Old 03-07-2012, 04:34 PM
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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
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