On September 12, 2021, an old, neglected Rybovich cold-molded sportsfisher officially started on the road to rebirth, as she was loaded onto a freighter for the trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Port Townsend, Washington. We're glad you're joining us, virtually, on what we know will be a challenging--but hopefully also rewarding--adventure. Here we go!
The discovery of Lone Eagle
After several years of fruitless searching for a boat in the Pacific Northwest, we discovered Lone Eagle II on Yachtworld. It was in very sad shape but we loved the lines and the layout of the sportsfisher. Some research into the Rybovich boat building legacy made us even more interested. Since we own SEA Marine in Port Townsend, and we could get it for a "bargain basement" price, we figured, "Why not?" (Even after one broker told us he wouldn't take it if it was given to him.)
For more on the history: Rybovich
Lone Eagle II was originally Little Pete, hull #65, built in 1967 for CBS News producer Paul Levitan. Over the next 50+ years, it had five more owners and eventually wound up in a state of disrepair at a Florida marina. Pat visited twice, first to asses "what we got ourselves into," then, just last week, to get her to the ship which is currently headed toward the Panama Canal en route to Victoria.
What we got ourselves into
Though we know the answer to that question will continue to evolve, what Pat discovered was significant hull damage, water damage to exterior cabinetry, need for replacement of all systems, but a great layout, beautiful interior woodwork and solid engines. We're excited and we'll keep you posted on the progress!