you motor through the anchorage. Regulator Marine plays the game as well as anyone, with droves of them turning up in mooring fields from North Carolina to Connecticut to Cape Cod and beyond.

The company has built handsome, seaworthy center consoles in Edenton, North Carolina since 1988, and is currently working to refresh its line with some new models. But don’t worry, you’re not going to see anything outlandish. Case in point, the Regulator 25 has a classic profile and the same sort of performance that buyers have come to expect.

Regulator builds what it knows, which is solid hand-laid fiberglass, using a signature Fiberglass Grillage System of stringers to add strength and rigidity to the hull. While this may not be a showpiece for innovative new-wave construction techniques, the Regulator 25 is built in the finest Carolina tradition by craftsmen using top-quality materials ranging from the resins, gelcoat, and glass in the hull, to electrical components and wiring, deck hardware, tanks, and plumbing.

Naval architect Lou Codega designs all Regulators and they share the same basic running-surface design—no surprises there. The Regulator 25 also incorporates an Armstrong bracket, which the company uses on its new designs, the 28 and 34, and the rigging couldn’t be neater. Regulator’s 24- and 32-foot boats have Euro-transom designs.

A close inspection of the optional T-top revealed a gleaming fiberglass top and bottom and a beefy set of powder-coated support tubes. The top came with some additional options on the test boat, including a matching powder-coated rocket launcher aft, and molded-in LED lights.

One big reason that center consoles skyrocketed in popularity is because they have all-around access, and the Regulator 25 does not disappoint. The deck is flush from bow to stern, so there’s no step to trip you up when you’re focused on a hard-running kingfish or dolphin on the end of your fishing line. Regulator has shelved its open-foredeck layouts on all models, so a forward seating area with built-in benches and a recessed grabrail is the only choice. Beneath the cushions are cavernous lockers: Port and starboard fishboxes offer dry stowage to the tune of 160 quarts each, while a bow locker holds 140 quarts of volume. Between the benches in the sole we found another locker that holds 408 quarts and has a built-in rod rack.

The console itself is large enough (52 inches tall) to have a head inside, but it’s not overbearing—the best way to describe it is that it fits the space. The front of the console has an integrated two-person seat with an insulated cooler box underneath. A powder-coated tubular T-top frame is secured in various locations, helping the entire amidships area feel of a piece. Inside, the head compartment is a bit tight getting in and out for a guy of my average stature at 5-foot-10-inch, but it has 74 inches of overhead height once inside and works just fine.

Behind the console is a leaning post with helm and companion seats that easily flip up to bolsters, or should I say, bolsters that flip down to seats, since the former will undoubtedly be the default position. My first impression is that this leaning post is tall and thin, simply because it doesn’t look like it takes up a lot of fore-and-aft space, and it left 40 inches of cockpit space behind it. Our test boat had a built-in tackle station featuring cabinets with integrated tackle-tray stowage, cupholders, another matched tubular rocket-launcher rod holder smartly fitted with a grabrail (few builders do this as well), and a rack to hang lures, pliers, knives, and more. When kitted out for fishing, all the gear will be out of the way yet easily on hand when the action heats up.

There’s a clever transom bench seat that folds out of the way, though there’s not much of a view forward, due to the leaning post. The transom also has a plumbed 23-gallon livewell and 120-quart dry-stowage locker side-by-side under matching lids. Bilge access is through a deck hatch in the cockpit.

Thanks to the shared hull design through the range, Regulators are Regulators. And that’s a good thing—they’re a delight to drive. As we exited the mouth of the Five Mile River in Rowayton, Connecticut, on our sea trial, Ted O’Neill, sales and business manager at All Seasons Marine Works (www.allseasonsmarineworks.com) stood at the helm and just pushed the throttle levers forward. “There are no surprises,” he said, and glanced at me with a shrug and his best you were expecting something different? expression. Shortly thereafter, the twin 200-horsepower Yamaha F200 four-stroke outboards managed to get us to 46 knots on a one-way speed run. The boat was responsive to the helm and tracked like a champ. Rough conditions were hard to come by on Long Island Sound at the time but we found the wakes from some commercial fishing boats and the Regulator’s modified-V hull slid right through them with nary a bump.

If you’re looking for a center console with a nice turn of speed, a solid feel, and some smart use of onboard space, you may want to think of the number 25.

 

http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/boat-tests/regulator-25

Jersey Pride: Viking 52

Viking 52

By Kevin Koenig

THE INFO
  • Builder: Viking
  • Model: Viking 52
  • Year: 2013
  • Boat Type: Sportfisherman
  • LOA: 53’2″
  • Beam: 17’6″
  • Draft: 4’11”

Jersey Pride

Seeking enough speed to go toe to toe with custom Carolina boats? Then you’d be wise to check out the Viking 52, which we tested one gusty day off Cape May, New Jersey.

As any seasoned boat tester will tell you, test-day conditions make all the difference. While most boaters recite “red sky at night …” and hope for glassy conditions, we testers are more or less keeping our fingers crossed for the exact opposite. The day I took the Viking 52 off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey, the winds were gusting up to 30 knots, the rain came in fits, and the seas were a mishmash of 4- to 6-foot peaks. So far so good.

The 52 Convertible is meant as an entry point into the class of serious tournament fishing boats. But she’s on the low end of the size that many tournament captains would be comfortable taking to the grounds where the biggest fish roam—kind of a nonstarter for the competitive anglers that are interested in these sportfishing boats. As such, she’d need to incorporate enough onboard space, slow-speed maneuverability, and high speed giddyup to earn a spot at the table.

Before I even stepped aboard the 52 I knew one thing to be true: Woe be unto the billfish that attacks a bait trolled behind her. She’s already won the Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational, and looks to have more victories coming her way. Video from the Beach Haven tournament, held off Long Beach Island, New Jersey, shows the boat backing down on what will become the tournament-winning blue marlin. In the video—which a friend who had been part of the crew sent me before the test (you can watch it here ➤) there is more than a little water toppling over the transom into the cockpit. I asked the Viking captain about this observation before we shoved off, and he assured me that the extra water in the cockpit was his fault, not the boat’s. He said he had gotten overly excited about the big (and potentially valuable) fish and backed down too hard, too fast. So obviously, I had to look into the boat’s slow-speed maneuverability once we got outside of the Cape May Inlet. What I found was that in reverse, even in that wind and bouncy chop, she performed quite well, with the cockpit staying about as dry as it could, all things considered. What’s more, once you split ’em, the boat spins like a top—so fast it was a little bit disorienting, and I mean that as a compliment.

At speed out in the Atlantic, the boat shrugged off the waves surely and steadily at about a 27-knot pace. And on the way back in from the churning ocean we found a small, sheltered straightaway and dropped the hammer. The Viking’s twin 1,400-horsepower MANs conspired to rocket her over the flats at 43.5 knots, (with some aid from the current). The boat has a nifty 30- to 35-knot cruise between 1800 and 2100 rpm in similar conditions, as well. Those speeds are attributable to a few different things; the big optional MAN V12s obviously (1,000-horsepower MAN V8s are standard), but also a relatively light dry weight of around 60,000 pounds with the V12s (the 70,280 pound number in the specs reflects fuel, gear, and other considerations). Add in recessed strut bases that are covered with slick fiberglass panels for better water flow, and a proprietary screw setup that bites like a Doberman, and there you go: A 40-knot fish boat.

Viking has ensured light, strong, and bubble-free hulls by infusing vinylester resins into all of its builds since 2010. (Parts of the bridge, fuel tanks, and other pieces remain infused with polyester resins.) Kevlar and hybrid laminates aid in producing the boat’s aforementioned light weight, and also provide further ruggedness. A slippery running surface is highlighted by a fine entry and a transom that has been widened by 8 inches, and flattened from 15 degrees to 12 degrees of deadrise over the 52 model that debuted in 2002. The result of the evolution in transom deadrise is better lift and acceleration, while the steep entry and loads of freeboard take care of Mother Nature.

My test boat also had a beefy tuna tower from Viking subsidiary Palm Beach Towers that looked to be an ideal spot for spying game fish in the spread. The engine room was painted white for easy leak spotting, had plenty of room to starboard to access the batteries, and had an easily reachable Airmar transducer that was built into the hull on centerline. Duplex fuel-water separators were forward and were also easy to access, as were the distribution panels for the electrical systems, which were positioned against the aft bulkhead. It was quite an engine room, befitting of a boat of this price. My only gripe was that due to a raised walkway between the mains (with seawater pumps and other paraphernalia underneath), headroom in the middle section of the ER underneath the saloon was relatively tight at 3 feet 10 inches.

Besides that one, minor critique, Viking really did manage to pack a laudable amount of space into a 52 foot 2 inch boat. As I mentioned, that’s a size some serious anglers will balk at because they usually want a bit more onboard room for extended trips, but that shouldn’t be a problem for this boat.

The cockpit has 145 square feet, more than enough for a crew to work at the oft frantic pace tournament fishing demands. Meanwhile, the bridgedeck has two sturdy and comfortable Release chairs at the helm, where I might add, the Release teak console makes for a handsome option. Bench seating to port and twin bucket seats up front make this boat suited for cruising as well.

Indoors, the saloon sported a forward galley with an island counter for better feng shui than a peninsula setup can offer. Woods can be either have high-gloss or satin finish and all fabrics are customizable in the saloon as well, just like they are down below.

On that level, scissoring bunks in the forepeak VIP mean two grownups can be comfortable, while the starboard-side master offered a queen berth and good headroom. The air conditioning shoots out from plenums lining the room, so no one area becomes frigid. A nice touch. The en suite head has a shower that is large and features a bench seat. A third stateroom to port had bunk beds. This room would be serviceable for crew, though may end up being used more for kids or stowage.

The Viking 52 has plenty of onboard space and speed and maneuverability in spades. What’s more, with her unabashed seakindliness, when it’s red sky in the morning … you’re going fishing!

 

http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/boat-tests/viking-52

Travel Channel “Extreme Yachts” Featuring Sabre 48 airing on 11/6 at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST

Sabre Yachts is proud to announce that the Travel Channel show “ExtremeYachts” will be airing a segment featuring the Sabre 48, which was produced at both our Rockland & Raymond facilities here in Maine. 

 

Sabre 48 Express On Order at Bluewater Yacht Sales due in November 2014

Link to the Sabre 48: http://www.bluewateryachtsales.com/new-models/photo/109/0/

The show will be airing this  Wednesday November  6th at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. Please feel free to share this with everyone:

 

Extreme Yachts
Extreme Yachts travels the country to see how top designers and nautical engineers create some of the most amazing vessels ever to hit the high seas.