Jarrett Bay 68

Jarrett Bay 68 — By Richard Thiel — March 2003

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Everything aboard Adaro reflects the combined talents and experience of her owners and builder.
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Greatness often occurs at the intersection of synergy and serendipity. Athletes, for example, may achieve greatness only if they are born in the right era, encounter coaches who know how to bring out their best, and find themselves among teammates who complement their talents.

The Jarrett Bay 68 Adaro is a great boat that is the result of synergy and serendipity. The serendipity happened when Jay and Karen Johnson decided to build a custom sportfisherman and sent out faxes to a number of yards. By chance, Randy Ramsey, president of Jarrett Bay, was standing nearby when his appeared and responded immediately, impressing Johnson. (Other recipients were tardy or--unbelievably--never answered.) The synergy was between Jarrett Bay's willingness and ability to turn uncompromising visions into reality and the Johnsons' uncommon knowledge of what they wanted.

Owners of four boats over 48 feet in the last 13 years, the Johnsons were demanding, not in an unreasonable sense but because they had a concept that encompassed details large and small. You see it the moment you enter the saloon through the pneumatically operated door. It's big because, as Karen puts it, "This is where we spend our time." There's no dinette, the space being dedicated to a full-beam galley forward. The starboard side is the beverage half, and the port side is devoted to cooking. Karen explains that when preparing meals on their previous boat, a 60-foot Huckins that they extensively customized, she was constantly interrupted by people looking for liquid refreshment. So Adaro's starboard side has two refrigerator drawers, two freezer drawers, an ice maker, drink and glass stowage, and a nifty pull-out coffee maker. Above the aft black-granite counter are two deep drawers with Lexan sides so Karen, who says she's "not quite 5'1"," can see what's in them. The aft counter on this side has two bar stools where kibitzers can belly up without disturbing her culinary machinations.

"Her" side of the galley has a full-size Thermador convection/microwave/conventional oven, second microwave above, pot and pan and cutlery drawers, gobs of stowage, and an undercounter upright refrigerator and freezer. There's no dishwasher because, according to Karen, "the only thing people use them for is stowage, and I'd rather have real stowage instead." She also specified the joinery here: flawlessly crafted quarter-sawn, book-matched American cherry cabinets and a stunning cherry and ebony sole.

Without a dinette, the rest of the saloon is perforce multipurpose. To accomplish that, the Johnsons turned to Release Marine of Savannah, which created a table that, by mechanical magic, morphs from four feet square to two by six feet. Surrounding it is a U-shape leather couch (rod and dry stowage below) that offers a fine view of the retractable 42-inch Revox plasma TV to starboard.

Obviously Karen's no mere swatch-picker, but Jay's hand is obvious, too. Forward of the TV he specified a console that tips out of the flawless American cherry and Carpathian elm burl joinery to reveal a Raymarine wind indicator, Icom VHF and SSB, Furuno Navtex, and a computer outlet that lets him interface his laptop with the SSB for e-mail. "It's slow," says Jay, "but basically free." At the end of the settee by the door, an end table opens to expose a fax machine and satphone. The Bass electrical panel is directly to starboard, notable because Jarrett Bay encloses the back of it in a steel box because, according to Ramsey, "We've heard of too many fires starting here."

There's a good deal of iconoclasm aboard Adaro, including her name, which belongs to a half-man, half-marlin Polynesian god of the sea. Also, there are but three staterooms below, the starboard aft one with right-angle berths belonging to the captain. It has direct access to a head that, thanks to a second entrance, doubles as a day head. The port-side guest accommodation offers side-by-side berths separated by a nightstand. Extra-friendly couples who don't care for twin beds can easily remove the stand, slide the beds together, and reinstall the stand to inboard.

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This article originally appeared in the March 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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