When first introduced, the Jarrett Bay 32 had a pair of 250-hp outboards on the transom. The company’s newest iteration makes what many hard-core anglers feel is a significant improvement: Cummins common-rail diesel power with jackshaft and sterndrive.
Unlike its larger custom boats, Jarrett Bay builds the 32 (including the hardtop, cabin, decks and interior) of super-strong, lightweight foam/fiberglass composites and with a solid-fiberglass running bottom.
Like her larger siblings, the 32 shouts “North Carolina!” with a beautiful broken sheer line and Carolina bow flare. Also true to boats plying Oregon Inlet and environs, a deep forefoot and sharp entry make for a soft ride in a head sea. Yet, she qualifies as a true walkaround, with remarkably wide walkways outboard of the cabin. You won’t need to precariously balance yourself with a rod in hand as you walk forward to fight a fish on this boat. It’s like fishing a center console in that respect. You can feel totally secure fighting and chasing down a fish bow-first.
Despite her sterndrive, the 32’s shallow draft makes for a very functional inshore boat for fishing bays and estuaries. And with the price of gasoline skyrocketing as well as the threats against boats committed by ethanol, the time for diesel power in small boats has arrived.
Yes, this boat has a single engine. But before you claim to be unable to handle single-screw maneuvering and need more power, listen up. The Konrad sterndrive attached to the 425-hp, 5.9-liter Cummins, common-rail, fully electronic diesel is rated at over 700-foot-pounds of torque. A Twin Disc MG 5075 marine gear box transfers the power to a jackshaft. Since the MG 5075 has forward and reverse gears, the outdrive no longer houses gearing that posed so many problems in previous outdrives. According to Capt. Peter B. Wright, “The resulting maneuverability in docking and fish-fighting situations is beyond outstanding.”
Belowdecks, a V-berth lies under the trunk cabin forward of the helm area and provides copious storage underneath the berth.
BEAM……11 ft. 2 in
DRAFT……1 ft. 3 in.
RUN. DRAFT……2 ft. 2 in.
WEIGHT……10,400 lb. (dry)
MAX POWER……425-hp Cummins I/O
JARRETT BAY BOATS / Beaufort, North Carolina / 252-728-2690 / www.jarrettbayyachtsales.com