Mag Bay fishing photos by Anthony Petrilli / Right Coast Productions

Bluewater Customers Continue their Campaigns Across the America’s Hottest Billfisheries

Jun 29, 2020 | Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Magazine, News, Viking Yachts | 0 comments

Reel Development has only been part of the Bluewater family for a few years now, but boy have they come out of the gates firing! The Sydes family went from a 42′ express boat to commissioning a new Viking 66 which delivered in April 2017.

Since taking delivery of their Viking, the Sydes have spent a couple productive seasons in the Dominican Republic and the team is currently enjoying staying on the Pacific side of Costa Rica.

Reel Development fished the shortened 2020 Los Sueños Triple Crown tournament and has been experiencing some epic days in Costa Rica and Mexico. Three fishing trips in Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur yielded 590 striped marlin releases!

Three years of epic travels from the Caribbean to California has put many thousands of miles under the keel of this beautiful and capable convertible. It’s inspiring to see an owner getting so much fishing and fun out of their boat as Tony Sydes, his family and guests have so far!


Tricked Out

The profile of the Viking 66 implies power, speed and grace. Reel Development, equipped with twin 1,925 hp CAT engines, lives up to this aggressive reputation. The 174 square-foot cockpit is tournament-ready and the Seakeeper gyro stabilizer ensures low-roll days on the troll, despite the conditions.

The salon boasts a spacious layout that is grand, yet practical for tournament campaigns and long-range travel, as the Reel Development crew enjoys. The salon also features a day head aft, conveniently placed immediately inside the electric-opening salon door from the cockpit.

The flybridge is Viking’s proven tournament design featuring a center console helm with electronic controls, superb visibility, plus plenty of seating. Four staterooms with en suite heads and showers provide luxury and relaxation after a long day at sea.

LOA: 66′ 7″
Beam: 19′ 1″
Draft: 5’ 5”
Fuel Capacity: 2,065 gal.
Water Capacity: 340 gal.
Displacement: 102,875 lbs.
Cockpit: 74 sq. ft.
Power: Twin CAT C32s w/ACERT
@ 1,925 hp

Stabilization: Seakeeper 26

Opportunity Knocks

• Recently, the Sydes were able to capitalize on a special opportunity to step in and become the new owner of an in-progress custom 84′ sportfish already underway at Jarrett Bay Boatworks.

• Taking ownership with all of the major heavy equipment already placed, and about a year left in construction, the family was able to make it their own with various layout tweaks, outfitting and final finish and decor preferences.

• Originally commissioned by another elite fishing team with international travel operations, the Jarrett Bay 84 will be perfect to accommodate the Sydes’ long-range campaigns to the Caribbean, Central America and anywhere their dreams may wander.

• Current plans are to take delivery of the new Reel Development in Summer/Fall of 2020 and fish any remaining Mid-Atlantic tournaments before heading to the Pacific via the Panama Canal.