Marine Industry Mourns Outer Banks Builder Ricky Scarborough Sr.
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.
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.
Scarborough hung his own shingle in the ’70s, designing and building boats for commercial fishermen, according to a story at OBXtoday.com. He founded Scarborough Boatworks in 1977 and transitioning to sportfishing boats.
His son Ricky Jr. runs Scarborough Boatworks.