Bayliss Boatworks starts construction of 84-footer

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Bayliss Boatworks this month will begin construction of the 84-foot Orion, the company's largest project to date.


Designed in a collaborative effort between Bayliss and naval architect Robert Ullberg, Orion will be its first with a navy blue hull. The vessel's five-stateroom/five-head layout will include Bayliss' first full beam master with a 6-foot walk-in closet, an office desk, an L-shaped sofa and a king-size bunk.

"An 84-foot boat gives us a lot of latitude. We're excited about some of the new features we'll be able to implement in the layout and design of this project," owner John Bayliss said in a statement. "The owner and crew have already provided us with some great new ideas and we're looking forward to the opportunity to build a boat this large that can still fish aggressively."

Bayliss Boatworks has been building custom sportfishing yachts in Wanchese, N.C., since 2002. Orion is the 16th hull for Bayliss.


Maine Boatbuilders Show opens tomorrow

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