1958 Cubavich 37′ Rybovich Dayboat Coral Gables/ Miami, FL
Posted on October 1, 2017 / 57
1958 Cubavich 37′ Rybovich Dayboat
Price : $39,900
Builder | Manufacturer : Cubavich
Condition : Used
Year : 1958
Length : 37ft
Model : 37' Rybovich Dayboat
Hull Material : Wood
Fuel Type : Diesel
Engine/s : Twin Inboard
Engine Make : John Deer
Max Speed : 21 kn
Cruising Speed : 17 kn
LOA : 37'
Beam : 12
Max Draft : 3
Fuel Capacity : 350
Cabin Headroom : 6
1958 Cubavich 37′ Rybovich Dayboat

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Originally made by Neptune Boat Works, these boats are regarded as a well kept secret..almost spoken of in religious tones…very, very rare.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

Brokers Comments

The boat needs a little exterior work but definitely is not in need of a complete refit. The engines run well and we have had a mecanic go through them and she is fully operational.  The generator works well and the A/C in the cabin areas blows cold. The wiring throughout the boat has been updated with an updated electrical panel.  The entire interior is very nice, it has been updated and the woodwork is beautiful.  The exterior needs a few spots on the flybridge repaired and the hull needs so paint touch ups or possibly repainted. The now needs to be painted/ nonskid as well.  Her bottom needs to be painted, the zincs were recently changed, we have a diver clean the bottom every month.

The current owner got the boat in court from her ex- husband. She agreed we needed to put money on to make sure she would run properly, she doesnt want to put anymore money into the boat. The title was transferred properly and is clean. Because the current owner knows nothing about the boat, and it is a custom boat, I don’t have the answers to many of the common questions on specs. The fuel tank has defiantly been replaced. It looks in great condition but I don’t know the capacity. I think the John Deer’s are 235 hp, there is a manual on the boat that cover a couple model numbers but I don’t know which one. I assume her draft is about 3′, but I don’t know for sure and don’t know her beam.  

History & Construction

From the keel up, the forth boat built by Neptune was destined to be something special.  The Aizcorbes brothers (Neptune boat company owners) had just purchased a dilapidated estate on the fringe of Havana as a site for a new apartment house.  The stable on the property, two centuries old was solid Cuban mahogany.  When it was torn down, Pepin asked the workmen to save a 38-foot long beam that he had discovered.  One day soon it would serve as Luranita’s keelson and set the standard for the rest of her.

She was built of mahogany, then sheathed to the water line with epoxy fiberglass,  Every instrument at her three helm stations was recessed and sealed.  Each bit of metal work, from the hatch moldings to the instrument panel trim, was one-piece seamless stainless steel.  Her tank were Monel.  All of her teak appointments were fastened from underneath so that no plugs would be visible.

“Luranita” took 15 months and 11,500 man-hours to build.  She was created with the pride of workmanship that had all but disappeared on lesser craft.  Pepin would reflect nearly two decades later, “It wasn’t a matter of dollars to my men.  It was a matter of patting them on the back and telling them they had done a good job.”

By the 15th day of May in 1960, “Luranita” was sitting securely in Richard Bertram’s yacht yard in Miami, FL.  In anticipation of the day when the storm clouds over would burst, Pepin had taken her to Florida the year before.

Shortly after, since the Neptune Boat Company was shutting its doors, Dick Bertram brought over Pepin’s top talent to help him build the 31- foot racer in his yacht repair yard in Miami.

“Luranita” would be sold a year later to Mr. Procter of Procter and Gamble.”

According to the article in Rudder magazine 1978,  she was eventually destroyed by young vandals at her slip on Long Island, but it has been confirmed by the owner that she is indeed “Luranita”.  I don’t know the specifics of when she was brought back to life…

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