The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum - View Single Post - 1962 28ft M.E.M.C.O. Sportfisher Restoration
Old 03-07-2012, 04:34 PM
Tribute 1
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 250
Likes: 0
Received 12 Likes on 8 Posts

The 52 that Jim built at jacksonville, Boca Jima IV, was his last boat built there. He launched that boat and ran it down to his place in Boca.Jim had a hotel called the Bluefin on the beach just north of the boca inlet, and a house on the water inside,just across the road from the Bluefin. This boat was launched without an interior. Jim chartered it and over a year or so he finished off the interior behind his house between charters.. This boat made its first appearance at Bimini for tuna season 1964. The 53 ft. Boca Jima V was built in Pompano late 60's launched early 70's. So I dont think this boat was a collaboration of Jim and Mabry even if Mabry might have said so. I see too much Rybovich/Merritt styling in it . Jims boats were very crisp and angular. Although I am a big rybo/ Merritt admirer I can tell you for sure they would be the last boats to influence Jims styling. Rich