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Old 01-15-2018, 02:14 AM
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Originally Posted by GaryDoug View Post
When I posted this photo in another topic about old-school boats, I received "invitations" to leave the forum by a few members. So, there are folks here who do hate them and the sailors who own them.
This photo is from about 10 years ago when I was playing around with some special B/W camera film, hence the strange renditions. I inherited the boat from my father who asked me to keep her afloat after he was gone. I am doing so at great inconvenience and the boat is not much to look at today due to having lost the mast and rigging from Irma. So I will not post a current photo, too sad. Boat is shown in this photo as hauled at low tide for maintenance. It's the only one showing the hull fully. My father had a saying that the only thing keeping it afloat was all the teredo (ship) worms holding hands together.

Sponge hook-boats were used mostly in the Florida Keys and west coast for harvesting sponges in shallow water using a long pole with a claw on the end. Nobody got very wet that way. When the Greek immigrants came to Tarpon Springs and brought deep sea diving equipment, it pretty much ended the hook-boat fleet.
Thank you for posting her here. You have a great piece of Fla history there! I’d love to see some more pictures of her sometime ( maybe some interior shots). Best of luck with here, I do understand very well the dedication it takes to keep a wooden boat!
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Old 01-15-2018, 04:09 AM
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Here are some of the Crackerbox I built.












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Old 01-15-2018, 04:36 AM
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Man, I was expecting a lot more pictures of Yellowfins.




Some beautiful boats already; I would be the wrong guy to own one, but they are beautiful to look at.

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Old 01-16-2018, 02:06 PM
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Here are some of the Crackerbox I built.












Nice!! Unusual on the east coast, they are more of a west coast boat (Sort of a west coast version of a Jersey speed skiff).
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Old 01-16-2018, 03:01 PM
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We Love ours! 48' Juniper planking over cypress frames.
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We Love ours! 48' Juniper planking over cypress frames.
Very nice.
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1938 30' Wheeler in 1976, and 1949 36' Wheeler in 2001. Both are unfortunately gone, the 30 was gone before I was born, grew up on the 36 footer. That boat was a beast we plowed through some serious weather in her.

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Very nice.
Thanks!
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Since I asked the question, here is one of mine
33ft, 1957 Hibert Johnson ‘Jersey sea skiff’ built in Bayhead NJ. She still has her original Chrysler Crown engines.
(I’ve posted pics a couple of other places here.)

Years ago she was set up as a sport fisherman, fighting chair, outriggers, .. still has the 6 Lee rod holders.
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i don't know if this counts?.

one of the first boats i ever owned was a "19 foot hartley" designed 1/2 cabin cruiser,
the hull was full wood construction ,hand built by the PO and very well constructed,(hence the name JS Jetty Slammer), it was powered by a 179 ci Holden red motor that was center mounted with a dog clutch.
back in those days there was no such thing as safety equipment (for me anyway) we had to rely on a solid well built boat ,
that old beast never let me down and it rode the water extremely well .

sorry no pics but a google search should bring up many Hartly designs.
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We Love ours! 48' Juniper planking over cypress frames.
Very nice! Do you have any other pictures of her?
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Thanks. I have kept up with your thread on the Jersey sport fisherman and have really enjoyed it. I love wooden boats. Building one is definitely on my bucket list. Even if it's just a skiff.

There are some more photos and info about her posted on this thread.

Need advice with sizing props and rudders on a 48’ wooden sportfisherman.
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