June 1, 2009

James 'Jim' C. Sculley 1941 - 2009

Jim Sculley, founder of Sculley Boatbuilders, passed away unexpectedly on June 1, 2009. His presence will be keenly missed within the sportfishing community. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Ingrid Sculley, son, James G. Sculley, daughter, Ingrid Diane Sculley, and grandson, James Crespo. Born in Newport Beach, California on May 30, 1941, he was residing in Ft. Myers, Florida but with lasting ties to Virginia Beach and Wanchese on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Native to southern California, he grew up fishing alongside his father on their commercial boat. It was there he had his first encounters with the new sportfish boats and as a kid he dreamed that someday, maybe he can have one of those. After much success in the restaurant business, he was in Hilton Head, SC he befriended and fished with Virginia Beach native Captain Earl Richardson. It was this friendship that brought Jim to Virginia Beach to purchase Fisherman’s Wharf Marina and the Riverhouse Restaurant on Rudee Inlet in 1990. Jim quickly became a fixture in the local offshore fishing community and quietly made a deep and lasting impression on many. During his years at the marina, he owned and operated a variety of sportfish, garnering a broad knowledge and experience of the best and the worst the industry had to offer. Taking that a few steps further, he started Sculley Boatbuilders in 1999, integrating his years of offshore experience with a vision of the best attributes of production and custom builds combined. Thanks to his vision, ten years later Sculley Boatbuilders continues to produce one of the finest sportfishing yachts on the water. Jim’s passion was tournament fishing, and he was at the helm whether it was a low-key home tournament or the ESPN2 Xtreme Release Billfishing Series. In addition to top honors in the 2004 Xtreme Release Series, Team Sculley won and placed in several other East Coast tournaments over the years. But a day offshore, fishing with Sculley was a treat regardless, and always memorable. He will be remembered for it all and missed deeply.

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