Industry Mourns Outer Banks Builder Ricky Scarborough Sr.

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North Carolina boatbuilder Ricky Scarborough Sr. died Oct. 2. He was 73.

Scarborough was among a stable of revered of Carolina builders that includes Paul Mann, Randy Ramsey, Sunny Briggs and Buddy Davis.

The 63-foot Game Time was completed in 2018. Photo: Scarborough Boatworks

The 63-foot Game Time was completed in 2018. Photo: Scarborough Boatworks

In the late 1960s and early ’70s, Scarborough worked under legendary charter captain and boatbuilder Omie Tillett, who, with Warren O’Neill, is credited with creating the Carolina-style hull, which features a sharp entry and exaggerated bow flare. It is a trademark of many boats in the Outer Banks area.

The 74-footer Eye Roller is powered by twin 2,400-hp MTU diesels.

The 74-footer Eye Roller is powered by twin 2,400-hp MTU diesels.

Scarborough hung his own shingle in the ’70s, designing and building boats for commercial fishermen, according to a story at He founded Scarborough Boatworks in 1977 and transitioning to sportfishing boats.

His son Ricky Jr. runs Scarborough Boatworks.

Read Scarborough’s obituary here.


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