OPTIMIST, Shark River, NJ – 1938
Captain Charlie Dodd's original "OPTIMIST" from Belmar, NJ circa 1938. She was built in 1929 at Freeport, NY and was purchased by Captain Dodd in 1937. The "OPTIMIST" originally sailed from the Shark River at Belmar, NJ (just to the east of the Route 71 Bridge.) In 1939, Captain Dodd relocated the "OPTIMIST" and she became the first party boat to sail from the Belmar Marina. She was later sold and sailed as the "KAY-T" until she was dismantled in 1959. Photo courtesy of Ray Dodd.