Jeffries Boats

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looking for any info about these boats or the yard they were made in. Pretty sure it was a so cal company. My parents just purchased a 32 sportfisher with V-drives and a very low profile. Seems well designed, but no literature on them that I can find.any help is appreciated.
 
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I think they were done in the marina del Rey area,Glass over plywood,Dale like V drives,thought it was more easy to push the bow down than lift it up.Tom
 
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    Jeffries was technically in Venice, CA. MDR was not even thought of when they started. At some point they moved to San Ysidro - don't know when. Brothers Dale and Dan were the founders in 1937 IIRC. They pretty much pioneered glass over ply building which those who followed (Seaway, Elliot, Drake and more) advanced even further. Jeffries built the first LA Baywatch boat in he early 50s. There are still a few Jeffries around here in Long Beach.
     
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    The first LA County rescue boats were Drakes.
    Built technically in Mar Vista, they were next door to Jeffries yard also in Mar Vista.
    Now known as Marina Adjacent.
    I remember as a kid stealing scrap mahogany ply strips to have camp fires in the wetlands area. HA HA....
     
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    oceanjake

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    Wow thanks for all of the info! To the best of everyone's knowledge were they all glass over ply? This one is a 1976 and looks to be all glass. Built like a tank for sure. Needs a lot of exterior tlc. Mechanically someone actually kept up on it.
     
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    Jeffries was technically in Venice, CA. MDR was not even thought of when they started. At some point they moved to San Ysidro - don't know when. Brothers Dale and Dan were the founders in 1937 IIRC. They pretty much pioneered glass over ply building which those who followed (Seaway, Elliot, Drake and more) advanced even further. Jeffries built the first LA Baywatch boat in he early 50s. There are still a few Jeffries around here in Long Beach.
    while doing research for my memoirs I came across this site. I actually worked at for Dale Jeffries in the mid Fifties at the venice yard. Dale took on a partner and they started to produce the 35' and 44' hulls. Ted Eliott was the foreman for Dale. The company went bankrupt and the hulls under construction were auctioned off. A business man, Fran Weinberg, from Santa Monica purchased the 44' hull and moved it to his factory in Santa Monica. Fran Hired Ted Eliott and Mac McCauley to finish the boat. Upon completion Ted Elliott started to build under his name. His first contract was for Gil Wayne of Newport Beach a 53' hull to be named "Dolly". The first true Eliott was a 62' for Eddie Goldstein to be named Little G. Dale started again building boats on Linclon Blvd Now Marina del rey
    about 1965-66. Dale also built the sportfishing fleet for the Hotel cabo San Lucas in the early days. Dale liked to experiment with engines and the cold molded construction process.
     
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    while doing research for my memoirs I came across this site. I actually worked at for Dale Jeffries in the mid Fifties at the venice yard. Dale took on a partner and they started to produce the 35' and 44' hulls. Ted Eliott was the foreman for Dale. The company went bankrupt and the hulls under construction were auctioned off. A business man, Fran Weinberg, from Santa Monica purchased the 44' hull and moved it to his factory in Santa Monica. Fran Hired Ted Eliott and Mac McCauley to finish the boat. Upon completion Ted Elliott started to build under his name. His first contract was for Gil Wayne of Newport Beach a 53' hull to be named "Dolly". The first true Eliott was a 62' for Eddie Goldstein to be named Little G. Dale started again building boats on Linclon Blvd Now Marina del rey
    about 1965-66. Dale also built the sportfishing fleet for the Hotel cabo San Lucas in the early days. Dale liked to experiment with engines and the cold molded construction process.
    Thx - Great info!

    Please be so kind to post a link to your memoirs when you have them together. Love the local history!
     
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