OPTIMIST I, Belmar, NJ – 1951
Captain Charlie Dodd is shown here with a group of 'regulars' after returning from a day of Mackerel fishing aboard his "OPTIMIST I" in the spring of 1951. In 1939, Captain Dodd was the first party boat operator to sail from the Belmar Marina.
Ernest Feidler built the "OPTIMIST I" in 1946 at his Bergen Beach Boatworks at Brooklyn, NY. She was sold in 1952 and became Captain Doug Macintosh’s "IDEAL I" from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Photo courtesy of Ray Dodd.