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Old 12-11-2014, 03:37 AM
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Originally Posted by NedLloyd View Post
Back to Hans Pedersen & Sons, .. Here are some of their sport fishermen












This was "Blue Heron", built as the Pedersen family boat, For years they did a lot of cruising aboard her.
great thread. what kind of power did the blue heron have? was it powered with 6-71's or the old 8v-53's
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NedLloyd: Thanks for posting the picture of the Egg. Sorry if my post came across the wrong way, I love the pictures you are sharing with us. I am only 32 years old but I absolutely love these older wooden Lapstrake boats. The lines are just beautiful and luckily being born, raised and currently living at the Jersey shore I have been fortunate to see them on the water and in yards as a kid. You also can't beat the ride. My uncle had a 28' Garvey built with Cedar that had a mahogany wheel house that had an ancient 75hp 6cyl. British Leyland Diesel. Also my father had a mid 60's 25' Cruisers Runabout that was built with wood lapstrake construction. They were both really neat boats and I wish I had more pictures of them. Thanks again for posting the great pictures.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:06 AM
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BW22, your post didn't come across in any 'wrong way' at all. Probably my reply wasn't the best. I have nothing against posting pictures & information on Eggs & Pacemakers, or any other boats here. It is just that I have tons of information on the lapstrake skiffs and boats, and not much info on Eggs and Pacemakers because they are not where my intgerests have been focused on collecting information. New Jersey is also where Elcos were built and I have some very early information on them, but again not where I focused. So, .. lets post whatever we have.


As for the power in Blue Heron, .... good question, and I don't know the answer. I'll try to remember to ask the Pedersen's next time I see them.

Most of the pictures that I have of the Pedersen boats are thanks to the gracious generosity of the Pedersen family (Gary, Wade, and Jean) who allowed me to spend numerous days sitting on the floor of their office scanning hundreds of family pictures of their boats and boat buillding process spanning more than 50 years.

Sadly Jean (Pedersen) Orr passed away two weeks ago. Jean was the grand daugher of Hans Pedersen, who for the past 28 years was the busness manager of the yard, and with her two brothers have run the yard for the past 30+ years. A kind soft spoken woman, Jean treated every customer as a member of the family. She was great to talk with as I sat there scanning pictures of her family's legacy.

Oh, ..... and garveys are cool! I'd love to see pictures of old school garveys from Barnegat Bay!

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Old 12-11-2014, 05:08 AM
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Hey Ned,

John has one of the last 31's at his shop with a pederson fly bridge. John and artie went through the boat. Its cleaned up real nice. Has a 6-53 in it. low 20K cruise. I believe it has not sold yet, and i thought he said he wanted under 10K.
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I grew up on a joe clayton sea skiff
38 FT twin Hercules diesels, round bilge boat
You guys who think Bertrams can rock, this could get going real nice. The trade off was it was fast. 23 knots with twin 200 hp diesels.



Joe was mainly know for his speed skiffs


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Hey Jerseysportfisher! How are you doing?

I know a lot has been going on with John & his yard, changes.........

I actually took on a 1957 33' Hubert Johson sea skiff that was in his yard for the past 14 years. I had her trucked to my home here in CT. MAJOR work going on with her and hope to have her in the water next summer.
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Very cool photos! I live real close to Johnson Bros boat basin and occasionally you'll see one on the bay or river. Always loved them, very unique boats.
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great pics ,keep them coming
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Great thread bringing back some wonderful memories. I loved watching the jersey speed skiff races on the Shrewsbury in Red Bank back in the '50's. They were more fun to watch than even the unlimited hydros. Keep the pics coming!
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Stubby VI (pictured above) was built in 1947 by Joe Clayton of W. Keansburg NJ with the intention of competing against the unlimited hydro's of the day. Stubby was driven by Jim Davis also of Keansburg (still living there).
Here are some pictures of her being built during the winter of 1947 - 48.(she was 28ft)









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I believe these are the only two known pictures of Stubby underway. You can see in this first picture that she appears to be riding pretty well.


In this second picture you can see her riding a bit bow down.


During a conversation I had two years ago Jim he told me that Stubby ran alright up into the 80’s, but then when he would ‘lean on the throttle’ she would start to drop her stem in the upper 90’s. This may be what lead her to trip and break up during trials in Sandy Hook Bay off Leonardo. She was salvaged and rebuilt by Clayton.
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Here she is immediately after breaking up in 1948.



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Here she is after being rebuilt. You can see her cockpit has been moved aft.

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After being rebuilt, Stubby was taken to Red bank to participate in the 1949 National Sweepstakes Regatta (with the likes of Guy Lombardo and his “Tempo”). Jim Told me that Stubby wasn’t running very well the first day of testing and trials, then the next day with a bit of tuning she was running much better. When he went to open her up (he thinks he was doing more than 100MPH and things were running well, Stubby threw a blade of the prop through the bottom of the boat directly under him. Jim took off his lifejacket and stuffed it in the hole to make it back to the pits. Stubby was again repaired, but this time her racing career (which never really got off the ground) was over, and she was converted to a pleasure boat.

Here is a picture of Jim Davis at the controls, and his dad looking on.



This is presumably the Allison V-12 that was put in Stubby.

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Some more random Hans Pedersen skiffs. Most of these are 1950's





Just rolled out of the shop.















And appropriate for this time of year.

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Is that a "green stick" for trolling in a couple of the pics?
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This is my grandpa's old 42' Bay Head Skiff in Keyport, New Jersey. He had it for a while then sold it to family down in Ft. Lauderdale and they enjoyed it for about a year before sinking it accidentally and selling it soon afterwards.

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no that vhf. no greenstick back then. bambo poles and riggers.

ned good to hear. yes its unfortunate with whats going on down at johns
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Could this have been the inspiration for the Rybovich shear?
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