ME-53

Peter Philips summered on China Lake, Maine as a child. His cousins Sherman and Ray Kelsey owned this Jacoby Class step hydroplane (9' x 46"), which Peter has recently rebuilt. Named ME-53, she was relaunched in June 2004 after 6 years of restoration work. He replaced the carlins, decking, sides, aft keel, and one knee as well as sistering six frames. He writes "This is a rare boat that was thought to be cottage raced before and immediately after WW2. Step hydroplanes were obsolete by the end of the war and few survive. ME-53 has provided untold enjoyment to several generations of eager kids; I was once one of them." Contact Peter as pkphilips@comcast.net.

Design Specs

LOA:
9′ 
0″
Beam:
3′ 
10″
Designer Name: 
unknown
Type/Rig/Power: 
"Jacoby Class"Hydroplane
Builder Name: 
Peter K. Philips
Home Port: 
China Lake, China, ME
Launching Date: 
June 08, 2004