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The Desperado is a 56' Taylor Made boat built in 1997 by Taylor Harrison, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. She has a large fishing platform with ample room in the cockpit and salon areas. Powered by a C-30 CAT rated at 1550HP, the Desperado cruises at an easy 26 knots, to get you to the fish quickly, and has a top end of 33 knots. She is outfitted with the latest electronics and fishing tackle.

2024 Addition, Marine Motion Technology

The Desperado's 2023 improvements include:
New Furuno Omni Directional Sonar
Rebuilt C30 Cat Engine
New Twin Disc QuickShift gear
New 12KW Northern Lights Generator
New fuel tanks with 700-gallon capacity
New electrical system

The Desperado is based out of Pirates Cove Marina year-round. Our goal is to provide our customers with the fishing experience of a lifetime. Our courteous and professional crew will ensure that you have the time of your life while aboard this beauty.


Captain Gray Blount, owner of the Desperado, grew up in Eastern NC. He got his start fishing with his father and brother on their family boat, Barbara B.

Captain Gray has been either mating or running a boat since the late 80s – and is a graduate of East Carolina University. He has fished both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for the world’s most elusive fish. His favorite fish is the White Marlin, but Captain Gray loves fishing for all Billfish! And, when the Tuna are biting, he loves that too!

Captain Gray invites you to book an exciting off-shore fishing adventure with him this season on the Desperado.


Wes Parker, mate on the Desperado, grew up in Currituck NC and the Outer Banks. He found his passion for offshore fishing while in college and spent his summers spending as much time on the water as possible while trying to make a name for himself in the sportfishing industry.

After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in Industrial Management in 2020, he moved to Outer Banks where he got his start and gained experience as a charter boat mate spending time fishing out of Hatteras and Oregon Inlet. Wes’ favorite fish is the Blue Marlin and loves billfishing but will gladly spend time catching whatever is biting!