Capt. Karl Anderson

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  1. Ned Lloyd says:

    I found your “boat builders of south Jersey” very interesting, and might have filled in some missing information for me. My passion are the lapstrake boats of the Jersey shore; pound boats, the “Jersey sea skiff”, the speed skiffs, surf boats and all the lapstrake types as well as their builders. You might check out a thread I have on the topic here

    I know Carl Adams built some lapstrake boats, do you know about any other builders you listed?

    1. Your thread is great. I have been to Petersen’s shop and talked with his sons. He built neat boats for sure. I too like the pound boats, my grandfather owned the Crest Fishery on Long Beach Island and I have a scale model of a pound boat. I am a fan of the south Jersey builders having worked for the Leeks I learned much. The Van Sants of AC Boatworks built some lapstrake boats for sure.

      1. frank castelli says:

        Karl……….Tony Cotov had a pot boat built in Keyport…….The Tonka…….It was stored in the big beach haven garage…..It was clinker built by what builder?? Could talka bout builders How About the a first raised deck boat I dont type 13023330573 Met you in Merrittsin Pompano…

        1. Hi Frank! Yes, the Cotov potboat was built by Hans Pedersen in Keyport who built many pot boats and plenty of other styles as well, including head boats, sportfish and skiffs. Come by the yard, would love to catch up.

  2. David peterson says:

    My name is David Peterson. My father was Carl. He was not German. He was Swedish

    1. Thank you for the information. I’ll make sure it is corrected. Are you still in the area?

  3. Bill kunik says:

    Thanks Karl, Great history lesson. Bull

  4. John Schneller says:

    I owned a Clayton Skiff, 26 foot, built about 1950s in Toms River. Best boat I ever owned! Got it in Sag Harbor and ran it on the Great South Bay around 1980. I don’t think many survive, sorry I sold it but OLD wood and a couple of kids was a bit too much. Anyone know anything about this builder?

    1. Neat! Toms River and the surrounding area had many a great builder. The boat building heritage of New Jersey is a long and illustrious story, sad to say most of those builders and memories are swirling around in the tides of time now… but their legacy lives on in their beautiful designs.

  5. David Brown says:

    Should have mentioned the Thompson 29′ and 32′ lap strake boats built at Thompson Boat works on the Great EggHarbor River. Now known as Thompson Marine.

    1. Thanks for reading! I know of the Thompson Boat Works, but this article was based around those builders that had an impact on offshore fishing and influenced that vein of boatbuilding. Thanks again for the input and for checking out our story.

    2. I know of them, however, the context of the article was dealing with builders that had an influence in offshore sportfishing, and Thompson did not have that impact based on our criteria for the article. Thanks!

  6. Scott OBrien says:

    Karl, thanks for a great article, I recently met a descendant of Carl Adams and had a short conversation with him that was very informative because I never heard of Modern Boat Works before. I grew up fishing Great Bay with my father who owned a 24″ Jersey Skiff and spent countless hours scraping, caulking and painting every spring. I remember following the “Blue Boats” from Oyster Creek because they knew where the fish were. I really appreciate the info because I love the NJ boat building history and I’ve been already been reading more because of your article. I believe we went to Southern at the same time, I graduated in ’81 from Pinelands.

    1. That’s neat Scott! Great heritage in S Jersey. There were many more builders but the article was geared towards those had an influence in offshore sportfishing. Yes we did go to school at the same time, I graduated from the Manahawkin Institute of Technology in ‘81 as well!

  7. Michael Schultz says:

    John Trumpy was a Naval Architect for Mathis Boats not Matthews Boats as they were built in Port Clinton, Ohio. My dad worked there for over 20 years.

  8. robert garafano says:

    Thank you Karl for your article. I was privileged to own a 40′ Carl Adams sport fisherman that sailed out of Beach Haven yacht club, two Pacemaker Wahoo\s I also had the privilege to meet Adam Price and his Southwind when he was still doing charters. IThe fellow I bought the Carl Adams boat from bought an AdasPrice designed charter boat built by Milt Salmon. Very interesting article Thank You

    Capt. Bob Garafano

  9. John Freeman says:

    Very much enjoyed your brief historical text on jersey boat builders. How about Zubacis and Bayheads

    I have a Clayton Speed skiff, a 16 foot race boat. I would like sources and references from any or all parties with historical info. I also have an unlimited speed Garvey and a Barnegat Bay sneak box with either a gaff rig or a lug rig. Also two Zito plane race boats built in Egg Harbor city

    Look forward to your feedback, John

    1. Hi John,

      Thanks for the message. The article focused on the South Jersey guys that had an impact in the early offshore fishery. Clearly the head of the Barnegat Bay builders had a huge impact in many of the local craft used in the bay and offshore. The race garvey’s are a neat deal for sure, I have been to those races since the mid-60’s and I also have a sneakbox the is a gunning boat, not rigged for sail. I did sail a 12-footer as a kid with a gaff rig and enjoyed how it sailed and raced very much. Been good many boats come out of Egg Harbor City!

  10. I read all about the various mentioned boats and am famiiar with all.of them. However I am disappointed that Jersey boat works were not mentioned. As I write this I am in the salon of my 36 ft. Jersey sportfishi g boat. Mine was one of the last 2 ever built in 1992. Jersey boats never had drain plugs in the hull and for the 20 years i have had this boat i have been unable to find out the thickness on the bottom to install a winter drain plug. I dont want to drill a hole and be sorry. Hope you can help me.

    1. Hi Mr. Warren,

      Jersey was a prolific builder, there is no doubt about it. However Mr. McCarthy came along after the time period that is article was written about. Clearly, he had a big impact on the Jersey boatbuilding scene of the 1970’s thru the 1980’s.

      As far as your hull thickness, you can be sure it is thick. If you ever have to remove a thru-hull, you will be able to determine the thickness. Have you thought of covering your cockpit hatches during the winter so water does not drain into the bilge?

  11. christine mulholland says:

    Good Day, I was just watching the Perfect Storm, and was thinking of my family, My Grand father was Nelson Van Sant, (on my mothers side ) I dont know very much about him. Except he was a boat builder in A.C. he passed away fairly young my mothers was only 2 years old when he passed. we have no pictures of him, that is literally all i know. All my family from the Van Sant side has passed away and I’m left with A love of the sea..and very little family history ! My Fathers side were Ford’s and we come from a long line of Life guards in A.C also. Thank you very much for this tidbit of info on the Van Sant’s perhaps i can reference on this article on my search. Have a Wonderful and safe 4th of July .

    1. Hi Christine! Thanks so much for reaching out. The Van Sant’s are basically the first family of boat building in S. Jersey. From their shop many great builders got their start. I have a bit more info on them I’d be happy to share.
      Have a happy and safe fourth! God Bless America!

  12. Sean says:

    I am looking for wooden boat builders in southern New Jersey, how does one locate these people please

    Are there any ‘schools’ with work in progress

    1. Hi Sean, I’m unaware of any current boat building schools in South Jersey but there are a couple really good ones in New England.

      1. James Nobel says:

        For Sean
        Not much wooden boatbuilding going on these days, but consider a visit to Tuckerton Seaport. They usually have a couple of guys in a shed building sneakboxes and garveys. It’s worth the trip just to smell the freshly planed cedar!

        And thanks to you Karl for posting my remarks. I’ll try to hook up with you this week while you’re on the island. Feel free to call
        Jim Nobel
        Ship Bottom, N.J.

  13. James Nobel says:

    Hello Karl
    I just came across your column and thoroughly enjoyed a trip down memory lane.
    As a 75 yr old LBI native, it struck many chords from my own past.
    As a lad, I spent may happy hours hanging around Jim Priestley’s [Morrison’s] marina in the days when Miraami and Henrietta were local fixtures. I recall Jim buying the last unfinished wooden hull from Russel Post to finish for his own use. Having worked at the Trumpy yard in Annapolis, he was well qualified.
    Not much social life on LBI in those days and not many babysitters. So, on Saturday nites, my parents and friends would meet at the Beach Haven Yacht Club to hear [the owner] Freddy Herman play the organ. His boat, the “Fiddlesticks’ shared the dock with Capt. Freddie Fuse’s “Fusebox” [a Chrisovich] and at least one “Southwinds”. I later got a job working on a beautiful black hulled 37′ Egg. The Eggs and Pacemakers were soft chined boats with steamed oak ribs and cedar planking. They were known for buckling the chine planks when a rib failed. A common repair was to “sister” the ribs, or [better], remove the gunnels and slide new ribs in place.
    In my twenties, my first free boat was a 30″ “Sundquist” cabin cruiser. He was known for building some of the pound boats, and it was built with 1″ thick mahogany lapstrakes from keel to sheerstrake. With Charlie Strickland’s guidance, I learned to re-plank the transom and canvas the decks. Years later as a homebuilder, I was asked to modify the curved mahogany bar in the Port Hole Cafe. …Turns out the original was built in 1938 by Sundquist! Hence, the curve and striped glass rail.
    Later in life, I had the good fortune to own a fiberglass 40 Egg with diesels, that never let me down on many trips to Florida.
    Around that time, I had a lady friend named “Mathis” whose mom was Adam Price’s daughter. The family still owned Mr. Price’s original shop on Rt 9 in Parkertown, but she took me to meet her grandfather at his “new” shop about a block west. He was working alone on a 40′ hull that was probably his last “Southwinds”. It was turned upright with the shear planks wedged against the block walls. Not a production boat! We had a pleasant conversation, but he kept working the whole time.
    I guess it stays in the blood, because my son has had a twenty year career with Viking.
    That’s some of my story.
    Thanks for sharing yours.
    Jim Nobel
    Ship Bottom, N.J.

    1. Hi Jim! Outstanding. Thanks so much for reaching out. Would love to get together and pick your brain some more. I’m in Beach Haven for the week. 772-215-3108.

  14. Russell vought says:

    My 4x Grandfather was John VanSant

    1. Wow! That is incredible. Such history from the first family of boatbuilding in S. Jersey. Would love to talk with you about your family history if you are available sometime. Thanks for reaching out!

  15. Beth Brierley says:

    I am related to the VanSants you mention in your article. I am looking for photos and blueprints of boats they have built. Any resources you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  16. Lorie says:

    I just stumbled on to this site. My Dad worked for Pacemaker (Leeks) and my Grandfather worked for Egg Harbor Boat. If my Dad had to check on things over the weekend, he would take me along. It was always fun. All of the guys would call me boss. (OK guys Henry has the boss today). It was fun which was strange because I hated boats: Big, little and anything in-between. Leeks laid him off and he worked for Viking for a short time and finally got a job with Post and that would be his last job.
    Just wanted to share how much fun I had those weekends I would go to work with him.🛥️🚤⚓

  17. John says:

    I just acquired a 1980’s Hankins skiff lifeguard boat I want to make seaworthy to row in the lakes or rivers. not necessarily to restore to pristine condition for lack of money. Any reccomendations

      1. John Glenn says:

        I live in Ocean Township, Monmouth County. I am willing to drive within a 50 mile or so radius. Thanks for responding.


        1. Check out deRouville’s Boat yard in Bayville on the Tom’s River. They restore wooden boats.

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