The yacht, Ida May (ex-Ida M., Ruth L. and Nada III) is a 1926 Sport fish which has been totally restored to original. It was once owned by Stan Laurel of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team, amongst other wealthy and famous Americans of a bygone era. It is considered one of the oldest and fastest sport fishers reaching speeds in excess of 35 knots. The yacht was triple planked at a time when most boats were single or double planked.
This boat a very rare example of how America's wealthiest men spent their social hours. A multitude of celebrities and dignitaries have honored her decks: President Hoover, Mae West, Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin, Joe Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, Orson Wells, Babe Ruth, Zane Gray, and Howard Hughes, amongst many others. This is a one of a kind vessel with no expense spared in materials and craftsmanship. She was considered the most expensive built sport fisher yacht in 1926. The Ida May is an important piece of maritime and sport fishing history and was nominated as a "Vessel of Historic Interest" by the State of California and also listed in The National Park Service, Department of Interior as a "Historic Ship to Visit".
She is rich in Sport Fishing History and is now available for the first time in over a decade.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. Buyer should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht, and should instruct his agents, or his surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.
Bill is a resident of South Beach in San Francisco. He has been racing sailboats competitively and cruising blue waters most of his life. He is an active member of the South Beach Yacht Club, where he is currently Staff Commodore, and also a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club. He is a licensed USCG Captain, US Sailing Club Race Officer and has a comprehensive working knowledge of both powerboats and sailboats.