Old 03-08-2012, 06:40 AM
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Default 1962 28 ft m.e.m.c.o. sportfisher HISTORY

"Rip Tide" was designed by her late owner C. N. Heston, a mechanical engineer and native of Jacksonville, Florida. The plans were presented to Mr. Heston's friend and well known boat builder Mabry Edwards, also of Jacksonville, to construct the hull, deck and house. Mabry Edwards Marine Company (aka Memco) began construction on November 21, 1959 at their Imerson Airport facility. M.E. Ellis, Charlie Simmons, Ronnie Lowe and M.D. Brown spent many months turning Mr. Heston's plans into reality. The boat was then moved to Mr. Heston's private shop where he spent many months in the final outfitting of the vessel. On June 18, 1962, "Rip Tide" was christened and launched at Beach Marine in Jacksonville Beach. After almost 10 years of use, the owner decided to take the boat back to the shop and replaced the original single Chrysler 318 engine with a pair of Sea Marine Six Ford engines, which are currently powering the boat. The boat was re-launched in 1972. "Rip Tide" has been kept in Jacksonville since new. She has been used to fish the coastal waters of Northeast Florida with occasional trips to the Keys and the Bahamas. The boat has been continuously maintained and received a polyurethane paint job approximately 5 years ago.
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