Old Reliable is a name long associated with the 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 largest number of striped marlin caught and released on fly in a single day, and holds multiple other single day records as well.
Over the years, Bayliss Boatworks was active in supporting Old Reliable with maintenance and upfits, whether state-side or abroad.
“The same concern that is displayed during the build is evident in their support of their boats in the field and nothing could be more important to a traveling boat,” says Shafer. Smith was impressed by Hull 5’s dependability, but his program had grown to the point where they needed a larger platform. So, in 2019 Bayliss Boatworks was commissioned to build Hull 25, the new 72’ Old Reliable.