Jack Cole, Skipjack boats, passed away on February 23, 2018. We join the entire Skipjack family, including Irene and his two sons, Jack, Jr. and Jeff Cole, in honoring this legend and his contribution to boating during his lifetime.
A close friend and fellow Tuna Club member, Carl Lund, who has also passed away, introduced me to Jack Cole in Avalon in the mid-seventies. By that time, Cole had established himself as one of a select few successful boat designers with his “Skipjack” boats.
After that introduction, Cole and I discovered that we shared common interests in many things, including but not limited to boating. Our paths crossed often as we both had homes away from home in Buena Vista, BCS, where we were neighbors. Of course, the fishing brought us even closer as we fished both Baja and Southern California where once again, our paths crossed.
By that time, Skipjack had grown to its peak. Cole was operating out of a 48,000-square foot office and production facility which accommodated more boats at different stages of construction. Even with a workforce approaching 50, Skipjack was unable keep up with the demand.
His enthusiasm in life was refreshing. Like other boat builders I have known, he was always certain his next boat would be his best; that remained a constant until the day he died.
I will never forget that twinkle in his eye as he unrolled a blueprint while proclaiming, “You gotta’ see this new boat I’m working on. It’s fantastic!”
His “Skipjack” brand is a remarkable legacy to a man who truly loved boating. Jack Cole will be missed.
His Memorial will be held on May 5, 2018. Further information will be posted when available