MAR 10, 2019 - THREE GULF CRAFT PARTY BOATS TOGETHER AT SHELLFISH MARINA: LAST TIME WAS WHEN THEY WERE BEING BUILT IN LOUISIANA

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MAR 10, 2019 - THREE GULF CRAFT PARTY BOATS TOGETHER AT SHELLFISH MARINA: LAST TIME WAS WHEN THEY WERE BEING BUILT IN LOUISIANA

Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:01 pm

Just within the last week an image was posted by Mr. Westerlind of three Gulf Craft built super cruisers docked at Shellfish Marina (aka Charlie Hart's yard), and this caught the attention of many seeing these three extremely well kept party boats together at one time.

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(As posted upon socialized media)


One comment was that this was the group from the incredible 1974 year class of party boats built at Gulf Craft, but one, the Captain Starn IV was delivered slightly after the other two vessels as documented by SHIP BUILDING HISTORY - GULF CRAFT

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Mel from MELS-PLACE & MIKES MARITIME MEMORABILIA then forwarded me this classic picture of the man who ran the shipyard at that time who literally pioneered the aluminum party boat super cruiser era, Scott Tibbs. As he correctly stated:

A nice 45th Reunion photo! Scotty Tibbs would have been thrilled to see this photo of his boats.


So true!

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There is so many behind the scenes stories on who actually drafted the original Gulf Craft layout, as well as who ended up with the first of the 77 foot class. One interesting point brought up by a few of us iswith the extended open pulpit design which did not come from the original Gulf Craft hull layout, but from Depend-A-Craft over a year earlier, and as seen on the BROOKLYN III (later YANKEE CAPTS), SEA FOX (later ANGLER) and a few years after with the Derecktor Shipyard built, HELEN H.

Needless to say that it is a testament to the workmanship done at Gulf Craft during that early era in aluminum party boat shipbuilding that these now four and a half decade old vessels look as good as they did when they were first launched and did their first trial runs along the muddy waters on the Bayou Teche in Louisiana.
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Re: MAR 10, 2019 - THREE GULF CRAFT PARTY BOATS TOGETHER AT SHELLFISH MARINA: LAST TIME WAS WHEN THEY WERE BEING BUILT IN LOUISIANA

Postby nickh » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:05 pm

On a side note, I heard a respectable catch of ling was just made out of that port this weekend.
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