As with most custom boats, you can pick and choose what goes into the cockpit of a Bayliss. On this 65, the Ultra, they chose everything. Kite reel and electric deep-drop reel receptacles are installed under the gunwales. The bait freezer under the port-side mezzanine holds enough ballyhoo to feed every critter in the National Aquarium for a week. There's dedicated gaff stowage under the gunwales, gobs of tackle stowage, and a drinkbox under the step to the cabin. Flip up the hatch next to it to access the ice dump for an endless supply of chipped ice. Plan on trolling under a blazing hot Florida sun? Cockpit misters are installed in the flying bridge overhang to keep you cool. There's even dedicated stowage for your inflatable and a four-horse Yamaha outboard belowdecks, with an integrated 18-gallon fuel tank so you never have to haul gas cans.
What other boats provide you with so much? Frankly, not many. But one that Bayliss shoppers may compare the Ultra with is the Scarborough 65, which starts a few hundred thou less with the same powerplants. (Of course, pricing on these boats changes constantly as material costs vary during the extended build times.) The Scarborough trades off some interior room because of its framed construction method, which boosts its strength. Weaver Boatworks also produces a 65' cold-molded convertible that busts the 40-mph mark, features extreme detailing, and starts right around the $3 million mark. In all these cases you're looking at cream-of-the-crop boats and if you have to make the tough choice, well, we're crying for you. . .you bastard. Now grab a rod and start cranking.