Bay 58 — By Capt. Bill Pike
|Carolina flare and varnished-teak accents give the Jarrett Bay 58 a distinctive look.|
The best thing about coming in from offshore standing on the bridge of
the Jarrett Bay 58 was the celebrity-like attention we got. The Intracoastal
Waterway in Fort Lauderdale was jam-packed with battlewagons, motoryachts,
and other smaller craft that afternoon, either headed for the jetties
and the wild-blue Atlantic beyond or coming back. And almost every pair
of eyes on every single vessel we passed bugged out with rapturous appreciation
as Capt. Frank Davis, Sr. eased the blinding-white, custom-built Jarrett
Bay along through the wintertime sunshine, her brightwork gleaming and
her aluminum tuna tower sparkling like a diamond-studded tiara. You’d
have thought sportfishing greats Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey were standing
on the bridge waving to the fans, not just Davis and me.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.