Gillikin

With their signature fine varnish work and distinctive Carolina bow flare, Gillikin boats were some of the finest party fishing boats ever made.
The-Gillikin-Girls-Act-II  The Great Depression in the 1930s introduced many folks to deep sea fishing, not as a luxury, but as a necessity.   Through World War II, the party fishing boat industry served as a simple form of leisure for many urban residents because of its convenience and value.   At the conclusion of the war, advances in operator skill and the navigation technology evolved, as did the need for larger vessels that could carry more passengers to new and distant fishing grounds.   An abundant supply of surplus war vessels fit the needs of local Party Boat skippers very nicely.   These surplus vessels were well-built, large, fast, cheap and easy to convert to party fishing boats.  By the mid-1950s, many of these older vessels needed replacement and with no fresh supply of surplus vessels, boatmen turned to boat builders for their new vessels.   Many boatyards began to construct boats with specific designs tailored to the needs of party boat operators.   Builders such as Van Sant Boatyard, Scott McBurney Boatyard and Stowman Shipyards built some of the very first '65 footers' and were soon joined by Stevenson Boatworks and Deebold Boatyard.   All of these builders produced reliable and sturdy vessels, but none of them built more party boats or more beautifully crafted ones than those from the Gillikin family of boatyards.   GILLIKIN BOATS - James and Vance Gillikin of Gillikin Brothers Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC primarily built commercial fishing boats and workboats until they completed their first party fishing boat in 1956, the "CAPTAIN JOSEPH II" from Captree, NY.   Over the next 30 years the Gillikin family of boatyards built 78 party fishing boats.   With their signature fine varnish work and distinctive Carolina bow flare, these boats were some of the finest party fishing boats ever made.   Built without plans or blueprints, each Gillikin boat was unique in size and appearance.   As the boatyards changed names, locations and operators, so did some of the designs and styles, but you could always recognize the boats to be Gillikins.   A few vessels were built in the early 1970s by longtime Gillikin employee Mervin Rose of Rose Craft, but with their striking similarities and Harkers Island origin, they are still considered to be Gillikin vessels. The Gillikins operated boatyards that changed names and locations several times throughout the years (due to finances and a few fires.)   Here is the timeline of Gillikin boatyards.  Gillikin Brothers Boat Works (1956)		Outer Banks Boat Works (1970)		Gillikin Boat Works (1959) Rose Craft (1970)				Machine & Supply Co. (1966)		Gillikin Craft (1972) Harkers Island Boat Works(1968)		East Bay Boat Works (1973) These yards were operated or owned by James Gillikin Sr., Vance Gillikin, James Gillikin Jr. and Mervin Rose.   They were located at Harkers Island, NC or Beaufort, NC. After the demand for new party fishing boats dwindled, the Gillikins continued to repair existing vessels and specialized in building custom private vessels at East Bay Boat Works into the next century until Vance Gillikin retired.   His sons split the family business into two separate operations.   Ricky Gillikin went on to maintain East Bay Boat Works and James Gillikin began operating Gillikin Custom Boats.   Sadly, Ricky Gillikin passed away in 2004, but James Gillikin still continues the Gillikin name building private vessels at Gillikin Custom Boats, Harkers Island, NC. Last October, we posted 40 photos of Gillikin boats and here we are again with Act II and 20 more photos of those beautiful Gillikin Girls!  CACHALOT, West Palm Beach, Florida – 1960  The brand new "CACHALOT" is displayed in this 1960 advertisement.   This 53-foot vessel was built for Captain Larry Jones in 1960 by Gillikin Boat Works.   She later sailed as the "SNOW WHITE II" and then as the "CAPTAIN KIDD" from Saint Petersburg, FL.   She was dropped from documentation in 1997 and her present fate is unknown.  BLUE SEA I, Riviera Beach, FL – 1961  Captain Ted Brower's "BLUE SEA I" is seen here in 1961 shortly after her construction was completed by Gillikin Boat Works.   She would later sail as the "HAPPY DAY" from the Grand Bahama Hotel at West Palm Beach, FL.  MISS REGNILLES II, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1961  Captain Ed Sellinger's "MISS REGNILLES II" is shown at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey prior to her maiden voyage in 1961.   The Gillikin Boat Works of Harkers Island, North Carolina built her in 1961.   She later became Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SPEEDY VII" from Captree, New York and later returned to New Jersey waters as the "CAPT. COLLET" from Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 2007, she was listed for sale on the Internet auction site eBay for $5,000 and was in a decrepit state.   Her present fate is unknown.  BLUE HERON, Riviera Beach, FL – 1962  The framing of the "BLUE HERON" takes shape at Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC in 1962.   She was later renamed as the "SOUTHWIND" and then became the "HAPPY" and afterwards, became the "OCEAN EAGLE II".   If you look carefully in the background, you can see the wheelhouse of the "CAPT. JOSEPH" that would head to Captree, Long Island upon completion.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr. 
CAPT. BUNTING, Ocean City, MD – 1962  The "CAPT. BUNTING" was built in 1959 and was one of the earlier party boats built by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.   Captain Talbot Bunting owned and operated the "CAPT. BUNTING" and specialized in bottom fishing.   (Captain Talbot is the uncle of Captain Ed Bunting of the Atlantic Highlands, NJ based "SEA HORSE".)   The "CAPT. BUNTING" was dropped from documentation in 2010 and her fate is unknown.  GILLIKIN BOAT YARD, Harkers Island, NC – 1962  Inside the shed at the Gillikin Boat Yard, Harkers Island, NC.   Shown in various stages of completion is the bow section of the "BLUE HERON", the "MISS TAMBO" in the center and in the background, the "BEACH QUEEN".   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  MISS TAMBO, Brielle, NJ – 1962  Builders are laying up planking on the "MISS TAMBO" at Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC in this 1962 photo.   Captain Ed Keefe Sr. sailed her from Harbor Inn Basin, Brielle, NJ.   In 1984, she was sold and became the "VAMP IV" from Bower's Beach, DE.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  MYSTERY, Haulover Beach at Miami, FL – 1962  Captain Ernie Luebbers' "MYSTERY" was built by Gillikin Boat Works and was completed in January of 1962.   She is one of the few Gillikin built vessels to maintain her original name throughout her lifetime.   Unfortunately, being a wooden vessel in the southern climate caught up with her and she deteriorated and was dismantled in 2011.  In the background is the Lighthouse Restaurant and in the distance, the Haulover fishing pier.  GULF STREAM II, Key West, Florida – 1964  Captain Tommy Lones' new "GULF STREAM II" at Key West, Florida circa 1964.   She was built by Gillikin Boat Works and launched in June 1964.   In 1979, she was sold to Captain Fred Gatchell who moved her wheelhouse topside, named her "BLUE SEAS V", and relocated the boat to Fort Pierce, Florida.   She later moved north and joined the Captree, NY party boat fleet as the "CAPT. RUDY".   She is currently sailing as the "CAPT. HOOK" from Hilton Head, NC. 
TEAL, Great Kills, NY – 1964  "TEAL" Staten Island, NY 1965The "TEAL" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY circa 1964.   Gillikin Boat Works built her in 1961 at Harkers Island, NC.   She was admired by many as one of the nicest looking party boats to sail in the New York / New Jersey fleet.   Captain Freddie Moore operated the "TEAL" and he was one of the pioneers of open boat tuna fishing on the East Coast.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  CAPT. BEN LITWIN, Captree, NY – 1965  The "CAPT. BEN LITWIN" from Captree, NY circa 1965.   Owned and operated by her namesake, Captain Ben Litwin, she was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.   She later sailed as Captain Carl Passero's "MISS CAPTREE" and the "JAMES JOSEPH" from Captree, NY.   She is currently sailing as Captain James Hubert's "JR. EXPRESS" from Captree, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  CAPT. JOSEPH, Captree, NY – 1965  The "CAPT. JOSEPH" from Captree, NY circa 1965.   This 65-footer was built in 1962 for the Joseph family (Captain Bill Joseph and his sons, Captains Bobby and Stanley) by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and had three GM 6-71 diesel engines.   She later became Captain Bill Huntley's "JULIE C" from Pt. Judith, RI and the "MISS FRANCES" from Point Judith, RI.   She has since been remodeled and again sails from Captree as Captain Anthony Gregory's "CAPT. GREGORY".   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  CAPT. JOSEPH II, Captree, NY – 1965  The "CAPT. JOSEPH II" from Captree, NY and skippered by Captain Stan Joseph circa 1965.   This 72-footer was built in 1964 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and had four GM 6-71 diesel engines turning three propellers (two engines were connected in tandem to the center propeller shaft.)   The boat was an expanded edition of the "CAPT. JOSEPH" and the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV" and all of them had the polish of private yachts. She had a lot of electronics which included a $15,000 German-made Elac white line recorder with an auxiliary fish scope.   This scanner had a rotating transducer mounted on the bottom of the hull that could detect fish and wrecks within a radius of 1.5 miles.   Captain Joseph stated “Our Fire Island grounds are studded with wrecks.   Now we are in a position to find them and fish them.”   In her day, she was the premier codfish party boat at Captree.   She later became Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Sadly, the boat burned to the waterline during a Flounder fishing trip in the fall of 1982.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  CAPT. ROD, Captree, NY – 1965  The original "CAPT. ROD" from Captree, NY and skippered by Captain Rod Westerlind circa 1965.   Built by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC in 1961, this 60-footer specialized in Bay Flounder fishing during her Long Island fishing career.   In 1968, she was replaced with a larger Gillikin vessel and sold.   Her new owner relocated her to Key Largo, FL and after remodeling, she sailed as the "CAPTAIN'S LADY".   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr. 
MISS MOORE, Great Kills, NY – 1965  The ESSO Company charter on August 21, 1965 aboard the "MISS MOORE" from Shoals Dock, Great Kills, Staten Island, NY.   Captains Freddie and Eve Moore operated the "MISS MOORE".   She was built in 1963 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and later became the "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Ken Ekberg.  MISS TAMBO, Brielle, NJ – 1965  The "MISS TAMBO" from Brielle, NJ circa 1965.   A nice color picture displaying her fine woodwork and "Pacific Green" colored trim.  RANGER III, Brooklyn, NY – 1965  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1965.  At the helm is Captain Jack Draeger.   The "RANGER III" was built in 1963 and with two GM 12-71 diesel engines and a length of more than 90 feet, she was the largest party boat constructed by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC. After leaving Sheepshead Bay, she relocated to Cape Cod, MA and made whale watching trips from Provincetown, and after that became the "BIG FLAMINGO II" from Wildwood, NJ.   She later relocated to Tybee Island, GA as the "ATLANTIC STAR" where her new owners made a failed attempt to operate her as a casino gambling vessel.  The boat was dismantled in 2003.   Photo courtesy of Jack Morelli.  ISLAND QUEEN, Cape May, NJ – 1966  The "ISLAND QUEEN" from Cape May, NJ with Captain George Gadsby circa 1966.   She was built in 1963 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "CAPT. GEO".   She was later the "ALOMA" and then became the "ISLAND QUEEN"  MISS REGNILLES II, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1966  Captain Ed Sellinger's "MISS REGNILLES II" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ circa 1966.   Gillikin Boat Works built her in 1961 at Harkers Island, NC.   In 1978, she was sold and became Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's  "SPEEDY VII" from Captree, NY.   The following year, she sailed from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn for one season as Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER". She later relocated to Sea Isle City, New Jersey as the "MISS SEA ISLE II" and then sailed as the "CHALLENGER" for a short period of time.   She last sailed as the "CAPT. COLLET" from Atlantic City, NJ.   Dropped from documentation in 2006, she was last seen in 2009 abandoned in a Virginia boatyard and her present fate is unknown. 
CAPT. WAYNE, Captree, NY – 1968  Captain Wayne Westerlind’s "CAPT. WAYNE" from Captree, NY.   She is shown suspended from a gantry crane during a haulout at Rutherig Marine Service, Lindenhurst, NY in 1968.   Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC built this 65-foot boat in 1964 as Captain Jay Porter’s "JESS-LU IV".   Today, she is sailing as Captain Ed Bunting's "SEA HORSE" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Lee Westerlind.  CAPT. ROD, Captree, New York – 1970  Like all of the Gillikin-built vessels in the Captree Party Boat Fleet, The "CAPT. ROD" displays her beautiful furniture-like woodwork in this 1970 photo.   Built in 1968 by Harkers Island Boat Works, the "CAPT ROD" was the second boat the Gillikins built for Captain Rod Westerlind.   The "CAPT. ROD" continues to sail from Captree, New York under the command of Captain George Bartenback and is one of the last Gillikin vessels to keep her fine varnished mahogany.  SEA ROBIN II, Virginia Beach, VA – 1970  The "SEA ROBIN II" sailed from Virginia Beach, VA and was owned by Captain Milton Paul.   She was built in 1970 by Outer Banks Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC.   She later sailed as the "SEA SPORT" also from Virginia Beach and later as the "CAPT. HOOK".   She is presently sailing from Perth Amboy, NJ as Captain Mike Russo's "SEA HAWK".  SHAMROCK, West Palm Beach, FL – 1970  She was built in 1964 by Gillikin Boat Works of Harkers Island, NC as Captain Henry Simone's "SEABREEZE" sailing from Miami, FL.   She became the "SHAMROCK" in 1970 and continued to sail from West Palm Beach until 2007 when she was sold and converted to a commercial fishing vessel under the same name.   She has since been dismantled.  CAPT. RICHIE, Captree, NY – 1971  Captain Richie Westerlind's "CAPT. RICHIE" from Captree, NY circa 1971.   She was one of several Gillikin party boats owned by the Westerlind Family over the years.   Gillikin Boat Works built her in 1961 at Harkers Island, NC and she originally sailed as the "CAPT. GEORGE".   Later sold and renamed the "DULCINEA", she is currently operating as a launch for a yacht club at Boardman, OR.   Partially disassembled for the move to Oregon, the boat was trucked across the country and reassembled on the west coast.   Photo courtesy of Erika Westerlind. 
SOUTH WIND, Murrells Inlet, SC – 1971  The "SOUTH WIND" from Murrells inlet, SC circa 1971.   She was built in 1962 by Gillikin Boat Works as the "BLUE HERON" from Riviera Beach, FL.   In 1974, she relocated to Atlantic Highlands, NJ where she sailed as the "HAPPY".   In 1995, she made her way to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as Captain Greg Nardiello's "OCEAN EAGLE II".   She is currently sailing from Hampton, VA as the "OCEAN EAGLE".  BLUE HERON, Port Isabel TX – 1972  The "BLUE HERON" was built for Captain Harry Nagel in 1970 by Machine & Supply Company as the "BLUE HERON III".   She was later renamed the "BLUE HERON" and in 1975, was sold and relocated to San Francisco, CA as the "NEW HOLIDAY".   She is currently sailing from Hayward, CA as a privately owned vessel "LUKE 5:3".  BUDDY'S PIRATE, Wilmington, NC – 1972  "BUDDY'S PIRATE" sailed from Wilmington, NC and was built in 1970 by the Gillikin's Machine & Supply Co. of Beaufort, NC.   She was later converted to the commercial fishing vessel "CAPT. JIM" and has since been dismantled.  DEEP BLUE, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1973  The "DEEP BLUE" is shown here hauled out shortly after being purchased by Captain Harvey Brown, and about to become his "QUEEN MARY".  GAMBLER, Point Pleasant, New Jersey – 1973  She was built in 1960 by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC as the "VIKING" and sailed from Barnegat Light, NJ.   In 1966, she became Captain Bob Bogan's "GAMBLER".   In 1976, she became the "SEA DEVIL" and in 1979, she relocated to Atlantic Highlands, NJ as Captain 'Sarge' Batrouny's "OASIS".   After that, she later sailed as the "TWILIGHT" from Wildwood, NJ and last sailed as the "CAPT. DAVE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY. 
RAIDER, Chincoteague, VA – 1977  Built in 1959 by Gillikin Boat Works as the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV" sailing from Captree, NY.   She later sailed as the "CAPT. JACK II" from Islamorada, FL before being purchased by Captain John Abbaticchio and becoming his "RAIDER" sailing from Chincoteague, VA.   She later returned to our area as Captain Tony Maio's "MISS FREEPORT II" from Freeport, NY, and she last sailed the Great Lakes as the "HIGH SEAS" from Toledo, OH.   She was dropped from documentation in 2006 and her present fate is unknown.  ADVENTURER II Wildwood, NJ – 1978  Built in 1971 by Machine & Supply Co. at Beaufort, NC as the "BLUE HERON V".   She later sailed as Captain Edward Royles' "ROYAL FLUSH" before becoming Captain Gary Sloan's "ADVENTURER II".   She relocated to Lewes, DE in 2004 and continues to sail under the same name.  CAPT. JOSEPH II, Captree, NY – 1978  Built in 1970 by Outer Banks Boatworks as the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV", Captain Bob Joseph later renamed her the "CAPT. JOSEPH II".   She is the second largest party boat built by James Gillikin.   Afterwards, she sailed as the "ST. ANTHONY", the "RANGER", the "CAP'N ANDY II", and is presently sailing as Captain Captain Paul Risi's "TRADEWINDS II".  SEA DEVIL, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1978  Captain Bob Pennington's "SEA DEVIL" from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1978.   She was built in 1960 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as the "VIKING" and sailed from Barnegat Light, NJ.   She was sold in 1966 and she became Captain Bob Bogan's "GAMBLER" from Point Pleasant, NJ.   In 1976, she became the "SEA DEVIL" and in 1979, she relocated to Atlantic Highlands, NJ as Captain 'Sarge' Batrouny's "OASIS".   She would later sail as the "TWILIGHT" from Wildwood, NJ and then as the "CAPT. DAVE" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Not surprisingly, she has the nickname of the 'Used-To-Be'.  WHITE STAR III, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1978  The port bow section of Captain Ray Ettel's "WHITE STAR III" takes shape in 1978 at East Bay Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC.   The "WHITE STAR III" sailed from Barnegat Light, NJ and later sailed as Captain Ray Burke's "OPTIMIST STAR", from Belmar, NJ.   She now sails as the "MAGNUM FORCE" from Monterey, CA.   Photo courtesy of Captain Ray Ettel. 
DOROTHY B VII, Brooklyn, New York – 1980  Captain Kevin Bradshaw's "DOROTHY B VII" returns to Pier 6 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She was built in 1971 by Outer Banks Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC and originally sailed as the "CAPT. JOSEPH".   She later sailed as Captain Edwin Brincat's "CAPTAIN EDDIE B III" from Captree, NY.  PIPER, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1980  Captain George 'Blacky' Walsh's "PIPER" was built by Gillikin Boat Works in 1961 and originally sailed as Captain Frank Green's "QUEEN MARY".   Shortly after this photo was taken she became the "SPRAY II" from Belmar, NJ and then became Capt. Hal Hagaman's "SEA TIGER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   In 1988, she was remodeled and took on a different look that hid her original Gillikin features.   She was sold in 2004 and became the "MISS MOORE" and after that, sailed as the "A.C. LADY" from Atlantic City, NJ.    She then became Captain Stewart Cash's "OSPREY IV" from Port Jefferson, NY and last sailed as the "NEVER ENUFF II" from World's Fair Marina, Queens, NY.   She was sold in 2012 and sank before she began to sail under her new owner.   Photo courtesy of Bill Horan.  SEA QUEEN, Hyannis, MA – 1980  The "SEA QUEEN" was built in 1971 by Gillikin's Machine & Supply Co. as the "BLUE HERON IV".   In 1974, she was sold to Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert and sailed from Captree, NY for one season as his "SPEEDY V".   In the following year, she relocated to Hyannis, MA as the "SEA QUEEN".   She most recently sailed as the late Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She was last seen for sale on an Internet auction site for a minimal dollar amount.   Her present fate is unknown.  ATLANTIS, Brielle, NJ – 1982  Captain Francis Bogan's "ATLANTIS" is seen here as she returns to Brielle, NJ circa 1982.   The "ATLANTIS" was built in 1977 by East Bay Boat Works of Harkers Island, NC as the "MARSHA M."   She then became the "ATLANTIS" and later relocated to Atlantic City, NJ as the excursion vessel "HARRAH'S CLIPPER".   She was sold in 1989 and relocated to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on Lake Michigan where she sailed as the sightseeing vessel "LADY QWESTOR".   In 1992 she returned to the Jersey shore as Captain Bill Hauck's "SEA KING" from Belmar, NJ and she currently sails under the same name from Marathon, Florida.   Photo courtesy of Bill Horan.  QUEEN MARY, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1982  She was built in 1972 by Gillikin Craft at Beaufort, NC as the "DEEP BLUE" from Morehead City, NC.   Sold in 1974, she became Captain Harvey Brown's "QUEEN MARY" from Point Pleasant, NJ.   In 1990, she became Captain Jim Ciechetti's "STARLIGHT" sailing from Wildwood, NJ.   She changed owners once again and while in transit to her new port on May 5, 1992, she ran into heavy weather off the coast of Delaware and sank.   Photo courtesy of Bill Horan. 
RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1982  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1982.   She was built in 1961 by Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as Captain Ed Sellinger's "MISS REGNILLES II" and first sailed from Point Pleasant, New Jersey.   She later relocated to Captree, NY as the "SPEEDY VII".   After sailing as the "RANGER", she sailed as the "MISS SEA ISLE II", the "CHALLENGER", and as the "CAPT. COLLET" from Atlantic City, NJ.   She finally relocated to Florida and was condemned in 2009.  MISS CHRIS II, Cape May, NJ – 1983  The "MISS CHRIS II" from Cape May, New Jersey circa 1983.   East Bay Boat Works built the boat in 1977 at Harkers Island, NC for Captain Frank Spiegel.   Captain Fred Ascoli later purchased the boat and he continues to operate her from Cape May, NJ.   Photo Courtesy of Captain Jeff Stewart Jr.  WHITE STAR III, Barnegat Light, New Jersey – 1985  Captain Ray Ettel's "WHITE STAR III" at her berth at Barnegat Light, New Jersey circa 1985.   Built in 1978 by East Bay Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC and like many other vessels built by the Gillikin family during this era, she is proudly displaying her fine mahogany woodwork.   In 1989, she was sold to Captain Ray Burke and she became his "OPTIMIST STAR", and sailed from Belmar, NJ.   She now operates as the "MAGNUM FORCE" from Monterey, CA.  KING NEPTUNE, Mayport, FL – 1986  Captain Scott Reynolds' "KING NEPTUNE" was built in 1984 by Gillikin Boatworks.   Captain Reynolds replaced her with a new boat and she was sold in 2011.   She is now sailing as Captains Stew Cash, Amanda Cash and James Peterson's "OSPREY V" from Port Jefferson, NY.  SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, New Jersey – 1986  Captain Marty Haines' "SEA PIGEON IV" returns to the Perth Amboy Marina from her maiden voyage on May 17, 1986.   Built in 1975 by East Bay Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC as Captain Ron Robbins' "HOLIDAY", she first sailed from Cape May, NJ.   She later became Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant, NJ and after that became Captain Al Coley's "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   In 1986, Captain Coley sold the boat to Captain Marty Haines Jr.   The "SEA PIGEON IV" caught fire at her dock on Christmas Eve 1998 and soon afterwards returned to Gillikin Boatworks where she underwent a full renovation that unfortunately did not include the restoration of her fine mahogany vanish work.   In 2007, she became Captains Tim and Lauren Griffith's "MIDDLEBANK II" and now sails from Bridgeport, CT. Mike and Mel were on this trip.   Can you spot them in the photo? 
ELSIE-K III, Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, New York – 1988  Captain Tommy Paladino's "ELSIE-K III" is seen her shortly before she was replaced by a brand new Lydia built vessel during the summer of 1988.   Built in 1971 by Outer Banks Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC she originally sailed as the "CAPT. JOSEPH V".   Captain Tommy Paladino later sold her to Captain Mike Dannon and she became his "CAPT. DOUG".   She was sold again in 2004 and is now sailing as the "MISS FREEPORT V" from Freeport, NY.   Photo courtesy of John DeWitt.  SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1989  The "SEA PIGEON IV" from Perth Amboy, NJ out of the water for spring cleaning at the Belford Marine Railway, Belford, NJ in 1989.   The boatyard's motto was "No Cash, No Splash!"  CAPT. LEITCH IV, Captree, NY – 1994  The "CAPT. LEITCH IV" from Captree, NY circa 1994.   Yet another beautiful example of a Gillikin boat with woodwork comparable to fine furniture.   Machine & Supply Co. (James Gillikin) built the boat at Beaufort, NC in 1966 as the "MARLIN VI".   After that, it sailed as the "CAPT. LIETCH IV".   It then sailed as the "MISS GREENPORT" from Greenport, NY.   The boat was then remodeled and sailed as Captain Ed Beneduci's "MARLIN VI" from Montauk, NY.   After that, it sailed as Captain Jeff Gutman's "ANGLER" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.   Since 2009, the boat has been sailing as Captain Dave Paris' "CAPT. DAVE II" from Sheepshead Bay at Brooklyn, NY.  JIB VI, Captree, NY – 1994  The party boat "JIB VI" from Captree, NY circa 1994.   She was built in 1972 by Gillikin Craft Inc., Beaufort, NC.  ST. ANTHONY, Captree, NY – 1994  The "ST. ANTHONY" from Captree, NY circa 1994.   Launched in 1970 by Outer Banks Boatworks as the "CAPT. JOSEPH IV", she was renamed the "CAPT. JOSEPH II" and renamed again as the "ST. ANTHONY".   She later became the "RANGER" and finally, the "CAP'N ANDY II".   This boat was the first one launched by Outer Banks and at 85 feet, she is also one of the larger party boats built by James Gillikin. 
CAPT. WHITTAKER, Captree, NY – 1995  The "CAPT. WHITTAKER" from Captree, New York circa 1995.   She is another old, but very well maintained, party boat.   She was built in 1957 by Gillikin Brothers Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC and she has dry exhaust stacks (not normally found on Gillikin party boats.)  MISS FRANCES, Galilee, Rhode Island – 1995  Built in 1962 by Gillikin Boat Works as the "CAPT. JOSEPH" sailing from Captree, New York.   In 1970, she briefly sailed as the "CAPT. BOB III" before being moved to Galilee, Rhode Island in 1971 as the "JULIE C."   She then became the "LADY FRANCES" and later returned to Captree, NY as the "CAPT. GREGORY".   She is currently sailing as the "LUCKY LADY".   Photo courtesy of Lee Westerlind.  SEA PIGEON IV, Perth Amboy, NJ – 1996  She was built in 1975 by East Bay Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC as Captain Ron Robbins' "HOLIDAY" and sailed from Cape May, NJ.   She later became Captain Jack Endean's "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant, NJ and after that became Captain Al Coley's "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.   In 1986, Captain Coley sold her to Captain Marty Haines Jr. and she became the "SEA PIGEON IV" from Perth Amboy, NJ.   In 2007, she became Captains Tim and Lauren Griffith's "MIDDLEBANK II" and now sails from Bridgeport, CT.  CAPT. GILLEN II, Captree, New York – 1997  Captain Patrick Gillen's "CAPT. GILLEN II" from Captree, NY makes her way to the dock after a day of fluke fishing during the summer of 1997.  This 70 foot wooden vessel was built in 1976 by Gillikin Craft Inc. at Beaufort, NC as Captain Richie Rade's "MARLIN IV" from Montauk, NY.   She later became the "CAPT. DAN II" before becoming the "CAPT. GILLEN II".   She was recently replaced by the "CAPT. GILLEN" and was sold to Captain James Peterson who will be sailing her as the "OSPREY" from Port Jefferson, NY.  MAGNUM FORCE, Monterey, CA – 1998  Built in 1978 by East Bay Boat Works as Captain Ray Ettels' "WHITE STAR III" from Barnegat Light, NJ.   In 1987, she relocated to Belmar, NJ, where she sailed as Captain Ray Burke's "OPTIMIST STAR".   She was sold in 1990 and made the long journey to the west coast where she is presently sailing as the sightseeing vessel "MAGNUM FORCE" at Monterey, CA.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe. 
LAURA LEE, Captree, NY – 2000  Captain Neil Delanoy’s very well maintained "LAURA LEE" from Captree, NY circa 2000.   The boat was built in 1970 by James Gillikin's Machine & Supply Co., Beaufort, NC as Captain Bert Blum's "JIB V" and sailed from Captree, NY.   She then operated from Montauk, NY as the whale watch boat "FINBACK I" before returning to Captree, NY as the "LAURA LEE".   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  LADY CHRIS, Cape May, New Jersey – 2001  Captain Fred Ascoli's "LADY CHRIS" from Miss Chris Marina in Cape May, New Jersey circa 2001.   She was built in 1979 by East Bay Boat Works and has sailed under her original name and owner since first launched.   Photo courtesy of Ed Keefe Jr.  SEA HAWK, Perth Amboy, New Jersey – 2009  Captain Michael Russo's "SEA HAWK" from Perth Amboy, New Jersey circa 2009.   Outer Banks Boat Works built this sturdy vessel in 1970 as the "SEA ROBIN II".   She later sailed as the "SEA SPORT" and last sailed as the "CAPT. HOOK" before joining New Jersey's party boat fleet.  CAPT. CAL II, Belmar, New Jersey – 2013  The "CAPT. CAL II" is seen here at her slip in November 2013.   This nicely maintained vessel was built in 1973 by Gillikin Craft, Inc. as the "MARINER" and sailed from Crisfield, MD.   During the early 1990s, she sailed as the "MARINER" from Ocean City, MD.   Captain Brock Dalton purchased the boat in 1995, renamed her as the "CAPT. CAL II" and relocated her to Belmar, NJ where she now continues to sail under the command of Captain Ronald Kish.  CAPT. ROBBINS, Ocean City, NJ – 2013  Captain Victor Hartley's "CAPT. ROBBINS" from Ocean City,NJ in the boatyard for its annual spring maintenance in 2013 sports a fresh coat of paint and varnish.   She was built in 1973 by East Bay Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC as Captain Neil Robbins' "CAPT. ROBBINS" from Sea Isle City, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Captain Victor Hartley. 
CAPT. ROBBINS, Ocean City, New Jersey – 2013  Ahh!   Back in the water at last.   Captain Victor Hartley's "CAPT. ROBBINS" from Ocean City, New Jersey after its annual maintenance in the spring of 2013.   She was built in 1973 by East Bay Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC as Captain Neil Robbins' "CAPT. ROBBINS" from Sea Isle City, NJ.  CAPT. ROD, Captree, NY – 2014  Captain George Bartenback's "CAPT. ROD"with fresh paint and varnish at Shellfish Marine in West Sayville, NY in the spring of 2014.   Built by Gillikin Boat Works at Harkers Island, NC in 1961, the "CAPT ROD" is one of the last Gillikin vessels to keep her fine varnished mahogany.   Photo courtesy of Captain George Bartenback.