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1962 28ft M.E.M.C.O. Sportfisher Restoration

Old 05-04-2019, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by PERSISTENCE_22 View Post
Was gonna say...were you on scene? Hope everyone was safe as could be. Runway too wet?

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I'm sorry but I can't give any details about what caused the accident. I go on a lot of interesting calls but most of the calls I go on I can't upload any pictures or details on THT. The pictures that I do upload I have to be very selective and watch what I say (Which is understandable).
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Old 05-04-2019, 05:33 AM
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Understandable of course. Was my dads home base. Happy to hear successful rescue.

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Old 05-04-2019, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by JollyMonNJ View Post
Hey Memco,
A little excitement last night at work? Hope everyone is OK.
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Yes, everyone is well. Thankfully no one was killed or seriously injured. Thankfully the plane was in the water but ran aground. If the plane had kelp going a few more feet the called would have turned into a moving scene because the plane would have been floating/moving down the river with the current.
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Old 05-04-2019, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by fijon View Post
wow the modern world. So I hear on the innaerweb, from a guy in NJ, what happened last night about 5 miles from my house.
Just think, if we where in the days of snail mail you would have heard about it 2 weeks from now. Two weeks later when you have heard about this incident it would have been "Breaking News" even though it's two weeks old.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
Just think, if we where in the days of snail mail you would have heard about it 2 weeks from now. Two weeks later when you have heard about this incident it would have been "Breaking News" even though it's two weeks old.
or ten years ago I may have gone out for a paddle and noticed a plane in the river
I used to put in a Stinson Park and paddle to the end of the runway and back. Always during the week avoiding the weekend boat traffic.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by fijon View Post
or ten years ago I may have gone out for a paddle and noticed a plane in the river
I used to put in a Stinson Park and paddle to the end of the runway and back. Always during the week avoiding the weekend boat traffic.
We just got from the plane crash scene and there's a lot of boats out there just looking at it. They have the Coast Guard and FWC keeping people at a safe distance. I'm not big on boating on the weekend either. I've stopped counting how many boats almost hit us while boating on the weekend. Then when they pass by us after driving reckless they WAVE.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:39 AM
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More importantly than the plane, how's the boat going memco? That plane going in is perfect timing, my wife is terrified of flying, we are getting on a plane in 2 days time, and she sees that thing on the news after I tell her how safe flying is.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by 28memco View Post
Yes, everyone is well. Thankfully no one was killed or seriously injured. Thankfully the plane was in the water but ran aground. If the plane had kelp going a few more feet the called would have turned into a moving scene because the plane would have been floating/moving down the river with the current.
Glad to hear everyone is ok.
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Old 05-05-2019, 07:02 AM
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Crazy!

Yeah, any progress on the boat?

Can't lose your steam now!!
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:50 AM
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Shes a beauty! and man what a flat hull profile at the stern
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeopardy954 View Post


No way man, when your boat is done, it will get so much more positive attention, will definitely stand out much more and be appreciated much more.

Plus, when everyone compliments you on your beautiful classic sportfish, youíll have to pride of knowing that you turned every nut and bolt on it yourself.

Anyone driving a 53 scout is, to quote Nick Cage from gone in 60 seconds, ďa self-indulgent weenie with no taste and too much bloody moneyĒ haha
For that kind of coin I'd rather have a small Viking.



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Old 05-16-2019, 05:23 PM
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Mem,

Whats happening on the build? You went off the grid, we need updates!
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:35 PM
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Jim Smith of Boca Raton was one of my Dad's friends. He and another friend, Charlie Heston, both raced on the same outboard hydroplane boat racing circuit (after WWII) when dad won 3 National Championships and 1 World Championship.

Mabry Edwards Marine Company or MEMCO was solely owned by Dad. Although Jim's two Boca Jima's and Charlie's Riptide were constructed at the MEMCO facility, they were more his friends designs than Dad's. He designed and supervised the construction of numerous custom sportfishing and production ocean racing boats (for Mercury inboard/outboards and outboard racing offshore teams) that had even better lines, fuel efficiency, speed and endurance. These included the First Lady for Governor Burns; the Never A Doubt for George Hodges; my favorites, the 32' Scraps and the 35' Vamoose; etc.

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Old 05-17-2019, 02:06 PM
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Actually, Jim was an old boat racing friend of Dad's following WWII when Dad won 3 national championships and 1 world championship on the outboard hydroplane boat racing circuit. The Mabry Edwards Marine Company or MEMCO facility at Imeson Airport in Jacksonville was near the 125th Fighter Group - Florida Air National Guard base where Dad was a pilot and the Chief of Maintenance (and later Brig General as the Assistant AG-Air at the state HQ in St. Augustine). He did help two of his boat racing buddies (Jim Smith and Charlie Heston) and allow them to build their own boats at the facility. They were nice boats but couldn't compare to the true MEMCO designs with even smoother lines that were double planked, screwed and glued, multiple hand laid fiberglass overlays sanded to mirrored finishes to produce light, strong, fast and fuel efficient fishing machines (including 35' Vamoose; 32' Scraps; Governor Burns' First Lady; George Hodges' Never A Doubt; etc.) and numerous offshore racing boats for the Mercury racing teams.
Dad later retired and purchased a 42' Rybovich that he enhanced (repowered, made the original keel much smaller, etc.) and re-named the #42 of 84 "limited edition" Eau Babe. It's now the Front Runner and it still out fishes the St. Augustine fishing fleet by far!

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Old 05-20-2019, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by makorider View Post
Mem,

Whats happening on the build? You went off the grid, we need updates!
Thanks for checking in on me. I back off a little from the 10 hours a day working on the boat and started enjoying life a little. I started back going to the gym everyday and I just got back from Costa Rica. I also have another weeklong hiking trip coming up soon. The last hiking trip I hiked the High Sierra Trail in California. This trip thatís coming up Iíll be hiking the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming. Iím not giving up on the restoration I just needed a little break from it. Iíll back at it soon.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by MabryJr View Post
Actually, Jim was an old boat racing friend of Dad's following WWII when Dad won 3 national championships and 1 world championship on the outboard hydroplane boat racing circuit. The Mabry Edwards Marine Company or MEMCO facility at Imeson Airport in Jacksonville was near the 125th Fighter Group - Florida Air National Guard base where Dad was a pilot and the Chief of Maintenance (and later Brig General as the Assistant AG-Air at the state HQ in St. Augustine). He did help two of his boat racing buddies (Jim Smith and Charlie Heston) and allow them to build their own boats at the facility. They were nice boats but couldn't compare to the true MEMCO designs with even smoother lines that were double planked, screwed and glued, multiple hand laid fiberglass overlays sanded to mirrored finishes to produce light, strong, fast and fuel efficient fishing machines (including 35' Vamoose; 32' Scraps; Governor Burns' First Lady; George Hodges' Never A Doubt; etc.) and numerous offshore racing boats for the Mercury racing teams.
Dad later retired and purchased a 42' Rybovich that he enhanced (repowered, made the original keel much smaller, etc.) and re-named the #42 of 84 "limited edition" Eau Babe. It's now the Front Runner and it still out fishes the St. Augustine fishing fleet by far!

Mabry Edwards, Jr.
Thank you for taking the time and sharing a little bit about your dad life to us. I had a few questions that I wasn’t able to get answered but after reading your two posts my questions have been answered. I wish I had the opportunity to meet your dad and listen to some his stories. It’s a honor for me to own a boat that has roots that traces back to your dad. I hope that you are pleased of the work that I’m doing to a boat that your dad once touched. Do you have any pictures that you are willing to share of your dad and some of the boats that he built?

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Old 05-21-2019, 08:36 AM
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First and foremost, it's a pleasure to assist a fellow believer.
Shortly after Dad's funeral, someone posted that although it's hard to believe that Mabry Edwards was so good at so many things, they're all true. Sure, he exaggerated at times, but he did have many interests and excelled at most. First, he was a pilot and loved to fly. He's favorite aircraft was the P-51 Mustang. Laurie Young, the owner of the FBO at Imeson Airport (JAX), hired Dad as a teenager to wash planes, etc. Rumor had it that the Wright Brothers taught Laurie how to fly. I can't verify that, but I did see Laurie's pilot license (#1 in the State of Florida). No better person to teach Dad at age 15. Those who flew with him witnessed some of the softest landings ever. Later, he and his friend Charlie Heston each purchased weekend lake cottages on Lake Brooklyn (back when the lake had water in it!). They both purchased identical two seater Piper Cubs (yellow with lightning bolts) and made then into float planes in order to fish nearby lakes in the early morning for Largemouth Bass before returning for an afternoon of water skiing (how they learned about water skiing from a newsreel at the movies is a story for another day). At age 6, I remember the thrill of landing on Lake Brooklyn, et al.
Actually earlier than the lake adventures, Dad was pictured in many Champion spark plug magazines ads as a three-time National Champion and World Champion in Classes A, B and C outboard hydroplane boat racing. His "patented" full speed approach to start line without beating the (disqualification) clock to zero gave him clean water into the first turn. His lower unit design was always covered by a croaker sack with a tie string whenever any of his boats were out of the water. Our garage was virtually a machine shop used to rebuild the high rpm (alcohol burning) motors between each and every race. Everything was custom except for the Johnson labels attached to the fuel tanks. Although he never attended an accredited college per say, his military (engineering) training in Wisconsin during WWII was evident. So much so, that the owner of Mercury Marine (before the Brunswick Corporation buyout), became best friends with Dad and hired him as a part-time consultant to assist in the design and testing of lower units, cupped props, etc. He also designed and constructed numerous record setting ocean racing boats for several Mercury Marine Offshore Boat Racing Teams. Mr. K also introduced Dad and his two boys (me and my brother) to the Petty and France families at the Daytona 500 races. We also drove test boats and engines at Mercury's Lake X in Central Florida.
Another hobby was photography (16 mm movies and 35 mm stills). He was good at this too! So good, he filmed the start of one Daytona event facing backwards in back seat of a convertible pace car. Barton Film Company also hired him part-time (on weekends and holidays) to film Florida Football Highlights (when Ray Graves was the Head Coach and SS was the QB) and the annual Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. He also photographed offshores boat races from helicopters as well as of interests from planes and boats.
When bass fishing was no longer a challenge, he started fishing offshore. We had numerous boats. Rumor has it that Hollywood stole the line "I think we need a bigger boat" from Dad. Our second offshore boat was a 28' Emancipator; the hull was constructed in Brunswick, GA and Dad did the rest. He had a unique talent in regards to shaft angles; prop sizes, pitch and cup; rudder design and placement. The boat was named Calypso and I caught my first sailfish at age 8. Everyone else onboard was eating lunch when I saw the strike, dropped it back just like I was taught, set the hook and won my first of many hook sets and battles. We primarily fished out of Mayport and caught and/or released literally hundreds of sailfish every year (there were only 3 or 4 offshore sport fishing boats and 2 head boats). We also fished off of St. Augustine during summer vacations and Stuart/Ft. Pierce between Christmas and New Year's. When we started, there was no Jacksonville Offshore Sportfishing Club or Northeast Florida Marlin Association. Guess who was responsible for catching the first ever Blue Marlin on rod and reel off Northeast Florida? And later, on 4/27/1973 (my daughter's first birthday; I missed the offshore trip) a fish so big it couldn't be weighed in St. Augustine. After a night of dehydration in a storage cooler, we transported the big Blue Marlin to Marineland where it weighted a mere 925 pounds.
There's much more. It was some ride!!! Enjoy and good luck with the Riptide restoration project. Charlie Heston would be proud!
Have a great day,
Mabry Edwards, Jr., CFO
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