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Words and photos © Chris (Seabuddy) Brown
The Judges Choice this year was a custom 1964 sport fisherman cabin cruiser. That is as they say… the boat that they personally want to go home with after the show has ended. She is a 36’ wood fish fighter that is the precursor which the modern sport fishers. This was the way one went after sailfish, tuna, and white and blue marlin for sport fishing fun. She has a flat bottomed transom (not a deep vee), no keel, and twin inboard shaft drives (no bullet to house the F-N-R gears of multiple outboard engines exposed in the wake of the hull, as the transmissions are inboard within the hull).
Her name is SAM V. She came up from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Her owners are members of the Sunnyland Club of the ACBS as well as the Chesapeake Bay Chapter Club.
This 1964 yacht was built by the custom wood boat builder of Rybovich and Sons, of West Palm Beach, FL. as their hull number 58. First powered by twin gas engines, she has been re-powered years ago with twin Cummins diesels for a cruising speed of 23 MPH and a wide open throttle speed of 31 MPH.
Other features of this boat are her 1) Classic Rybovich broken sheer line. 2) “Palm Beach” throttles and shifts pod. 3) Open deckhouse aft “canvas wall” for free flow to/from the cockpit and the upper sheltered area (thus, she is a best called a “Day boat”, not a convertible or a sedan). From 1965 on, all Rybovich boats had an aft bulkhead.
She is like Miss Chevy IV, built in 1952 and not as close to mimicking Miss Chevy II, built in 1947.The 1952 Chevy IV has the broken sheer in the two boat photo.
Seabuddy brings these two boats into this discussion as these two boats set the pace for Rybovich sport fishers to come. Sam V has the early features / items and shares most of these key ingredients.
Words and photos © Chris (Seabuddy) Brown
Stephanie Rayan from VA. re-powered her Dorsett cuddy cabin model last winter and won three awards at the 2015 Classic Boat Show. Stephanie likes to use her boat, even as far away as cruising in FL waters. Thus, a modern engine made sense for her style of enjoyment of classic boating. Typical for her, she named her new motor. (her boat is named Sunburn) The motor is called Neverude. This engine was also repainted to color coordinate it to the boat’s gelcoat.
Sunburn is an outboard-powered 1960 Catalina model. The boat is perfectly restored. As an added plus, Stephanie displayed her entry in this popular classic boat show in-the-water-and-ready-to-go with great details like an “iced” drink cooler sporting the memorable “Coppertone girl and her dog”, along with games, and functional items like a spotlight. The boat was a show-stopper that brought smiles and sparked conversations among many show-goers as they walked the docks of this 17-acre show.
Sunburn is now re-powered by a new outboard. This provides good power for the 16’ 8” LOA Catalina model Dorsett. The boat is finished in Pennant Red, one of the five colors that were offered in 1960 by the boat builder. This classic small cruiser boat sleeps two down below, out of the weather. Raymond Loewy, noted designer of a few early 50’s Studebakers as well as the Avanti cars developed the design for this and other boats for the Dorsett Plastic Corporation. Loewy used a 6’ 6-1 /2” wide beam for the 17’ model.
This fiberglass boat company started making boats in 1955, first calling them Endura Craft boats. By 1958, the all the boats were marketed as Dorsett Boats. In 1960 the company was sold to Textron, Inc., which kept the Dorsett name. By then they were selling about $3,000,000 in boats, which were made in three boat-building plants, located in nearby Cambridge, MD as well as in California and Indiana. In 1964 and then in 1968 the company was sold again. The Dorsett Boat name ended in the 1967-1968 timeframe.
Sunburn, Neverrude and her skipper were a hit at the show.
A Jersey Speed Skiff in 2013 is either a vintage racer or a APBA modern race boat. What is the difference? To the casual eye the APBA boat has a roll cage and the Vintage or classic does not. #Seabuddy may be old, but not old enough to first-hand tell the full length story of Jersey Speed Skiffs.
Along the jersey shore since the 1800’s, men beach or inlet launched a human-powered (row) boat to ocean and bay fish from. Then a sail rig was added and the popular way to go fishing in New Jersey remained a small boat. Think of a flat bottomed, cedar-wood planked boat using ribs to help define and stiffen the boat shape. Some cousins or early examples of a JSS boat were the Sea Bright Skiff, the Pound Boat, and Utility Skiffs.
In 1922, Harold “Pappy” Seaman built a 16’ long one with a Gray Marine Engine inboard engine. That started the powerboat JSS class idea. His boat went 21 MPH. Fiberglass replaced wood in the 1960s. Bud Bender is the man known for fiberglass Jersey Speed Skiffs. Seabuddy met Bud at a past St. Michaels Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival in Maryland. Today a skiff can break 80 MPH or more and they use a Chevy V-8 for power.
BTW, many of these early boats fished during the week and raced each other on Sunday. Pappy was from Long Branch, built some 102 skiffs, and the base of the sport seems to have stayed there in Long Branch, but with boat races up and down the east coast all summer long in both Vintage and APBA racing. The next Vintage Event seems to be at the Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht Club on September 21, 2013 in New Jersey.
My photos are of SUDS, a restored, Pappy Seaman built, 1951 Jersey Speed Skiff. She is a 50 MPH boat. SUDS is powered by a 180 HP, 244cubic inch Fireball Graymarine 6 cylinder racing inboard engine.
She is a planked wood, no plywood anywhere boat. She has White Oak ribs and stem, and White Cedar hull planking, firewall, bulkheads, interior seating’s, and decks. The wood is held together by some 1,752 hand-peened copper rivets and 1,488 slotted screws. The boat was last in the water until the summer of 2012 in 1983. The restoration took 2,312 hours of labor.
#Seabuddy’s photos are from the Pt. Pleasant ACBS Boat Show. Historic photos from the web and other places.
Lauderbach Custom Boats has built race boats in the mid-Atlantic region for many years. This is a National Champion, prop-riding, three point, 7 litre Class hydroplane that won the Award at the 23 rd Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival over Father’s Day weekend in St. Michaels, MD.
John and Sandi (members of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS) won the top Race Boat Award at the 11 acre classic boat and other festival events of the classic boat festival that the club has given at no charge to the Mid – Atlantic region over Father’s Day Weekend in June, 2010.
She is shown on a tilting trailer that allows her 10’ beam to become a “no-permit required” trailer boat package. The 2,000 lb. boat with its 426 cu. In. Chrysler Hemi supercharged 1,200 Hp. engine is 22’ long.
Race boat driver, John, along with other drivers, have a wining racing record in this boat. This race boat was the High Point Champion in 1964, 1965, and 1965. She was also the National Champion in 1965 and 1966. She set a World Kilo Record of 151.403 mph as well as a around the 1 2/3 mile race course record of 93.072 mph. This boat is now retired from 7 litre Class racing.
More on Lauterbach Custom Boats…The Lauterbach family began building hydroplanes in Henry Lauterbach’s first shop in Portsmouth, Virginia shop over 50 years ago. Through the years, there have been several Lauterbach shops but one thing has always remained the same: the demand for the highest quality in every aspect of hydroplane design and construction. Today, Lauterbach Custom Boats is located on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. In this state of the art facility, the same great Lauterbach designs are utilized for today’s new boats and restorations. The flawless attention to detail is visible in every boat that comes out of the Lauterbach shop. New hydroplanes are produced for use in active racing…From the Lauterbach Custom Boats website.
Fresh, local caught, Rockfish (stripped bass) prepared by the Chef at Ava’s Wine Bar and Pizza Café on Talbot St. (the main street in St. Miachaels) is the off menu special treat for visitors and locals Sat-Sun, June 19-20 or until the fisherman’s catch runs out.
I tired to get some Friday, June 18 and had not come in yet. Seabuddy / chris brown chases this special as its such a treat. I will have to come back on Sat., I guess.
Rockfish with a light Lemom-caper-pecan-butter sauce is just the right preparation to compliment off fresh fish.
For a pre-course, try the Green Bean and Prosciutto salad with Parmesan Cheese and Ponzu Style Dressing or share three of Ma’s Meatballs as a slider with house-made mozzarella.
Short Ribs is a good dinner if you do not want the fish special. Of course, there is also gourmet pizza that made the Café’s reputation, too.
BTW, do not pass up the opportunity to try a small order of the Desert Donuts for a unique treat.
Seabuddy / chris brown thinks the word tapas is used in the USA to mean small plates of wonderful food. You mix and match to make a meal of diverse dishes for a unique dinning experience on the Eastern Shore in the Town of St. Michaels, MD at the Key Lime Cafe.
BTW, I had the most perfect breakfast at the same Key Lime Café on Thursday morning. It has to be the best café for breakfast on the Eastern on Sunday, friendly staff, and good food – its all there at the Key Lime Café.Shore. Open daily, Brunch served Sunday.
Any piece of a bus full of rope is for sale on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD is going on June 18-20 for a three day special sale offering to visitors and members alike to St. Michaels.
Both stock and custom made to a boat owner’s specs in all lengths and thicknesses of line is only going on for the three days at this Father’s Day Weekend Boat Festival.
This is only one of the 11 acres of classic boats and other Festival events to Celebrate Dad’s Day Events.
Bring your special needs for boat and yacht line for on the water fun for the entire family. This is brought to you FREE by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS. Held on the not-for-profit Museum grounds that do charge to see their Bay Heritage efforts, the Classic Boat Show and boating Festival events like the Art at Navy Point, and all the boats is free to everyone once you are on the Museum property.
The place to browse and shop after looking at the 11 acres of classic boats and other Festival events going on June 18-20 in St Michaels, MD on the grounds and in the buildings of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
They say…No trip to St. Michaels is complete without a visit to Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, specializing in casual Eastern Shore lifestyle apparel and footwear and catering to visitors and locals alike for over 30 years.
You’ll find an outstanding selection of family footwear, men’s and women’s sportswear and resortwear, fun accessories and St. Michaels Tees & Sweatshirts. Featured casual apparel brands include Fresh Produce, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide, Columbia Sportswear, Woolrich, Royal Robbins, and the area’s largest collection of Life Is Good.
Boutique lines include Elizabeth McKay, Skirtin’ Around, Jennifer Reale, and Lilla P.
Have you seen our Bunnies By The Bay line? Absolutely adorable infant wear and wonderful gifts for the new Baby.
Chesapeake Bay Outfitters is the area’s premier location for boat shoes and water friendly styles by Sperry Topsider, Sebago, Teva, and Keen. Other quality brands include Born, Clarks, FitFlops, Jack Rogers, Mephisto, Merrell, Naot, Olukai, Privo, Rieker, Sofft, SoftSpots, Tkees & UGG…
telephone 410-745-31007 and on the maine street of St. Michaels.
Seabuddy / chris brown says they stocked the best boating shirt I ever owned. Great service and lots of stuff.
Give the yard a telephone call if you need a slip for the June 18 – 20 Classic Boat Festival. They have just a few openings left. 410-745-2929.
Higgins Yacht Yard is the last full-service boatyard in the town of St. Michaels. Located at the foot of Carpenter Street on the harbor front, adjacent to the Two Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast and the Cygnet Cottage vacation rental.
Transient slips are available at competitive prices and the location is superb!
Only two blocks to town center, one block to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (closest marina to the Chesapeake Bay Maritine Museum), and one block to most harbor front restaurants.
Note: the best weather channel TV is just a block up the street inside the “c” street bar0 (corner of the main drag and carpenter street). If TV is not on the weather channel, ask they get it up for you, as a boater) on their wide screen TV.
Short Ribs for dinner, upscale Pizza for lunch (try the fresh Arugula on top of yours) or pick other items from a great menu, wine and beer anytime and do not leave without trying the special “donut style” light desert.
That is good eating in St. Michaels.
There is outside, covered patio dining (pictured), sit at the inside bar area, or try the dinning room also inside, all are your choices here as well as outstanding food.
Follow the alley pictured between the buildings for that special, for St. Michaels treat; private, off street parking.
Avas is on the main drag coming into town. 410-745-3081.
Avas is a short walk from the town Marina. No reservations and its very friendly but busy. Go early and Smile when you do. No kidding, say seabuddy sent you.
Did seabuddy / chris brown say not to miss the light desert “donut style”?