Sidney Newman Darby

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Sidney Newman Darby Jr., was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania back in 1928. He built his first boat when he was 12 but it sank. However, he finished it and made it a home for snakes (don’t like that). When he was 20 he made something that I’m sure everyone will know when I tell you what it is (teaser).

So, later in 1965, he published his design in Popular Science. He did not patent his invention but was paid #36,000.00 for the design. In the 1980’s he designed a one-person sailboat where he did get a patent for, the Darby 8 SS sidestep hull. As far as I can tell it is still in production to this day. he died in 2016, he was 88.

Now for the answer to the teaser, he was the one that invented the sailboard, now they are produced by Bic Sport, they build about 15,000 of them yearly.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray the sailboard is synonymous with the "surf board" family learned to use the surfboard on the Cape...

Aug 29, 2019 03:27 AM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

As usual you brought attention to another inventor who invented something that many enjoy! I have a feeling granddaughter Maggie is going to enjoy learning the fun of a sailboard during her college stay in San Diego!

Aug 29, 2019 04:40 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well, I still don't know what a sailboard is, James... but I gather it's a good thing. A boat for snakes not quite my thing... scared to death of them.

Aug 29, 2019 04:53 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sidney was not one to give up and it paid off! Enjoy your day!

Aug 29, 2019 05:02 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Nothing like large waves and a small sailboat to have fun as there is nobody else on the water!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 29, 2019 05:25 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Great read today. The sailboat is beautiful as well as useful.

Aug 29, 2019 05:28 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - surfboards I have heard but sailboards not so much(as I recall).  Interesting story.  Definitely a tinkerer.  

Aug 29, 2019 05:33 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I learned something new today, and did not know about sailboards.  Wishing you a lovely day.  A

Aug 29, 2019 06:55 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Living on the Florda coast confirms the invention every day.

Aug 29, 2019 06:59 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I don't think I even know what a sailboard is, but I am guessing it is something on a sailboat?

Aug 29, 2019 07:16 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I went in a different direction... I thought it might be a Hobie-Cat. 

Aug 29, 2019 07:58 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I've always wanted to know who invented the sailboard, now I know, James Dray  


Aug 29, 2019 08:13 AM #12
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

have seen many of these but never knew who was the inventor. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 29, 2019 09:21 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - I can really relate to this guy.  I think I built a boat at that age and it sank.  I also loved Popular Science.

Aug 29, 2019 09:52 AM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I found your inventor of the day, Sidney Newmn Darby, Jr. and his love of building sailboats and sailboards very interesting.  I did go to the Internet, James Dray and discovered that he was born in the inventor's zodiac sign.  In addition, he could have learned a little more on the business level, such as patents.

Aug 29, 2019 04:39 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I've seen many of these as well and it's nice to learn the history. 

Aug 29, 2019 05:35 PM #16
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