Bayliss Boatworks

Located in North Carolina on the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Bayliss Boatworks is the epitome of a Carolina luxury sportfishing yacht builder. Bayliss offers custom, cold-moulded wood sportfishing yachts up to 27.4 metres in length, built by hand with strict attention to detail.


A highly successful offshore tournament angler, John Bayliss found a berth as a mate on a charter sportfishing boat out of Hatteras Village, North Carolina, in 1975 and made captain within five years. He got his start in the yacht-building industry in 1997, when local shipyard Hatteras Yachts hired him to captain its demo boat, Hatterascal. In 2002, he opened his own shipyard, Bayliss Boatworks, in Wanchese, N.C.

Notable Yachts

In 2010, Bayliss launched the 20.72-metre custom sportfishing yacht Uno Mas. The yacht, which features naval architecture by Robert Ullberg, a longtime collaborator with the shipyard, was heralded as a next-generation sportfisher.

Bayliss Boatworks’ current flagship, the 25.6-metre luxury sportfisher Orion, was delivered in 2013. Also incorporating naval architecture by Robert Ullberg, she runs an impressive 42 knots at maximum speed.

At this writing, the shipyard had a 27.4-metre custom sportfishing superyacht in production, Singularis.


In addition to luxury yacht construction, Bayliss Boatworks is a full-service boatyard with a 100-ton Travelift, providing service to custom and production sportfishing yachts of any make or model.

Bayliss Boatworks   27.43 m •  2016
Bayliss Boatworks   25.6 m •  2014
Bayliss Boatworks   25 m •  2024
Bayliss Boatworks   24.32 m •  2012