Historical Summary:

54' 1939 Elco. Owners: 2004 CYA Commodore Peter E. Riess and Dennis G. Ballard. Powered by twin 671's. She was shown at the 1938-39 New York Boat Show.

Riptide's original owner was Howard Johnson, and she was later owned by modster Moe Dalitz and kept on Lake Mead. During the 80's, she was featured on the TV show "Riptide", and was a member of the Southern California Fleet as "Southwind". After the show was canceled she fell into disrepair. She was purchased by the current owners in December 1997, and has undergone extensive restoration. They relocated to the Puget Sound region in 2010.

The sexy sleek "Riptide" at the Old Fashioned Day in the Park event, July 22, 2007.
Head turners Julie Allomong and "Riptide" with proud owner Dennis Ballard at the Old Fashioned Day in the Park event, Marina Del Rey.


Lazy Summer Days on Riptide. Peter De Wolf enjoying a good book in Riptide's shady cockpit.

Riptide moored in the calm of Emerald Bay, Catalina Island.   Riptide in Emerald Bay, Catalina Island for the Commodore's Cruise 20-22 June 2008.

Riptide entering Bell Harbor Marina, June 2012. [Rick Etsell photo]