Vessel Name: Ketel One
Year Built: 2006
Model: Chris Craft
Vessel Type: Replica
Length on Deck: 20’6″ Beam: 20’6″
Vessel Name: Ketel One
Bimini Babe was the 13th sportfishing boat built by Rybovich. She was commissioned by Robert E. Maytag, celebrated tournament fisherman and noted ecologist. She is one of the three earliest examples of Rybovich craftsmanship still operating as intended.
Bimini Babe was the sixth in a series of 36 footers. She is considered a further refinement of an extremely successful design along with her sisters, Hull #16 Four Bells and Hull #18 Timid Tuna.
She underwent a total refit in 2004/2005 and recently went in for updated electronics and paint.
|Owners:||Drew and Linda Lawler|
|Vessel Name:||Huck Fin|
|Maintained by:||Professionally Maintained|
|Length on Deck:||56′|
|Vessel’s home port::||Newport Beach|
|Club affiliation:||Balboa Yacht Club and Tuna Club|
|Story:||Huck Fin is one of two 56′ Sportsman models built by the Huckins Yard in Jacksonville, Florida who gained fame with their legendary PT Boat “Quadraconic Hull”, later known as the Fairform Flyer hull. She underwent a complete restoration in the late 1980’s, only to partially sink in the Gulf after hitting a submerged object. So it underwent a second restoration later that year which included the installation of the CAT 3208s. Because of her unique hull design, she planes at 11 knots and tops out at 24 knots. She also raises fish well, something about the harmonics of the CATs through the wood hull.|
|Class Entry:||Cruiser (40’+)|
WINNER – 2016 Show Awards
Make CHRIS CRAFT
Hull EXPRESS CRUISER
City HUNTINGTON HARBOR
Model EL CAPITAN
Owners RON & CATHY YATCH
ComOcean is a Chris Craft El Capitan. The boat was manufactured in the spring of 1953, for the Chris Craft marketing department to tour the boat at summer shows in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. The hull is 33 feet, beam 10 feet six inches, draft of 2 feet 8 inches. Power is provided by twin inboard Marine Power 5.7 gas engines through Velvet Drive transmissions. When originally finished, the hull was in black and the cabin house top was aquamarine. She was featured in the promotional brochures and flyers of 1953/54 marketing season in these colors, speeding at 31 miles per hour. In November of 1953, the boat was shipped to R.E. Olson, a dealer for Chris Craft in the California Delta area. Future owners transported the boat to Huntington Beach where she has been for the last 18 years. She was placed in a building in 1994 for a two-year reconstruction of the structural hull, new mechanical systems and repower, and all new finish materials for a complete refit. The colors were changed to a white hull and camel tan house, also vintage correct in scheme.
Owner: Alan Baron
City: Newport Beach
Boat Name: DRAMBUIE
Length Overall: 36 ft.
Literally West Coast barn find Rybovich. All new technology below decks and true-to form externally. She still has plenty of project in her and just keeps getting better.
1956 Rybovich 36’ Sportfish – Hull #23 – This boat was found in the Pacific Northwest during the Summer of 2015 in a heated warehouse. The boat had been out of the water approximately 5 years, had been re-powered, and had some very nice work done to make her fresh again. Unfortunately, the previous owner fell short of completing the project. We were fortunate enough to stumble upon her and could see through the fact she was incomplete and needed someone with a little ability, and vision, in order to bring her back into pristine condition.
Untouched and indoors until April of this year, we have been working feverishly on her to bring her back to the point we can thoroughly enjoy her this summer.
She still has plenty of project left in her, and has come a very long way in a very short period of time.
Her list of past owners is quite impressive, including the Roebling family, most known for the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Kaiser family, known for steel and health-care institutions.
She was set up to be more of a cruiser, and has some nice amenities, like extra water and heaters throughout the boat. And although not was rich in accommodations as you will find in new boats today, she is very long on style.
We are focused on her true pedigree and very soon she will be in full ‘Sportfish Dress’ and will be a regular on the fishing grounds this season.
Powered by a pair of new Yanmar 6LY3’s rated at 440 hp, and a brand new 6Kw Northern Lights generator makes her 100% current-state below decks while retaining her vintage all frame. Expect to see her running in the front of the pack on any shotgun starts, as she a real sleeper, and much faster than a 1956 wooden boat should be.
Enjoy the ‘work in progress’ and I hope you find her as enchanting as we do.