Any pics of a Jim Beal?

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Hey guys, I saw a beautiful working lobster boat this morning. Real nice
lines to it. I got a little info on it. It's a 86 hull and was built by Jim beal
at beal boatworks. Jim doesn't have a website, and I haven't been able to find
much info or pictures of other boats designed by Jim.
I found a picture of uptown girl which is owned by Jim, and
one other of a boat for sale but it's rigged up lefty and has been online for a long time now. Anybody have any more info or pictures??

Joe
 

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Hmmm.... No pictures guys? I wonder how many boats Jim made?
Such beautiful lines and I can't find much info at all. I've only been able to find one picture and the picture is of Jims personal boat. Does any of you know anybody that owns one of his boats?
 

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check you tube.The evolution of the lobsterboat.Might be some info there..

Hurdy, I checked out that YouTube video. It was a good one,
and very informative. Some of those old wooden boats had some real nice shapes. I loved the Clinton beal boats. Jim Beal was mention but that was about it. I didn't know Jim works with don Crowley and that's where the Crowley Beal comes from. Thanks.
 

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Here's a few. I've been aboard Bill Grant's 33 ('Gladiator'). Had a 287 hp Volvo (the operative word here is "had"). Silly fast! If you slapped the throttle from any rpm, everyone had better be holding on! Her ability to accelerate would shock most people when they learned that she was diesel powered.
 

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Here's a few. I've been aboard Bill Grant's 33 ('Gladiator'). Had a 287 hp Volvo (the operative word here is "had"). Silly fast! If you slapped the throttle from any rpm, everyone had better be holding on! Her ability to accelerate would shock most people when they learned that she was diesel powered.

Downeaster, thanks! Maybe you can answer me on this... Are the "Jim Beal" hulls of the late 80's the same hull design as the Gladiator and today's crowley/Beal hulls? Maybe that's why I've had a difficult time finding info??
I've tried calling Jim at the shop and on the cell phone number he left on the shops answering machine but no luck yet actually getting in touch with him. He left his home number to but I'm not going to bother the man while he is at home. From what I've been told, Jim is hard to get in touch with. He's a busy guy. Thanks again.
 

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Downeaster, thanks! Maybe you can answer me on this... Are the "Jim Beal" hulls of the late 80's the same hull design as the Gladiator and today's crowley/Beal hulls? Maybe that's why I've had a difficult time finding info??
I've tried calling Jim at the shop and on the cell phone number he left on the shops answering machine but no luck yet actually getting in touch with him. He left his home number to but I'm not going to bother the man while he is at home. From what I've been told, Jim is hard to get in touch with. He's a busy guy. Thanks again.

I'm not aware of any changes to the 28 or the 33 (I hasten to point out that I'm not the final word on this). The same applies to the 36 but the caveat is a bit stronger).

I can reach Jim at the shop at about 7:30 in the morning and a bit before 5:00 in the afternoon. I've had good luck reaching him on the weekends too. I've not known Jim to carry a cell phone or a wireless while he's working. If you'd like, PM me and I'll give you the phone number that I have.

Jim builds a great design and he has a perpetual smile and, after five minutes, you'll feel like you've known him for years. Incidentally, no relation to the Beal's of Beal's (never liked the CG's rationale for calling it "Beals").
 

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I'm not aware of any changes to the 28 or the 33 (I hasten to point out that I'm not the final word on this). The same applies to the 36 but the caveat is a bit stronger).

I can reach Jim at the shop at about 7:30 in the morning and a bit before 5:00 in the afternoon. I've had good luck reaching him on the weekends too. I've not known Jim to carry a cell phone or a wireless while he's working. If you'd like, PM me and I'll give you the phone number that I have.

Jim builds a great design and he has a perpetual smile and, after five minutes, you'll feel like you've known him for years. Incidentally, no relation to the Beal's of Beal's (never liked the CG's rationale for calling it "Beals").


Downeaster, PM sent! Thank you. Also I meant to ask you..
The boat that I saw that made me start this thread was a 31'.
When I googled "Jim Beal boat" a picture of a old for sale add
came up. The boat that was in the add was a 1986, the same year as
the boat I saw the other day. If I'm right, Crowley Beal does not make a 31??
I'm wondering if it was a old style that Jim doesn't build anymore? I've also been told that west bay is the same as Jim Beal, so now I'm really confused!
I'm typing this from my phone right now because I'm not home or I would send you the photo of the old for sale add for you to look at and you could tell me what you think. If you googled it yourself, it's a old add through midcoast yacht. The boat was in tenants harbor and the picture showed the port side of the boat tied up to a dock. The boat was set up lefty:roll:, and I believe it was white with blue trim. To my eyes it has a different look than the Crowley Beal?
 

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Well I did a little more homework on this and I think I got my answer. I looked at west bays website. They make a 31 and it looks just like the boat I saw the other day. I also read on a different website that west bay now has the mold to Jim Beals old 31... I don't know much about west bay, never really heard of them till now but their boats look nice.
 

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Crap! I mixed up the Repco thread with the Jim Beal thread. Sorry about the goose chase.
 

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There is an older Jim Beal boat in my neck of the woods, though. I think its a pretty good running rig, although pretty rolly. Small 31 by todays standard. Sorry again about the Repco mixup
 

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There is an older Jim Beal boat in my neck of the woods, though. I think its a pretty good running rig, although pretty rolly. Small 31 by todays standard. Sorry again about the Repco mixup

No problem hntrss! I think that design is a small 31 as well. It does have nice lines to it though.
 

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Beal Boats, yep the new "Uptown Girl" sure is a looker, so much so that I had to pull my truck over to take some pictures of her. Here they are.

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Joep,The old 31 Jim Beal was sold to west bay boat co...That boat was not designed by Jim Beal.....but Richard Alley i believe...like glen said thats a rollie girl..it is nothing like his new boats like uptown girl and gladiator
 

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woundup,i know what you mean about there look...i think is the way the windshield wraps around with the nice visor
 
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