SeaDucer

1963 22-foot Simmons

Owned by Alex Slaunwhite

 

This boat was built by T.N. Simmons in 1963.  In 1965, my father, Jerry Slaunwhite discussed with Simmons the possibility of building a 22-footer, but with other special orders in production, T.N. couldn't start on a 22 for several months. When this 2-year-old boat went up for sale, Simmons called Jerry, who went to Moorehead City to have a look at it.  Jerry liked what he saw and bought the boat. When I graduated form Arkansas State University in 1991, Jerry handed the boat over to me as a gift for actually making it through college.  When I got the boat, I immediately went to work on her.  I stripped and varnished the transom first.  Then I went about phasing out the green color scheme, except for the bottom.  Mike Hubbard, while working for Nelson Silva, redid the windshield, replacing the plywood side frames with mahogany, and reconditioning the front panels.  Although the color scheme has changed, the layout of the boat, which was built for sportfishing, has stayed the same.  In 2002, the name "SeaDucer" was added.

 

Alex

 

       

Left:  A 1968 photo of my dad, Jerry standing proud with his Simmons Skiff, and his equally rare '66 Rambler

Marlin.  Photo taken sometime in 1966.  Right:  The toddler checking the tire pressure is me.

 

 

       

Left:  New white foredecks, but still with the green interior, windshield frame and hatch cover.  Right:  At the

1994 Simmons Day at Cape Fear Museum.

 

 

       

At Lake Keowee in Upstate SC.

 

 

       

Left:  At the 2002 Simmons Expo.  Right:  Boarded by pirates at the 2004 Charleston Maritime Festival.

 

 

       

Rigged up and ready for a day of fishing.

 

 

In January of 2005, SeaDucer made the cover of

North Carolina Boating Lifestyle Magazine.

 

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