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.