​​​Enriching the lives of Disabled Veterans and 
combat-wounded warriors with fishing adventures aboard the Cricket II


Cricket II

Restoration & Preservation Project, Inc.

Honored to partner with Disabled American Veterans and Wounded Warriors Battalion East, Cherry Point

ABOVE LEFT  In June 2005, Captain DiBella and the Cricket II sailed north to Montauk to be prominently featured in the 30th Anniversary of the movie JAWS.  During a celebration tournament at the Star Island Yacht Club, the boat placed second with this 344 pound thresher shark.  Many of her former customers visited and went fishing again.  RIGHT  Eastern North Carolina veterans return from a day of fishing aboard the Cricket II.

A-1 Sign Shop

Helen Aiken

American Legion Unit 46 (Morehead City)

Butch & Linda Anderson

Azek Decking

Jim & Jennifer Baer

Barbour Marine Supply

Blue Water Supply

​Mike & Terri Boulia

​General Tom Braaten (USMC ret)

Robert Cichocki

​Elizabeth City Hero Operations

Tony Cortina & Linda Kimbell

Fairfield Harbour Fishing Club

Adrienne Garmus

Holy Mackerel Fishing Club

​John's Canvas Shop

Richard Lasken

Guy C. Lee

Lowe's of New Bern

Tom & Rita MacIndoe

Anthony Manzi

Paul & Cindy McCurry

Chris & Tippi Monteleon

Captain Patricia Mundus

Navy League

​James Post

Safrit's Building Supply

James Shiminski

Bill & Denise Staton

Kenny Styron - Rebuilt Power!

Town Pawn Buy & Sell

Terry Turbeville

Whitley Truck & Salvage, LLC

Alva Windham


Save the merchant fees charged for online transactions and send your donation directly!  A receipt will be sent by USPS. Make payable to

Cricket II Project, 295 Johnson Point Road, 

New Bern, NC  28560.

Thank you!

P r o j e c t   P a r t n e r s

Special thanks to Jon Dodd (Wakefield, RI) for his donation of the vessel Cricket II.

Captain DiBella described one of the trips with several young veterans with PTSD. "Before my eyes, I watched a quiet group of men, who got on the boat timid and cautious, become open and engaged, joking that they were now experts at fishing for speckled trout. When the day ended and we headed in, I invited my “expert fishermen” to come up and drive the boat. The smiles on these heroes’ faces when we arrived back at the dock were beyond explanation. It was as if they had a new perspective on life. These experiences have the potential to change people's lives."

Will you join others to provide fishing adventures 

for disabled veterans and our wounded warriors? 

Send Veterans Fishing!

Captain Joseph DiBella

252-725-4277 or cricket2@reagan.com


The Cricket II has been restored and preserved for the sole purpose of taking disabled veterans and combat- wounded warriors fishing.  Her cockpit is 22' wide to easily accommodate wheelchairs.  Other modifications have been made to assure a comfortable and safe fishing adventure for our military heroes.   Our port of call for the 2016 fishing season is Morehead City Yacht Basin.   MAP IT

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