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Rybovich boats Miss Chevy II and Miss Chevy IV, sport fishing boats

These are the boats that set the path for all sport fishing boats. They and others are the subject of Pat Rybovich’s new book.

Miss Chevy II was custom built to order without an owner’s specific directive as to length, beam, accommodations, or speed requirements. He just wanted a bill fishing boat, One for tournament fishing for white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, and sailfish  Miss Chevy II was built for Charlie Johnson who ran the chevorlet auto dealership in Palm Beach, FL She was hull #1. Put in the water (launched) in 1947.What made her different? 1) She was designed from the cockpit forward, not from the desired cabin amenities out. That cockpit had: 2) a much better designed and hard  installed cockpit fighting chair from her boat builder; 3) a good gin pole.. and beauty with speed. Her hull was white painted cedar carvel planked and her deckhouse was bright-finished with mahogany. Twin big block Chrysler V-8 engines pushed up the speed. She was 34’ long and was said to cost $35,000.

carvel planked wood boat fishing boat

Miss Chevy II

Miss Chevy IV built in 1952, for the same owner. She was hull number 8 built at the Rybovich boat yard since 1947. This is the boat that established the Rybovich broken sheer. A transom under coming tuna door large enoughfor a 1,00 lb fish replaced the gin pole. Also, aluminum replaced bamboo for the outriggers and an aluminum tuna tower came with the boat. She was also 34’ LOA.

rbovich boat yard Miss Chevy IV wood boat photo image

Miss Chevy IV

This is just one facet of the Rybovich yard legendary history covered in the Pat Rybovich new book on boats. Seabuddy thanks her for these photos.

Miss Chevy II plus Miss Chevy IV in one photo

The two Rybovich sport fish boats together

The book is expensive and it either comes with free shipping or quick shipping for $65 (it is a big, heavy book). More about the book here…

tuna fish door in transom Miss Chevy IV rubovich wood boat yard

under coming transom tuna door on Miss Chevy IV

Rybovich Yacht Sweeps Awards (garnering The Triple Crown for Classic Boats)

Triple Award Winner - Rybovich yacht - Sam V

On June 20, 2010, Bob and Betsy’s Sam V won three Classic Boat Show top awards including “Best of Show – Preserved”.

Rybovich yacht - Sam V

SAM V has been owned by Bob and Betsy of Palm Beach Gardens, FL since 2000. They are primary members of the Sunnyland Chapter – ACBS and new secondary members of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter – ACBS.

Sam V at the St Michaels Maritime museum bulkhead

“Sam V was built in 1964 by Rybovich and Sons in West Palm Beach, Florida as the FRISKY LADY.  Hull number 58 (out of 126 rybovich boats to date), she was the third to last of the classic “Dayboats,” without a bulkhead separating the cockpit from the deckhouse. From 1965 on all Rybovich boats had bulkheads and were 40′ to 50′ plus. This boat measures 37 feet, with a 12 foot beam and draws 3.5 feet. She has no keel which makes her particularly maneuverable when fishing. This design is truly the precursor upon which all modern sportfishermen in America are based.  She was specifically designed for sailfishing off of Florida, tuna fishing in the Bahamas and marlin/tuna fishing in the Northeast US.

Each Rybovich is custom built to meet the owners preferences. For example, the first owner had the cabin painted in a light washed finish, so all the trim below was made of ash instead of the traditional mahogany. Of note however, the fighting chair, the transom door and outriggers are just as original.  Originally outfitted with V-8 gas engines, she has had Cummins diesel engines for the last 30 years and cruises at 20 knots and goes 27 knots wide open.”

Show Winner, Antique and Classic Boat Show

Crowd Stopper Show Boat

Sam V homeports in Fl while the Classic Boat Show is in St Michaels, MD