Old Reliable is a name long associated with Bayliss boatworks family. In 2003, offshore fly fishing legend Nick Smith set out to build 64 ‘Hull 5 Old Reliable. Smith, with an already impressive fishing history, set new records and achieved great milestones with Hull 5. In 2019, he set the world record for the most striped marlin caught and released on the fly in one. single day and holds several other single-day records as well.
Over the years, Bayliss Boatworks has been active in supporting Old Reliable with maintenance and upgrades, both on the state side and overseas.
âThe same concern that was manifested during construction is evident in their support for their boats in the field and nothing could be more important for a traveling boat,â said Captain Chip Shafer. Smith was impressed with the reliability of Hull 5, but their program had grown to the point where they needed a bigger platform. Thus, in 2019, Bayliss Boatworks was commissioned to build Hull 25, the new 72 ‘Old Reliable.
Old Reliable was designed to be an effective and efficient sea fly fishing weapon. When comparing, you will see many similarities between hull 5 and hull 25, as Smith has adapted to many qualities on the original boat. With 14 years between builds, there was also a great opportunity for modernization and improvement. The same excellence and attention to detail that is ingrained in Smith’s fishing practice was used when developing the plans for Hull 25.
âConstruction of the project started in July 2019; we didn’t know what was coming in March 2020, âsaid a press release from Bayliss Boatworks. âDespite the global pandemic and everything associated with it, our team maintained their focus and Old Reliable was delivered in August, two months ahead of schedule. “
Old Reliable’s shell and top are covered in Imron Cloud White with a black and gold boot band to match the black and gold transom artwork by Everett Nautical.
Hand-selected natural teak planks make up the interior cabin and roof panels. Toe rail, cockpit and salon door are all faux teak by Izzy Teak. The cockpit includes a custom rigging station with livewell and rocket launcher. The mezzanine is made up of storage for gear, three custom Bayliss stainless steel fridges, a large ice cube tray and upholstered seating made by C-Worthy.
Mechanically, Old Reliable is powered by two CAT C32A engines each with 1,925 MHP and a recorded top speed of 39.5 knots at full load. It is equipped with a Seakeeper 18 (rear) and Seakeeper 9 (front) for stability, two 25kW Northern Lights generators and two FCI 1850 gallon per day watermakers. Custom Marine Electronics has installed the latest advancements in marine electronics including a Furuno Omni sonar.
The Old Reliable flybridge is a custom Bayliss starboard side peninsula layout with two custom marine release helm chairs. It offers a console bench as well as a port bench with storage below. Old Reliable is also equipped with a full tower of Palm Beach Towers.
Old Reliable’s interior is designed to be accommodating and efficient with plenty of storage for long offshore trips. The salon is comprised of a large custom L-shaped sofa on the port side and a bar on the starboard side with a sink, Hoshizaki cubelet ice maker and custom-operated alcohol storage. Galley features a Wolf two-burner cooktop, Viking microwave, two Subzero refrigerators, Subzero freezer, three Release Marine teak bar stools, Nilo River granite countertops and natural cork flooring . The dinette and U-shaped table have a teak base and feature a drawer located at each end of the dinette base. Additionally, pantry storage is located forward of the galley including the port side of the floor to ceiling teak cabinets. The starboard side features a day head complete with storage.
The lower level optimizes both guest space and storage. To port is the master stateroom with an ensuite master head and to starboard are two crew staterooms with a shared head. In the companionway there is rod and tackle storage and a stacked washer and dryer. At the end of the companionway forward, there is another master stateroom with adjoining head. The two starboard crew cabins have stacked bunks with teak bases with entrances to the shared crew head. The captain’s cabin has a television with separate marine electronic screens. In the master, teak cabinets line the stateroom with two full height hanging lockers and additional storage found under the berth. All heads feature Nilo River granite countertops with teak veneer cabinetry and cork flooring.
Christened in early August, Old Reliable made the trip west on a transport vessel and can be seen fishing in Cabo this fall.
START DATED: July 2019 BOOK: August 2021 LENGTH: 72’2 â³
SHINE: 20’6 â³
POWER: Two CAT C32A 1925 MHP
GYRO: One Seakeeper 18 (rear) and one Seakeeper 9 (front)
GENERATOR : Two 25 kW Northern Lights
FUEL CAPACITY: About 2,600 gallons; only one tank at the rear and one at the front
THE WATER CAPACITY: About 400 gallons; single integrated tank
THE WATER MAKER: Two FCI 1850 gallon watermakers per day
INTERIOR DESIGN : Four cabins, three heads, day head, pantry, rod and tackle storage, washer / dryer
COCKPIT DISPOSITION: Teak mezzanine, custom rocket launcher
DECK LAYOUT: Starboard peninsula console, bench seat forward and port, two helmsman seats
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