PARAMOUNT II, Brielle, NJ – 1980  The "PARAMOUNT II" departing Manasquan Inlet for an afternoon half-day Fluke fishing trip during the summer of 1980.   At 118 feet in length, she boasted as being the 'World's Largest Half-Day Boat' at the time.   The "PARAMOUNT II" later became the private charter boat in the Bogan family's fleet and was renamed the "ATLANTIS".   She is still operating from Bogan's Basin as the charter boat "JAMAICA STAR".   Photo courtesy of Bill Horan.  STARFISH, Sea Isle City, NJ – 1980  Captain Charles Shaffer's "STARFISH" from Sea Isle City, NJ circa 1980.   She was built in 1980 by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL and is shown here on her sea trials in Florida.   The "STARFISH" was 71 feet in length and was powered by two turbocharged 8-cylinder Detroit Diesels.   She later sailed as the "CASINO CHALLENGER" and is presently sailing from Delaware as the "THELMA DALE IV".   Photo Courtesy of Captain Jack Bogan.  TRAVELER and BLUE SEA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  The "TRAVELER" and "BLUE SEA III" along Pier 8 at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1980.   Yank Boat Works at Tuckahoe, NJ built the "TRAVELER" in 1978 for Captain Gerry Nappi.   She later sailed as the "CAPT. BOB JOSEPH", the "ATOMIC III", the "BETTY W", the "CAPT. GILLEN III", and the "CAPTREE STAR II" and is presently sailing as the "CELTIC QUEST IV" from Port Jefferson, NY.  Captain Nick Cannisi's "BLUE SEA III" was built in 1966 by Covacevich Shipyard at Biloxi, MS as the "GULF CLIPPER".   She arrived at Sheepshead Bay in 1976 and sailed as the "BLUE SEA III" until 1987.   Captain Tommy Marconi later purchased the boat and she became one of his many vessels named "PILOT II".   Photo courtesy of Captain Gerry Nappi.  WHITE EAGLE II, Brooklyn, NY – 1980  The "WHITE EAGLE II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1980.   Built in 1933 by Ernest Fiedler, she is one of the few 'skipjack style' party boats he built.   She was originally operated by Captain Connie Rank and sailed from Canarsie, Brooklyn, NY.   She was later sold to Captain John Rutter and sailed from Howard Beach, NY.   She returned to Sheepshead Bay in 1977.  WHITE STAR III, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1980  East Bay Boat Works built the "WHITE STAR III"  in 1978 at Harkers Island, North Carolina for Captain Ray Ettel, who operated her from Barnegat Light, NJ.   In 1987, Captain Ettel sold the "WHITE STAR III" and she became Captain Ray Burke's "OPTIMIST STAR" from Belmar, NJ.  Later sold and relocated to the west coast, she sailed as the "MAGNUM FORCE" from Monterey, CA.   She is presently sailing as the whale watcher "PACIFIC EXPLORER" from Monterey, CA. 
AMBERJACK V, Brooklyn, NY – 1981  Captain Jim and Fred Ardolino's "AMBERJACK V" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1981.   Built in 1978 by Putnum Shipbuilding at Palatka, FL, she was designed to compete with the other 'Super Cruisers' of the era, and had a length of 120 feet, a 28-foot beam and was powered by three GM V12 turbo-diesel engines.   With diminishing fisheries, reduced angler participation and high operating expenses, she soon became obsolete and as a result, she made her last fishing trip on January 17, 1988.     The Ardolino family decided to convert her into a dinner cruise vessel and she was the pioneer of that industry at Sheepshead Bay.   The only fish now found aboard the "AMBERJACK V" are on the passenger's dinner plates and she continues to cruise New York Harbor.  ATOMIC II, Brooklyn, NY – 1981  Captain Joe Miller’s "ATOMIC II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1981.   She was built in 1974 by Gulf Craft, Patterson, LA as the "TAMPA V" (also from Sheepshead Bay) and was the fastest party boat in the area at the time.   After spending several years as a whale watching tour boat named the "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood, NJ, she returned to party boat fishing as the "GULF STREAM" in North Carolina and later became "MISS BELMAR PRINCESS" from Belmar, NJ.  STARLIGHT, Wildwood, NJ – 1981  Captain Jim Ciechetti's "STARLIGHT" sailing from Blake's Dock, Wildwood, NJ circa 1981.   She was built in 1980 at Ft. Lauderdale, FL by a small boatyard owned by the Joseph family of Captree, NY.   This boat is similar to the aluminum "CAPT. JOSEPH" (referred to by many as the "Star Wars Boat") also built by the Joseph family.   She was later purchased by Captains Michael and Bob Elsey and sailed as their "NIGHT HAWK" from Belmar, NJ.  BIG JIM, Cape May, NJ – 1982  The "BIG JIM" from Cape May, NJ with Captain A.J. Dulinski circa 1982.   This aluminum vessel was built in 1978 at Yank Boat Works, Tuckahoe, NJ.   She later sailed as Captain Dom Vitolo's "SKIPPER" from Belmar, NJ, and is now sailing as Captain Bobby Quinn's "OCEAN EXPLORER" from Belmar, NJ.  BLUE SEA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1982  Captain Nick Cannisi's "BLUE SEA III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1982.   Covacevich Shipyard at Biloxi, MS built her in 1966.   She came to Sheepshead Bay in 1976 and sailed as the "BLUE SEA III" until 1987, when she was purchased by Captain Tommy Marconi and became one of his many vessels named "PILOT II". 
BUCCANEER, Wildwood Crest, NJ – 1982  Captain Jeff Stewart's "BUCCANEER" sailed from Sinn's Dock at Wildwood Crest, NJ.   She was built in 1944 at Upper Nyack, NY as the US Navy Patrol Boat "P-444".   Sold as surplus to Captain George Sinn, the boat sailed as his "BIG FLAMINGO" and later as his sightseeing vessel "PT-109" before becoming the "BUCCANEER" in 1982.  She is still in service and is presently sailing from Greenport, NY as Captain Dave Brennan's "PECONIC STAR II".   Photo courtesy of Captain Jeff Stewart Jr.  HOLIDAY II, Brooklyn, NY – 1982  The "HOLIDAY II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1982.   Built in 1944 at St. Joseph, MI as the US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Vessel "Q-577", she was converted to a party boat and first sailed as Captain Walter Wiegand's "FLAMINGO II" from Sheepshead Bay.   She would later become the "SUNSHINE" and then as the "HOLIDAY II".   She finished her party boat career sailing as the "CAPT. GEORGE" from Sheepshead Bay.  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.  TUNA II, Brooklyn, NY  – 1982  The "TUNA II" was built in 1931 at Brooklyn, NY as the "CATHERINE M", and was one of the last 'old time' charter boats to sail from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   The "TUNA II" was operated by Emil Eifert and Elie Cantor and she was dismantled in 1995.   Photo courtesy of John Cairns.  WHITE STAR III, Barnegat Light, NJ – 1982  Captain Ray Ettel's "WHITE STAR III" on a diving charter off the New Jersey coast circa 1982.   Yes, that's Captain Ray on the top deck keeping a watchful eye on the goings on.   Built 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.   Like many other vessels built by the Gillikin family during this era, she is proudly displaying her fine mahogany woodwork.   She now sails as the "MAGNUM FORCE" from Monterey, CA.   Photo courtesy of Captain Ray Ettel. 
APACHE II, Brooklyn, NY – 1983  The "APACHE II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1983.   Built in 1940 by Peterson Boatyard, Staten Island, NY, she originally sailed as Captain Felix Rando's "ADVANCE" from Great Kills, Staten Island.   She later became the "APACHE II" and then finished her fishing career sailing as the "WHITECHIN".   She was dismantled in 1989.  LENNY, Belmar, NJ – 1983  Captain Hank Leonard's "LENNY" is shown passing the Shark River railroad bridge on her way out for a day of bluefishing in 1983.   The "LENNY" sailed from Belmar, NJ and was the third vessel owned and operated by Captains Hank Leonard Sr. and Jr.  Deebold Boat Works at Atlantic City, NJ built her in 1962 as the "BIG-DAY".   In 1986, Captain Hank replaced the "LENNY" with the Lydia-built "GOLDEN EAGLE" and sold the "LENNY" to Captain John Connell Sr.   Captain Connell relocated the boat to Keyport, NJ where she sailed as his original "CAPTAIN JOHN".  The boat last sailed as Captain's Joe and Bruce Cash's "PORT JEFF ACE" from Port Jefferson, NY.   She was demolished in December 2009 after 47 years of operation.   Photo courtesy of Captain Greg Markert.  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.  RANGER VII, Brooklyn, NY – 1983  Captain Mike Scarpati's "RANGER VII" may have been the prettiest party boat to sail from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Lydia Yachts built the "RANGER VII" at Stuart, FL in 1982.   She was sold in 1988 and became Captain Ray Etle's "WHITE STAR IV" from Barnegat Light, NJ.   She later became Captain Arnold 'Speedy' Hubert's "SUPER SPEEDY EXPRESS" from Captree, NY and then headed south to Virginia Beach, VA and sailed as the "SUPER SPORT II".   The boat then returned to Captree, NY and resumed sailing as the "SUPER SPEEDY EXPRESS".   The boat presently sails as Captain Wes Eastman's "LADY MERRILEE ANN III" from Seabrook, NH.  ATOMIC III, Brooklyn, NY – 1984  Captain Joe Miller's "ATOMIC III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1984.   The boat was built in 1978 by Yank Boat Works at Tuckahoe, NJ as Captain Gerry Nappi's "TRAVELER".   She was originally designed to be 75 feet in length, but a berth of that size was unavailable at the time and she was built shorter at 65 feet.  The boat later became the "CAPT. BOB JOSEPH" from Captree, NY, Captain Joe Miller's "ATOMIC III" from Sheepshead Bay, Captain Al Coley's "BETTY W" from Sheepshead Bay, Captain Patrick Gillen's "CAPT. GILLEN III" from Captree, NY, and Captain Charlie Buser's "CAPTREE STAR II" from Captree and is currently sailing as Captain Des O'Sullivan's "CELTIC QUEST IV" from Port Jefferson, NY. 
BETTY W III, Brooklyn, NY – 1984  Taking a page from the Captree fleet's protocol of fine varnish work is Captain Al Coley's "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn NY.   She was built in 1975 by East Bay Boat Works at 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 before becoming the "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay.   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. JOSEPH, Captree, NY – 1984  Due to her unique and modern design, the "CAPT. JOSEPH" was referred to as the 'Star Wars' boat when she debuted at Captree, NY in 1981.   She was built in 1980 at Ft. Lauderdale, FL by a small boatyard owned by the Joseph family.   Powered by three turbocharged GM 12-92 engines, she was a very fast vessel, but her fuel consumption was considerable.   She was later leased and began operating as a commuter vessel between Cape Cod and Nantucket Island.   She returned to party boat fishing in 1986 when she was purchased by Captain AL Coley and began sailing as his "BETTY W IV" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She later sailed as the "OPTIMIST SHOOTING STAR" from Belmar, NJ and then returned to Sheepshead Bay as the "SUNSHINE".   Photo courtesy of Dana Chapman.  FRIENDSHIP II, Brooklyn, NY – 1984  Captain Mark Brent's "FRIENDSHIP II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1984.   She was built in 1958 by Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ as the Bogan family's "PARAMOUNT" and sailed from Brielle, NJ.   She later became the "DUTCHESS" from Point Pleasant, NJ and also sailed briefly from that same port as the “HOLIDAY”.   She caught fire at her pier in 1986 and was a total loss.  HOLIDAY, Point Pleasant, NJ – 1984  The "HOLIDAY" from Point Pleasant, NJ circa 1984.   Captain Mark Campbell operated her.   Stowman Shipyards, Dorchester, NJ built her in 1958 as the "PARAMOUNT".   She later became the "DUTCHESS" from Point Pleasant, NJ and after that, sailed from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY as the "FRIENDSHIP II".   Photo courtesy of Captain Jack Endean.  MISS MOORE, Staten Island, NY – 1984  Captain Everett 'Eve' Moore's "MISS MOORE" from Great Kills, Staten Island NY circa 1984.  This was the last photo of the "MISS MOORE" while berthed at Shoal's Dock.  The owners of the property sold the land and it became part of a condominium development, and the "MISS MOORE" moved Port Atlantic Marina at Tottenville, Staten Island, NY.   Gillikin Boat Works, Harkers Island, NC, built the "MISS MOORE" in 1963.   Sold in 1987, she operated from Gerritsen Beach, NY as a charter boat for one season under the command of Captain Tommy Paladino.   Sold the following year, she became Captain Ed Moraski's "SEA WOLF" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   Photo courtesy of Captain Jeff Gutman. 
SHAMROCK, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 1984  Lydia Yachts of Stuart, Florida built the "SHAMROCK" in 1984 and in this photo, she was brand new and on her way from Florida to Point Pleasant Beach.   She was owned and operated by Captain John Bogan Jr. (who is known by his fellow boatmen as 'Shammy John', and by a select few, as the infamous 'Shamola'.)   Captain John sailed the "SHAMROCK" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ specializing in summer 'Jersey Shore' Fluke fishing during the day and Bluefish during the evening.  The boat was later sold and became Captain Russell Benn's "SEVEN B'S V" from Point Judith, RI.   Photo courtesy of Captain John Bogan, Jr.  ZEPHYR, Brooklyn, NY – 1984  Captain 'Butch' Rafi's "ZEPHYR" circa 1984.   She sailed from Pier 1, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.   She was built in 1958 by Gillikin Brothers Boat works, Harkers Island, NC as the "BLUE SEA II" from Riviera Beach, FL.   She later became Captain Nick Cannisi’s "BLUE SEA II" (same name, different owner.)   Captain Cannisi then remodeled her and removed many of her Gillikin features.   Captain 'Butch' purchased the "BLUE SEA II" in 1976 and renamed her the "ZEPHYR".   When he replaced her with the new "ZEPHYR V" in 1988, her new owners moved the boat to Minneapolis, MN and remodeled her again.   She then sailed as a dinner cruise boat (on the Mississippi River) until she was dismantled in 1996.  ALOMA II, Freeport, NY – 1985  Captain George Schmidt's "ALOMA II" from Freeport, NY circa 1985.   The "ALOMA II" was built in 1971 at Freeport, NY by Captain Harry Nunnenkamp as his "ANN".   She later sailed as Captain Jake Nessel's "MARLIN V" from Montauk, New York and is presently sailing as the "EBB TIDE" in the Marlin Fleet at Montauk, New York.   Photo courtesy of Captain Paul Schmidt.  BETTY W III, Brooklyn, NY – 1985  The "BETTY W III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and skippered by Captain Al Coley circa 1985.   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 before becoming the "BETTY W III".   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.  BLUE SEA III, Brooklyn, NY – 1985  The "BLUE SEA III" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 1982.   She was operated by Captain Nick Cannisi.   She was built in 1966 by Covacevich Shipyard, Biloxi, MS.   She came to Sheepshead Bay in 1976 and sailed as the "BLUE SEA III" until 1987 when she was sold to Captain Tommy Marconi and became one of the many vessels that were named "PILOT II".   Photo courtesy of Captain Andrew Nazzaruolo.