1LYDIA GIRLS, Staten Island, NY – 2009 Captain Ron Santee's "FISHERMEN" and Captain John Connell's "CAPTAIN JOHN" sit side-by-side at the Tottenville Marina, Staten Island, NY in anticipation of the upcoming fishing season. They are nearly identical vessels built by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, Florida.
2MARILYN JEAN IV, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY – 2009 The "MARILYN JEAN IV" hauled out at Tottenville Marina, Staten Island, New York in April of 2009. She was built in 1975 by Lydia Yachts and after 40 years, is a testament of quality design and construction.
3ROYAL MISS BELMAR, Belmar, NJ – 2009 Captains Alan and Dave Shinn's "ROYAL MISS BELMAR" from Belmar, NJ sports a fresh coat of bottom paint at the Brielle Marine Basin, Brielle, NJ as she gets ready for the 2009 season. The "ROYAL MISS BELMAR" was built by Lydia Yachts in 1982 and has been renamed as the "TROPICAL ADVENTURE" and now sails from Fort Lauderdale during the winter months and Belmar, NJ during the summer.
4ROYAL MISS BELMAR, Belmar, NJ – 2009 The "ROYAL MISS BELMAR" shows off her triple screws. Varoom!
5SEA HUNTER, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 2009 Captain Rob Semkewyc's "SEA HUNTER" joins the scrape, chip, sand, and paint crowd at the Tottenville Marina, Staten Island, NY. She was built in 1996 by Aqua Bay Marine at Panama City, FL and sails from Atlantic Highlands, NJ.
6HEL-CAT II, Groton, CT – 2010 Captain Brad Glas' "HEL-CAT II" from the Thames River at Groton, CT. This well constructed 114-foot custom steel vessel was designed by Captain Brad and built by the Glas family in 1985, and is the largest party boat operating in New England. Even though this photo was taken in the dead of winter after a long season, she is well maintained and looks as sharp as a tack.
7ISLAND CURRENT III, City Island, NY – 2010 Captain Chris Cullen's "ISLAND CURRENT III" was built 2003 by Performance Marine (formerly DMR Yachts) and originally sailed as the "SEA OTTER V". This speedy 76 foot vessel sails from Wakefield, RI during the winter months and she is seen here Cod fishing off Block Island in February 2010.
8LADY FRANCES, Point Judith, RI – 2010 Captain Frank Blount's "LADY FRANCES" is seen here Cod fishing off Block Island, RI in February 2010. She was built in 1991 by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL. At 105 feet in length, she is one of the longest boats built by Lydia Yachts.
9NICE DAY TOO, New Bedford, MA – 2010 Captain Tommy Chen's "NICE DAY TOO" is shown Cod fishing off Block Island, RI in February 2010. This 62 x 22 foot aluminum catamaran was built in 2007 by Geo Shipyard at New Iberia, LA.
10ROSIE, Center Moriches, NY – 2010 Captains James and Fred Russo's "ROSIE" from Center Moriches, NY. She was built in 1960 by Stowman Shipyards at Dorchester, NJ as Captain Bill Wolff's "VIVIAN II" from Barnegat Light, NJ. She later sailed as the "SEA QUEEN II" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY and then as the "HOLIDAY" also from Sheepshead Bay, before making her way to Center Moriches.
11SUNBEAM EXPRESS, Waterford, CT – 2010 It's just before sunrise on a cold day in February 2010 and Captain Bob Wadsworth's "SUNBEAM EXPRESS" is Cod fishing off Montauk, NY. This 100-foot aluminum boat was built in 1979 by Swiftships at Morgan City, LA.
12TAILS OF THE SEA, Plymouth, MA – 2010 Built in 1994 specifically as a whale watch excursion vessel by Gulf Craft at Patterson, LA, she first sailed as Captain Joe Miller's "WHALE WATCHER" from Barnstable Harbor, MA. In 1999, Captain Miller upgraded to a bigger and faster Gulf Craft and sold this boat to the Capt. John Boats fleet. Today, she sails to Stellwagen Bank from Plymouth, MA under the name "TAILS OF THE SEA".
13VIKING STAR, Montauk, NY – 2010 The 104-foot "VIKING STAR" under the command of Captain Steven Forsberg Sr. is seen here Cod fishing off Block Island, RI in February 2010. This steel vessel was designed by Captain Paul Forsberg and built 1970 by Blount Marine at Warren, RI. "You're in good hands with ALLSTEEL".
14VIKING SUPERSTAR, Montauk, NY – 2010 Captain Paul Forsberg's "VIKING SUPERSTAR" Cod fishing off Block Island, RI in February 2010. Built 1975 by Gulf Craft as a 120-foot crew boat, she was converted to a party fishing boat and sailed as Captain George Lockhart's "SUPER SQUIRREL II" from Point Judith, RI. She then operated as the whale watch vessel "ACADIA WHALE WATCHER" from Barnstable, MA before becoming the dive vessel "WAVE DANCER", and finally joining the Viking Fleet in 2006.
15PECONIC STAR EXPRESS, Greenport, NY – 2010 Captain Dave Brennan's "PECONIC STAR EXPRESS" at her dock in 2010. This aluminum boat was built by Gulf Craft in 1974 as the "SUPER SPRAY II" from Belmar, NJ. She later sailed from Freeport, NY and then sailed from Captree, NY as the "SUPER SPEEDY EXPRESS".
16PECONIC STAR II, Greenport, NY – 2010 The "PECONIC STAR II" out for a day of fishing in 2010. She was built in 1944 at Nyack, NY as the World War II Patrol Vessel "P-444". She then sailed as the sightseeing vessel "BIG FLAMINGO" from Wildwood, NJ and after that as the novelty boat "PT-109". She was later sold and began party boat fishing as Captain Jeff Stewart's "BUCCANEER" from Wildwood, NJ before becoming Captain Dave Brennan's "PECONIC STAR II".
17CAPTREE STAR 3, Captree, NY – 2010 Captain Charlie Buser's "CAPTREE STAR 3" from Captree, NY. Built in 1978 by Lydia Yachts, she first sailed as the Captain Pete Pearson's "KLONDIKE VII" from New Rochelle, NY. She later moved to Florida where she sailed as the "MYSTERY" and later returned to the area when she sailed as the "MISS BELMAR II" from Belmar, NJ. In 1991, she became the "FREDDY-C" from Leonardo, NJ and in 2009 she was purchased by Captain Charlie Buser.
18BROOKLYN VI, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY – 2011 The "BROOKLYN VI" from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY circa 2011. She was built by Gulf Craft Inc. in 1984 and originally sailed as Captain Al Avellar's "DOLPHIN V" of the Dolphin Whale Watch Fleet at Provincetown, MA.
19MARILYN JEAN IV, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY – 2013 Built in 1975 by Lydia Yachts as the "CAPT. BOB", she later sailed as the "VOYAGER" before becoming Captain Richie Moore's "TEAL" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. She is presently sailing from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn as the "MARILYN JEAN IV".
20CAPT. 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.
21SEA HORSE, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 2012 Captain Ed Bunting's "SEA HORSE" in the slings of the travel lift at Yank Marine in Tuckahoe, New Jersey in the spring of 2012.
22CAPT. ROBBINS, Ocean City, NJ – 2013 Captain Victor Hartley's "CAPT. ROBBINS" from Ocean City, New Jersey sports a fresh coat of paint and varnish 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. Photo courtesy of Captain Victor Hartley.
23CAPTAIN AL, Point Lookout, NY – 2013 One of Captain Al Lindroth's litany of quotes is… "Wood is good, but steel is real". The "CAPTAIN AL" is seen here getting ready to go back in the water in April 2013 after her annual spring maintenance at Shellfish Marine in West Sayville, NY.
24MARINER, Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 2013 Captain Dannie Schade's "MARINER" gets hauled out for the winter in November of 2013 at Atlantic Highlands Harbor. The "MARINER" was built in1978 by Alvin Shibley of Deltaville, VA for Captain Joseph Bucolo who sailed her from Fortescue, NJ. She was later owned by Robert Layton of that same port before being sold in 2013 to Captain Dannie Shade who relocated her to Atlantic Highlands, NJ. She soon underwent restoration work that returned her to "like-new" condition. Captain Dannie and the "MARINER" specialize in cruises on Raritan Bay and along the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers. Photo courtesy of Captain Dannie Schade.
25OSPREY V, Port Jefferson, NY – 2013 The "OSPREY V" of Port Jefferson, New York has a fresh coat of paint at Shellfish Marine in West Sayville, NY and is ready to go back in the water in April 2013. The "OSPREY V" sails from Port Jefferson, NY during the summer season and from Atlantic City, NJ during the fall and winter months.
26SUZIE GIRL, Belmar, NJ – 2013 Captain Jim Hull's "SUZIE GIRL is seen here at her slip in Belmar, New Jersey in the fall of 2013. This sleek party and charter boat was built in 2002 by Yank Marine at Tuckahoe, New Jersey.
27CAPT. GILLEN, Captree, NY – 2014 Captain Patrick Gillen's "CAPT. GILLEN" from Captree, NY circa 2014. The boat was built in 1988 by Lydia Yachts at Stewart, FL as Captain Tommy Paladino's "ELSIE-K PRINCESS" from Brooklyn, NY. She then sailed as Captain Ed Beneduci's "MARLIN VI PRINCESS" from Montauk, NY before becoming the "CAPT. GILLEN". Photo courtesy of Captain Patrick Gillin.
28CAPT. 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.
29LITTLE HAWK, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey – 2014 Captains Joe Occhipinti Sr. and Jr.'s Harkers Island built charter boat "LITTLE HAWK" waits to go back in the water at the Tottenville Marina, Staten Island, NY in April 2014.
30QUEEN MARY, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey – 2014 Captains Dave Riback and John Brackett's "QUEEN MARY" is seen on the blocks at Brielle Marine Basin in February of 2014. While at the boatyard, she was repowered and her GM 8V92 diesels were replaced with a pair of John Deere 6135 diesels. Zoom! She was built in 1979 by Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL as Captain Bob Pennington's "SEA DEVIL".
31VOYAGER, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey – 2014 Captain Jeff Gutman's "VOYAGER" is on the travel lift at Winter's Boatyard, Mantoloking, NJ and ready to go back in the water in April 2014. The "VOYAGER" was sold in January 2015 and relocated to Captree, New York where she is now sailing as Captain Rob Andresen's "CAPTREE PRINCESS".
32VOYAGER, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – 2015 The new "VOYAGER" gets a high flying haul-out at Derector Shipyard in Mamaroneck, NY in March 2015. Captain Jeff Gutman purchased the boat in February 2015 and is getting her ready for a busy season of offshore fishing trips. The boat was built in 1975 by Gulf Craft at Patterson, Louisiana and previously sailed as Captains Charles and Ronald Eble's "DORIS MAE IV".