Locals lament classic sportfisherman

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For more than two decades, one boat always was the first to be identified off Virginia Beach, Va. Its bright-red hull made that easy.

The 38-foot 1982 Bill Holton sportfisher was custom built and painted for Dr. James C. Wright, an eye surgeon who used fishing to get away from the often-grueling task of helping people see better.

He named it Therapy.

Jim Wright left his mark on southeastern Virginia fishing in so many ways - a TV show with more than 150 episodes, seminars and gifts to local fishing clubs, and the start of the "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" program for children, to name a few.

But it likely was his big red boat that most people remember - the boat that hasn't been seen on local waterways since the doctor's death in 2006.

A report in The Virginia Pilot laments the loss of the beautiful boat as it’s readied for a new home port in Manteo, N.C.