HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! FANTASTIC HISTORY!
BOAT RUNS WELL AND WAS RECENTLY HAULED FOR A BOTTOM INSPECTION AND SOME ROT WAS FOUND IN THE KEEL. THE WATERLINE DOWN IS FIBERGLASS BUT THE HULL SIDES ARE WOOD. THERE IS ALSO SOME ROT ON THE PORT FLYBRIDGE BENCH SEAT AND BEHIND THE AIR CONDITIONING UNIT IN THE CABIN. THE CABIN IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE ENGINES RUN GREAT, ALTHOUGH ONE IS RUNNING A LITTLE WARM.
Originally made by Neptune Boat Works, these boats are regarded as a well kept secret..almost spoken of in religious tones…very, very rare. This boat is one of 13 ever made…
The story behind the built of Rybovich is attached in an article, but the summary is that Hemingway developed a friendship with two young brothers, Pepin and Luis Aizcorbe, at the Hunting Club. He became friends with them and taught them the ways of fishing. Eventually the two brothers became top anglers and owned a variety of boats. With Hemingways approval they were founders of the Hemingway Fishing Tournament held every year.It would attract fisherman like Johnny Rybovich who would organize a fleet of a dozen boats from Florida to make the annual pilgrimage to Havana, and Howard Anderson, a transplanted American who owned a chain of Texaco stations across. One of the gas stations was located across the street for the brothers boathouse where the they had starting building a small wooden 20′ center console. Mr. Anderson would observe the building of the boats, and had an idea for a new powerboat.
Andersons plan was simple as it was underhanded: one night during the Hemingway tournament, they would haul a Rybovich and copy the lines inch for inch, nail for nail. On the night of the foray they had a partner take the skipper of one of the boats to Tropicana Night Club and feed him with rum. Meanwhile the boat was hauled and its lines were transferred to plywood forms. Then the Rybovich was returned to its slip, no one the wiser.Pepin wanted to revamp the lines but Anderson would not have it, he wanted a Rybovich lookalike without the pedigree.
In September 1958, John Rybovich went to Havana for some fall Marlin Fishing and his friend took him to the Aizcorbes boathouse. When the doors opened there sat what appeared to be one of his hulls 3/4 finished. He was angry and disappointed after fishing with them, working closely to make their Hemingway tournament a success, this was how they repaid him?
From the standpoint of trying to achieve an objective, the boat was a huge success. Orders poured in from other Americans, however for the brothers, this was only a hobby. They were now successful land developers and didn’t want to be preoccupied with building boats. They founded Neptun