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Old 12-09-2014, 09:58 AM
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Default Jersey shore old school 'sport fishermen'. A history of lapstrake boat builder in NJ

I thought there might be some interest in seeing some pictures of the types of sport fishermen that used to be built on the Jersey shore.
For more than 150 years lapstrake construction was the construction of preference on the Jersey shore. These boats were traditionally built with white Jersey cedar planking over steambent white oak ribs, and fastened with copper rivets. (As the Jersey cedar became harder to find in the later 50's & early 60's there was a progressive shift to mahogany for planking.)

These first boats were built by Ole Olsen in Keyport N.J. Olsen built boats from about 1947 into the 1980's.

Margaret M. was built in 1981, powered by a Cat 3208 and summers on Montauk. she still makes regular trips to the Canyon.



Some earlier Olsens







Nice looking bass boat.
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Nice looking bass boat.
Really like this one.
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Those are some great photos....NJ was once fertile grounds for boat builders thats for sure......
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Thank you for posting. I really like viewing pictures of these classics. Not many of the old Jersey built boats around anymore.
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Hans Pedersen of Keyport N.J. started building boats in 1937 and the business he started continued building boats into the early 1990’s. Pedersen built from 22 to 47 feet. Always of lapstrake construction, even their largest boats had ribs spaced on 6 inch centers. A good number of Pedersen skiffs were built for the Bermuda charter fishing trade, and made the trip from Kayport N.J. to Bermuda on their own bottoms (650 miles around Sandy hook to St David’s, with extra bladder tanks on the foredeck & in the cockpit.)

Neptune was a 42ft spport fisherman built in 1975 for a Bermuda customer. She made the trip there on her own bottom.







Provisions being loaded aboard just before leaving Keyport New Jersey for Bermuda. Note the Bermuda port of call and the Bermuda flag.


Here is Neptune taking off for Bermuda with extra tanks visible in the cockpit.


Here she is a year later in Bermuda.


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The bottom bass boat looks like a Campbell bros boat ,that were built in Neptune City,New Jersey. There is one in the yard . It is the Old Red Leg. Its a 25 feet with a small bridge. It needs a lot of work but a great boat.
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Glenn Echo Too was also built in 1975, and also for Bermuda. At 47ft she was one of the largest boats built by Pedersen's.













That's a lot of teak!
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A close sistership to Glen Echo Too heading off for Bermuda.



I will post more as soon as I get them on a photo hosting site (I have lots more if there is interest).
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The bottom bass boat looks like a Campbell bros boat ,that were built in Neptune City,New Jersey. There is one in the yard . It is the Old Red Leg. Its a 25 feet with a small bridge. It needs a lot of work but a great boat.
Hmm, ....... What yard???????? I would LOVE some pictures of it!! I am familar with Campbell skiffs. What I didn't know is that they built late enough to have built an inboard bass boat type.

The history of the lapstrake boats of the Jersey shore (Jersey sea skiffs), and their builders is a real passion of mine. I have been collecting information on them for decades. and have over 5000 pieces of electronic information on the subject in addition to collecting actual boats, pictures, literature, and other stuff on the subject.

I would really like to learn more about that Campbell skiff -- There sure aren't many of them around (the State of New Jersey has two in storage).
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Great looking boats. Hope you keep posting
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Very cool.

And since we're talking about Jersey boats, how can we leave out the Jersey Speed Skiffs?!
I love watching these guys run, and just youtubing a video to post, I ended up watching video after video....

This is one that someone gopro'd in my home town last summer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP9LLiqCZe0
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A 1950's shot of a Pedersen in Bimini



And another Pedersen




Here is a Pedersen skiff heading off to Bermuda as deck cargo back in the 50's.


I'm sort of working to keep this along a "sport fisherman' line. If there is interest in "non" sport fishermen types of Jersey sea skiffs I have lots of those too.
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Jersey speed skiffs, ....... I've got two of those.
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Jersey speed skiffs, ....... I've got two of those.
Love'em.
I'd be happy to take one off your hands for you...

Did or do you race?
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Never raced, .. Know lots of the guys who both do and did. , ....... and actually do need to 'thin' my collection of one of them.
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I've got friends that used to be heavy into it down here in Cambridge..
Wish I had one to make pretty and knock around the river on.
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here is one of mine.

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Chevy 350, about 70 mph.

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Great stuff!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Great pics. Keep them coming!!
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Pedersen sport fisherman built in 1967



Obviously 1969.


Rita Mary was built in the mid 50's (forget exactly what year). Real pretty skiff.



Just finished at the shop in the 50's.
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