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Old 04-29-2013, 08:45 AM
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:48 AM
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rybovich18 View Post
Your top pic is not a Rybovich, it's a 1956 34' Cubavich known as SALTY TIGER. The pic below shows it with the teak trim on the deckhouse. Not sure why they ever removed it - I think it changes the lines of the boat dramatically. Great little ride.
Well you would know. I was just looking for pictures yesterday and she came up as a Rybovich.

Good looking boat anyway.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Capt Hugh Wilde View Post
Comfortable, fast, economical FISHING BOATS, not floating condos.
Just right for 3 to 5 guys to go fishing.
No bigger than many center consoles but so much nicer.
A couple of bunks, good storage, a head and small galley.
2 small diesels and a small gen if you wanted A/C below.
Nimblefishing machine.
What say you?
Sounds like you're talking about a '31 Bertram.
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Originally Posted by White Bear View Post
Sounds like you're talking about a '31 Bertram.

Well maybe something not quite as wet, but they are a fine vessel.
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I love the dayboat layout. They have the feel of a different era, comfortable, fishable, but not so over the top luxurious and not so hardcore fish. Out the inlet at sun up, fish the morning, and then lunch on cold lobster, sip a traditional daquiri, and smoke a habana in the shade but still outdoors. That was a life, feel a little like Hemmingway on Pilar. What's changed isn't so much the buy in (at least accouting for inflation and material costs) but the maintenance, dockage, insurance, and fuel costs. I'd love a 34'/35' dayboat w/ the style of a Rybovich or Merritt, but it would end up costing 3-4x to maintain over what I pay for my little Tiara.
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Originally Posted by djcxxx View Post
I love the dayboat layout. They have the feel of a different era, comfortable, fishable, but not so over the top luxurious and not so hardcore fish. Out the inlet at sun up, fish the morning, and then lunch on cold lobster, sip a traditional daquiri, and smoke a habana in the shade but still outdoors. That was a life, feel a little like Hemmingway on Pilar. What's changed isn't so much the buy in (at least accouting for inflation and material costs) but the maintenance, dockage, insurance, and fuel costs. I'd love a 34'/35' dayboat w/ the style of a Rybovich or Merritt, but it would end up costing 3-4x to maintain over what I pay for my little Tiara.
not knowing much about what it would take to maintain woods boats in the water year round, what would be the extra costs in maintenance other than the engines?
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
not knowing much about what it would take to maintain woods boats in the water year round, what would be the extra costs in maintenance other than the engines?
The newer construction methods with fiberglass and epoxy have put the old wooden boat bugaboos to rest.
An Awlgrip or Alexseal paint job, properly maintained will last 8 to 10 years.

A well built cold molded boat has no more issues that a fiberglass boat.
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Dayboats come in different sizes. I used to fish on a 58' Whiticar "Sea Lion II " out of Montauk, Stuart, and Walkers Cay. That was one fast fishing machine.
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The Salty Tiger is for sale in Jupiter.....she needs an owner, nice boat, wish I had the time and money to make her perfect! I think if someone took a splash of that boat, did it all in fiberglass, stuck two 496 HO big blocks with silent choice for $150k, I'd be a buyer!!!! (or two small diesels for the diesel crowd)
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The concept of Express has evolved over the years. Here's a 1959 Rybo Express



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Now the Enclosed Express. This boats is the tits, F&S 54 with the main helm inside:
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Originally Posted by Capt Hugh Wilde View Post
The newer construction methods with fiberglass and epoxy have put the old wooden boat bugaboos to rest.
An Awlgrip or Alexseal paint job, properly maintained will last 8 to 10 years.

A well built cold molded boat has no more issues that a fiberglass boat.


There is something to be loved about old wooden boats. I have owned this boat going on 11 years now and other than a haul out every 18 months to paint the bottom and sides we don't have to do much.

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5 of these were built in Mobile AL, I have one and know of 3 more in Orange Beach. I am told the 5th boat is somewhere in the Carolinas. Have you ever see one like it? I would love to locate the last one. Each one was a little different. Mine was built in 1986 and was the last one built before the builder passed away.
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This is the one I was looking at. 22 knots @ 9.2 gal/hr fuel burn, 30 knots top speed with diesels. 22" draft and low freeboard with an electric transom. See the express models here: Eastportyachts.com
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Originally Posted by captainmarknc View Post
Dayboats come in different sizes. I used to fish on a 58' Whiticar "Sea Lion II " out of Montauk, Stuart, and Walkers Cay. That was one fast fishing machine.

I spent a day on that boat when i was a kid. Great rig and Whiticar is great yard. Man did I get seasick on that thing though!


A lot to like about that Eastport IMO...
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Originally Posted by bigfishhooker View Post
Post more pics of this girl.....looks as if she is in Bermuda now as a charter boat.
I wish I had more. It was a really pretty boat that did everything well.
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Originally Posted by Safari III View Post
There is something to be loved about old wooden boats. I have owned this boat going on 11 years now and other than a haul out every 18 months to paint the bottom and sides we don't have to do much.

Capt. Hugh,
5 of these were built in Mobile AL, I have one and know of 3 more in Orange Beach. I am told the 5th boat is somewhere in the Carolinas. Have you ever see one like it? I would love to locate the last one. Each one was a little different. Mine was built in 1986 and was the last one built before the builder passed away.
I agree with you. There is nothing that quite feels like a well built plank on frame boat under you. They are heavy and not as fast as a jig boat, but there is something about the ride.

In the 19 years I had my boat I had to change 2 frames on the starboard side of the bow because of the Coast Guard inspector. They were just as good as the day they were put in, but had split where the bolt went threw the top of the frame and the deck beam and the inspector insisted they be changed.

It was down right painful to remove them, and when I put them back, I doubled them and every other frame forward of the collision bulkhead. I also put 3/4" plywood gussets between the side frames and deck beams, and she was bulletproof up there when I was done.

Nice boat and I know you enjoy her.
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Originally Posted by Capt Hugh Wilde View Post
Does she have gold stringers in her? WTF ? A damn day boat. All I can say, at that price she better damn well be perfect.
So you're offering to build me one for $125k?

Ok!
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So you're offering to build me one for $125k?

Ok!
no but that is alot of money for a 37' boat. Alot of money.
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They could call that a space ship...but that doesn't mean it's gonna fly to the friggin' international space station.

I read on here that someone would classify that type of boat and "enclosed express" because of how the interior is finished. That means that most charter boats (including the ones below) would be express boats as well...



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Express boats? Hell, they're both purple too...right?

(Boat names hidden to protect the innocent...or the oblivious...picture taken in a super secret location)

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