Gulf Craft

Roaring diesels interrupt the countryside, followed by a large Gulf Craft Fishing Boat at full throttle
Gulf Craft Boats  In March 2006, we added the first set of Gulf Craft Inc. boat photos to Mike's Maritime Memorabilia.   And now, we are adding a second set of photos.   Family owned and operated since its inception in 1965, the company is now named Gulf Craft, LLC and located in larger quarters at Franklin, Louisiana.   All of the boats in this second set were built at their former location at Patterson, Louisiana and are shown on the slow and meandering waters of Bayou Teche.    Gulf Craft made their name building rugged aluminum offshore crew boats for the oil industry.   In 1972, they took their proven hull design and built one of the world's earliest aluminum party fishing boats, the "SHADY LADY". Our May additions include thirty photographs of Gulf Craft boats all taken shortly after launching into Bayou Teche and we can see them with their original colors and fittings.   All of these boats are still sailing today; a testament to their sturdy construction and the craftsmen that built them at Gulf Craft.   Appreciated by many boatmen and a host of recreational fishermen for over forty years, Gulf Craft boats will continue sailing our local waters for many years to come. We thank SCOTTY TIBBS II of Gulf Craft, LLC for providing us with his company's file photos and background information.  SHADY LADY, Virginia Beach, VA – 1972  The "SHADY LADY" shortly after Gulf Craft Inc. completed her construction in 1972.   She was delivered to Captain John Pierce in December of that year.   The "SHADY LADY" sailed from Rudee Inlet in Virginia and was the first party boat built by Gulf Craft Inc.   At the time, the "SHADY LADY" was one of the earliest all-aluminum party fishing boats on the Atlantic Coast.   She later changed ports and sailed from Hatteras Village, NC.   After that, she sailed as the "CAPT. CASEY" and is presently sailing as Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, New York.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  SS MISS BELMAR, Belmar, NJ – 1973  The "SS MISS BELMAR" is shown here during a run down Bayou Teche shortly after Gulf Craft Inc. completed her construction in 1973.   She was delivered to Captain Al Shinn in September 1973, and she was the first all-aluminum party boat to sail from New Jersey.   This vessel introduced a new era of party boat design and construction, and was the first of many Gulf Craft boats to join the New Jersey and New York party fishing fleets in the following years.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  NEW INLET PRINCESS, Murrells Inlet, SC – 1973  The "NEW INLET PRINCESS" was built by Gulf Craft Inc. for Captain Everette Ayers and this photo shows her when construction was completed in May 1973.   At the time, she was powered by three Detroit Diesel 12-71 engines and had a top speed of 26 knots during her sea trials, which was quite an achievement for a vessel of this size.   Celebrating her fortieth birthday, this 90 footer continues to sail under her original name from Murrells Inlet, SC.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  SUPER SQUIRREL, Galilee, RI – 1973  Gulf Craft Inc. built Captain Al Jarman's "SUPER SQUIRREL" in 1973.   She is shown here shortly after being launched and was being prepared for delivery to her homeport of Galilee, RI.   The "SUPER SQUIRREL" became the premier Rhode Island offshore codfish party boat.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
THUMPER III, Barnegat, NJ – 1973  Gulf Craft Inc. built Captain Ted Weeks' "THUMPER III" in 1973 and she is shown here shortly after her construction was completed.   The party boats built by Gulf Craft during this era offered a combination of size and speed, which was unique to the deep sea fishing industry, making these modern vessels very popular.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. APPLEGATE, Atlantic City, NJ – 1974  Gulf Craft built this 77-foot party boat for Captain Andy Applegate in 1974.   Notice the 'A' design on the wing supports alongside the wheelhouse.   In 1986, the boat was relocated to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY, where she sailed as Captain Mark Brent's "FRIENDSHIP III".   Captain Brent operated her from Sheepshead Bay for a few years and later moved, along with the vessel, to Massachusetts where he began a new venture offering whale-watching tours.   She later regained her party boat status when she became the "MOHAWK EXPLORER" from Belmar, NJ.   She again changed owners and names when she became Captain Bob Elsey's "NIGHT HAWK" from Belmar, NJ.   Sold in 2005, she is now running whale-watching tours as the "MONTEREY PRINCESS" from Monterey, CA.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. BILL VAN, Belmar, NJ – 1974  Captain Bill Van Wetering's "CAPT. BILL VAN" was built by Gulf Craft Inc., and in 1974, joined the Belmar, NJ party boat fleet.   She is shown in this photo before making the trip from Patterson, LA to Belmar, NJ.   This photo also is unique, as it shows her original color scheme (the aqua and white colors were very popular at the time.   After sailing from Belmar for several years, she was sold and became Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, NY, and later sailed as the "ZEPHYR VI" from Gloucester, MA.   She returned to New Jersey in 1998 and sailed as Captain John Connell's "CAPTAIN JOHN" from Keyport, NJ, and then sailed as Captain Jeff Gutman's "VOYAGER" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.    In early 2015, she was purchased by Captain Rob Andresen and sails as his "CAPTREE PRINCESS" from Captree, NY.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  STARSTREAM II, Freeport, NY – 1974  Gulf Craft Inc. built Captain Richie Kessinger's "STARSTREAM II" in 1974, and she is shown in this photo making a speedy trial run along Bayou Teche.   Similar to other Gulf Craft built party boats of the era, a pair of 12-cylinder Detroit Diesel turbocharged diesel engines allowed her to cruise at 20 knots with ease.   During her Long Island tenure, she specialized in summer blue fishing, and fall and winter offshore wreck fishing.   She was sold in 1998 and became the "MISS BELMAR" from Belmar, NJ for a short time period, and is currently sailing as the "FLYING FISH" from Sarasota, FL.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  SUPER SPRAY II, Belmar, NJ – 1974  Gulf Craft Inc. completed the construction of Captain Freddie Kern's "SUPER SPRAY II" in May of 1974.   She is shown here shortly after being launched at Patterson, Louisiana and was being prepared for delivery to her homeport of Belmar, NJ.   She sailed from Belmar until sold and relocated to Freeport, NY in 1985. She later sailed as the "SPEEDY EXPRESS II" from Captree, NY and is currently sailing as Captain Dave Brennan's "PECONIC STAR EXPRESS" from Greenport, NY.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
TAMPA V, Brooklyn, NY – 1974  Gulf Craft Inc. built the "TAMPA V" for Captains Rocky and Victor Becker.   She is shown here shortly after her construction was completed in February 1974, as she was prepared for delivery to Brooklyn, NY.   She was the first Gulf Craft party boat to join the Sheepshead Bay fleet, and immediately became the fastest vessel from that port since she cruised at more than 20 knots.   With her modern and sleek design, combined with size and speed, she became a moving endorsement for Gulf Craft Inc. in the New York area.   Sold in 1977 to Captain Joe Miller, she became his "ATOMIC II" from Sheepshead Bay.   She then became the whale watching tour boat "RANGER IV" from Provincetown, MA and then sailed as the "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood, NJ.   She then returned to party boat fishing as the "GULF STREAM" from North Carolina.   She finally made her way back to the New York Bight and is presently sailing as the "MISS BELMAR PRINCESS" from Belmar, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. BOB, Cape May, NJ – 1975  The "CAPT. BOB" was delivered to Captain Bob Burcowitz in February 1975 and it sailed from Sea Isle City, NJ.   She was later sold and became the "CARIBBEAN CLIPPER" and sailed from a port in Louisiana.   She then returned to the East Coast where she sailed as the "CAROLINA CLIPPER" from Mount Pleasant, SC.   She is currently operating as the tour boat "INDEPENDENT SEA" sailing out of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. STARN VI, Atlantic City, NJ – 1975  The christening moment of the CAPT. STARN VI" on March 28, 1975 at Atlantic City, NJ.   Standing in the bow with the white captain's hat is Captain Clarence 'Skeetz' Apel along with his wife Barbara as they do the honors with the bubbly.   Further to the right are Starn's Manager, George Crook and Captain Burt Whitaker (who operated the boat during her tenure with the Starn Fleet.)   The "CAPT. STARN VI" later sailed as Captain Andrew Applegate's "APPLEJACK" from Atlantic City, NJ.   The boat now sails from Gloucester, MA and makes whale watching trips as Captain Bill Cunningham's "MISS CAPE ANN".   If you happen to watch the television series "Wicked Tuna", she is often seen in the background as the tuna are off-loaded at the buyers dock.   Photo courtesy of Ann Apel Eble.  DAUNTLESS, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975  Built by Gulf Craft Inc., the "DAUNTLESS" was completed and delivered to Point Pleasant Beach in January 1975.   After 30 years of operation by the father and son team of Captains Bill Egerter Jr. and Bill Egerter III, the "DAUNTLESS" continues to sail from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and offers year-round bottom fishing.   Like many Gulf Craft built vessels, her design and construction has outlived her mechanics and she was recently re–powered with a pair of GM 60–series turbocharged diesel engines.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  DORIS MAE IV, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1975  In 1975, Gulf Craft constructed the fast and heavily built "DORIS MAE IV" and she is shown here before delivery to Barnegat Light, NJ.   She is arguably one of the best offshore party fishing vessels in New Jersey, and is currently on her third set of engines.   Captains Charles and Ron Eble have owned and operated the "DORIS MAE IV" from Barnegat Light, NJ from 1975 through 2014.   She was purchased by Captain Jeff Gutman in early 2015 and is now sailing as the "VOYAGER" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
NORMA–K III, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975  Gulf Craft Inc. built the "NORMA–K III" and her construction was completed in May 1975.   She became the flagship of the Ken's Landing party boat fleet at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.   The "NORMA–K III" continues to operate from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and caters to the family and tourist trade by specializing in half-day fishing trips during the summer months.   In 2004, she was renovated and re–powered with three turbocharged Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines and now has a top speed of over 25 knots.   Under the command of Captains Ken Keller and Matt Sosnowski, she continues to operate as one of the most meticulously maintained party boats in the New Jersey fleet.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  NORMA-K III, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1975  Gulf Craft Inc. completed construction of the "NORMA-K III" in May 1975.   She became the flagship of the Ken's Landing party fishing fleet at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.   The "NORMA-K III" continues to operate from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and caters to the family and tourist trade by specializing in half-day fishing trips during the summer months.   In 2004, she was renovated and re-powered with three turbocharged Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines and now has a top speed of over 25 knots.   Under the command of Captains Ken Keller and Matt Sosnowski, she continues to operate as one of the most meticulously maintained party boats in the New Jersey fleet.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  ATLANTIC QUEEN, Rye, NH – 1976  The "ATLANTIC QUEEN" was built by Gulf Craft Inc. and delivered to Captains Jeff Ritter and Rick Gauron in May 1976.   She sailed from Rye, NH during the summer and from Marathon, FL during the off season.   In 1984, she returned to Gulf Craft for a redesign that included a bow pulpit and a stern porch.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  BROOKLYN V, Brooklyn, NY – 1977  Captain Bob Sapanara's "BROOKLYN V" is shown here running down the bayou at full throttle during the summer of 1977.   AlumaShip Corp began her construction in early 1977 at Jeanerette, LA, but due to financial difficulties, the shipyard was unable to complete the boat.   The unfinished hull was transported to Gulf Craft Inc. at Patterson, LA where she was finished and delivered to Captain Bob Sapanara in July 1977.   She was one of the fastest party boats in the region and later sailed as Captain Kevin Bradshaw's "DOROTHY B VIII" from Sheepshead Bay and then as Captain Larry Horowitz's "SUPER VOYAGER II" from Calabash, NC.   The boat is presently sailing as the "DOLPHIN EXPRESS" from Port Aransas, TX.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. JOHN & SON, Plymouth, MA – 1977  The "CAPT. JOHN & SON" was built by Gulf Craft Inc. and completed in July 1977.   She continues to sail from Plymouth, MA on open boat fishing and whale watching trips under her original name.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
TAMPA VI, Brooklyn, NY – 1977  Captain Charlie Becker's "TAMPA VI" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Gulf Craft built this 120-foot party boat in 1977 and at the time, was the largest party fishing boat they had built.   She continued to operate as a party fishing boat until 1986, when the Becker family converted her into a dinner cruise boat.   She was later sold and is currently operates as a Galapagos Islands dive boat.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPTAIN JOHN & SON II, Plymouth, MA – 1983  The "CAPT. JOHN & SON II" was delivered to Captain Stanley Tavares in May 1983.   She continues to sail from Plymouth, MA on open boat fishing and whale watching trips under her original name.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  DOLPHIN V, Provincetown, MA – 1983  Captain Aaron Avellar's "DOLPHIN V" circa March 1983.   She later became the "CAPT JOHN & SON III" from Plymouth, MA.   She is currently sailing as the passenger ferry "MV CUTTYHUNK" operating between Bedford, MA and Cuttyhunk Island.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  ATLANTIC QUEEN, Portsmouth, NH – 1984  The "ATLANTIC QUEEN" is seen here after her return to Gulf Craft where she was redesigned with a pulpit on her bow and a stern porch extension.   She would later relocate to Bowers Beach, DE where she would sail as the "TRADEWINDS VIII" and later as the "K-2" from St. Augustine, FL.   She is presently sailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL as Captain Paul Roydhouse's "CATCH MY DRIFT".   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  DOLPHIN V, Provincetown, MA – 1984  The "DOLPHIN V" is shown here just prior to delivery in 1984 to Captain Al Avellar of the Dolphin Whale Watch Fleet located at Provincetown, MA.   She is currently sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as the "BROOKLYN VI".   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II of Gulf Craft Inc. 
DOLPHIN V, Provincetown, MA – 1984  Captain Aaron Avellar's "DOLPHIN V" was completed by Gulf Craft in April of 1984 and she joined the Dolphin Whale Watch fleet operating from Provincetown, MA at the northern tip of Cape Cod.   She was sold and now sails as the "BROOKLYN VI" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  STARLIGHT, Wildwood, NJ – 1984  Captain Jim Ciechetti's "STARLIGHT" is shown here shortly after Gulf Craft Inc. completed her construction in May 1984.   The "STARLIGHT" sailed from Wildwood, NJ and specialized in half-day fishing trips on Delaware Bay.   She is presently operating from Cape May, NJ as Captain Ron Robbins' "WHALE WATCHER II".   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  DOLPHIN VI – Provincetown, MA – 1985  Captain Aaron Avellar's "DOLPHIN VI" was completed by Gulf Craft Inc in April 1985 and is seen here on her launch day.   She sailed as the flagship of the Dolphin Fleet on whale watch excursion trips.   The boat was sold and is presently sailing as Captains Mike Danon and Mike Wasserman's "STARSTREAM VIII" from Freeport, NY.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  GREAT GETAWAY, Fort Meyers Beach, FL – 1985  Captain Robert Pitts' "GREAT GETAWAY" was completed by Gulf Craft Inc. in August of 1985.   Powered by three V-12 GM 1292 Turbo diesel engines, she cruised at 27 knots and sailed from Fort Meyers Beach, FL.   Later sold to Captain Anthony Agin, she continues to sail from Fort Meyers Beach under her original name.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  SUPER CRITTER II, Ponce Inlet, FL – 1985  Captain Charlie Schammel's "SUPER CRITTER II" during trials in Bayou Teche after Gulf Craft Inc. completed construction in February of 1985.   She is one of several 'supercruiser' party boats built by Gulf Craft Inc. during the 1980s.   She continues to sail from Ponce Inlet, FL as the flagship of the Critter Fleet.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
WHALE WATCHER, Barnstable, MA – 1985  The "WHALE WATCHER" was the first of four vessels Gulf craft built for Captain Joe Miller.   Launched in May 1985 she soon after began running whale watching excursions from Barnstable, MA harbor, to the offshore grounds of Cape Cod, MA.   Replaced by a new Gulf Craft built vessel in 1989, she is presently sailing as the "CAPT. JOHN & SON IV" from Plymouth, MA.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  DOLPHIN VII,  Provincetown, MA – 1986  Captain Aaron Avellar's "DOLPHIN VII" is seen here shortly after her launch in April 1986.   She still sails as a whale watch excursion vessel with the Dolphin Fleet from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.    Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  ACADIA WHALE WATCHER, Bar Harbor, ME – 1986  The "ACADIA WHALE WATCHER" was built in 1975 by Gulf craft Inc. as an oil rig crew boat.   After she was purchased by Bar Harbor Whale Watch Inc., she returned to Gulf Craft and was converted into a whale watching vessel.   She is shown here in June of 1986 after her conversion was completed.   Later sold to Captain George Lockhart, she sailed from Point Judith, RI as his party fishing boat "SUPER SQUIRREL II".   After that, the boat operated as the dive vessel "WAVE DANCER" from Belize.   On October 8, 2001, the "WAVE DANCER" was carrying members of the Richmond Dive Club and moored to a pier when Category 4 Hurricane Iris struck.   Winds in excess of 140 mph and a storm surge of fourteen feet pulled the "WAVE DANCER" from her mooring.  She was blown across the lagoon and capsized.   When the storm subsided, 20 of the vessel's 28 passengers were dead.   An investigation into this tragedy (the worst in the history of recreational diving) revealed that the boat's owner and captain had ignored storm warnings and needlessly endangered the lives of their passengers and crew.   The "WAVER DANCER" tragedy would later become the subject of the book "No Safe Harbor".   She was salvaged and was sold to Captain Paul Forsberg who gutted and completely rebuilt the vessel.   She is currently sailing as the "VIKING SUPERSTAR" providing ferry service to Block Island as part of the Viking Fleet from Montauk NY.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  BLACK WHALE III, Beach Haven, NJ – 1986  The "BLACK WHALE III" on her launch day at Gulf Craft Inc. in June of 1986.   Owner Deborah 'Debbie' Whitcraft operated her as a commuter vessel between Beach Haven, NJ and Atlantic City, NJ.   She was later sold and is currently operating as the "CAPT. PETE" from Gulfport, MS.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. RED, Newburyport, MA – 1986  The whale watch vessel "CAPT. RED" was built for Captain George Hilton and was completed by Gulf Craft Inc. in April of 1986.   She later sailed as the "PRINCE OF WHALES" from Plymouth, MA and is currently sailing as Captain Anthony Agin's "FISHIN XPRESS" from Fort Meyers Beach, FL.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
CAROLINA PRINCESS, Morehead City, NC – 1986  The "CAROLINA PRINCESS" was built by Gulf Craft Inc. for Captain James 'Woo-Woo' Harker and this photo shows her on her launch day in August 1986.   She operated as a party fishing boat under the command of Captain Harker for nearly 20 years.   In 2006 Captain Harker sold the "CAROLINA PRINCESS" to Captain Terrell Gould who continues to sail her from Morehead City, NC under the same name.    Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  SS MISS BELMAR, Belmar, NJ – 1986  The "SS MISS BELMAR" is seen here after she returned to Gulf Craft for a complete renovation in 1986.   Her forward gunwales were cut down and a pulpit was added.   A topside canopy was added aft of the wheelhouse.  A topside dodger was added completely around the second deck along with supports to the pilot house roof and she donned a brand new color scheme.   She is presently sailing as the "ULTRAMAR" from Playa del Carmen, Mexico and operates as a passenger ferry between the mainland and Cozumel.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  TWO GEORGES, Tarpon Springs, FL – 1986  The unique 80-foot "TWO GEORGES" was built by Gulf Craft Inc. at Patterson, LA and launched in May of 1986.   She was custom built for Captain John Georgiou with a low profile (to clear low bridges.)   She continues to sail from Tarpon Springs, FL.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. KERN, Belmar, NJ – 1987  Gulf Craft Inc. built the "CAPT. KERN" in 1987 for the father and son team of Captains Fred and Mike Kern.   She sailed from Belmar, NJ and specialized in summer Fluke fishing along the Jersey shore.   She was later sold and relocated to Point Lookout, NY, where she operates as the "SUPER HAWK" under the command of Captains Steve Kearney and Dennis Kanyuk.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  CAPT. LOU VI, Freeport, NY – 1987  Captain Mike Danon's "CAPT. LOU VI" was built by Gulf Craft Inc, and is shown here shortly after her construction was completed in February 1987.   For 20 years, she sailed from Freeport, NY and specialized in Fluke and Flounder fishing by day, and party cruises during the evenings.   She is presently sailing as the cruise vessel "CRYSTAL COAST LADY" from Beaufort, NC.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
SUPER RANGER, Brooklyn, NY – 1988  Talk about the combination of size and speed!   Captain Mike Scarpati went ALL OUT when he had the "SUPER RANGER" built in 1988 by Gulf Craft Inc.   With an overall length of 115 feet and powered by three GM 12–92 turbocharged diesel engines, she could cruise at 22 knots and is one of the fastest party boats of this size.   She was later sold and relocated to Gloucester, MA where she is presently the whale-watching tour vessel "PRIVATEER IV".   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  PILOT II, Brooklyn, NY – 1989  Captain Tommy Marconi's "PILOT II" was built by Gulf Craft Inc. in 1989 and is shown prior to making the trip from Patterson, LA to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She specialized bottom fishing for Blackfish and Porgies while sailing from Sheepshead Bay.   She was sold in 1998 and relocated to Harwichport, MA where she currently sails as the ferry and cruise vessel "FREEDOM".   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  WHALE WATCHER, Barnstable, MA – 1989  In May of 1989, Gulf Craft launched the second "WHALE WATCHER" for Captain Joe Miller of Barnstable, MA.   She sailed from Barnstable Harbor until she was replaced by a faster and larger Gulf Craft vessel built in March of 1994.   She is presently operating as the "ISLAND GIRL" and provides ferry service between St. John and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  VOYAGER II, Boston, MA – 1991  The "VOYAGER II" was launched in March of 1991 as a whale watching vessel for the New England Aquarium at Boston, MA.   She later sailed as the "PORTUGUESE PRINCESS II" and she continues to operate as the whale watch vessel "DOLPHIN IX" from Provincetown, MA.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  WHALE WATCHER, Barnstable, MA 1994  This "WHALE WATCHER" was the third Gulf Craft built for Captain Joe Miller and it was launched in March 1994.   She continued to sail as the "WHALE WATCHER" until March 1999 when she was replaced by yet another Gulf craft built vessel.   The boat is currently sailing on whale watching excursions as the "TAILS OF THE SEA" from Plymouth, MA.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc. 
CAPT. RED, Newburyport, MA – 1995  The "CAPT. RED" was launched at Gulf Craft Inc. in April 1995.   She was built for Captains George Hilton and William Strout and was their second "CAPT. RED" vessel from Gulf Craft.   She later sailed as the "AMERICAN PRINCESS II" and is presently sailing from Provincetown, MA as the "DOLPHIN X".  DOLPHIN VIII, Provincetown, MA – 1995  The "DOLPHIN VIII" is seen here shortly after her construction was completed in April 1995.   Built by Gulf craft Inc. for Captain Aaron Avellar, she was one of the many Gulf Craft vessels to operate as part of his whale watching Dolphin Fleet.   She continues to sail as the "DOLPHIN VIII" from Provincetown, MA.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  SEARCHER II, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1995  Gulf Craft Inc. built the "SEARCHER II" in 1994 for Captain Charles Eble and she sails from Barnegat Light, NJ.   She is one of two Gulf Craft vessels the Eble family owns and operates (the other is the "DORIS MAE IV").   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  ATLANTIS, Bar Harbor, ME – 1998  The "ATLANTIS" was completed in April of 1998 for Whale Watch Tours Inc. from Bar Harbor, ME.   She is currently operating under her original name in Puerto Rico as a commuter vessel owned by the Maritime Transportation Authority of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.  WHALE WATCHER, Barnstable, MA – 1999  This was the fourth boat named "WHALE WATCHER" that Gulf Craft built for Captain Joe Miller and was the first whale watch boat powered by five turbo water jet engines.   The channel into Barnstable Harbor is very shallow and the water jet propulsion allows for this vessel to be less dependent on high water.   The five turbo diesel engines produce a cruising speed of 28 knots and give the boat the necessary speed and range to view whales at several locations on any given day during the season. 
BIG-E, Freeport, TX – 2005  At 125 feet in length and a beam of 26 feet, the "BIG-E" is the largest party fishing boat built by Gulf Craft Inc.   She was built for Capt. Elliott's Party Boats and was launched in March 2005.   She continues to sail from Freeport, TX on long range fishing trips.   Photo courtesy of Scotty Tibbs II and Gulf Craft Inc.