About the time Pops Rybovich was settling in Palm Beach, Addison Whiticar arrived in Florida to fish commercially in the waters off Stuart — just 40 miles north. As tourists flocked to the area after World War II, wealthy anglers sought the services of Whiticar and his sons Curt, Jack and Johnson. Such were the humble beginnings of the Whiticar charter fishing fleet. Unlike Rybovich, Curt Whiticar created his first 11 boats for his personal use and the family charter business, said John Whiticar, Curt’s son. John Whiticar now runs the yard with his cousin Jim Dragseth. Jim’s father, John Dragseth, helped Curt build the yard and the fleet. “By the early 1950s,” Whiticar said, “our family’s charter customers began commissioning their own boats. Most averaged about 38 feet in length and were very basic compared with what we build today.” These early Whiticars were plank-on-frame construction. Most were powered with gas engines and ran about 18 knots. Whiticar’s most recent builds are state-of-the-art tournament designs with cold-molded hulls and cored fiberglass superstructures. The yard’s last two 76-footers cruised at about 30 knots.