Joe Egeberg of Daytona Beach, FL, popularized the style of wooden skiff with his brother after they bought a boat business near Chesapeake Bay in the 1970s and 1980s. He figures they built between 400 and 500 for commercial and recreational use. Since moving to Florida in 1984, he’s only built five or six. But a recent festival sponsored by the Holly Hill Historic Preservation Society inspired a group of volunteers to build one during the festival and bring attention to the Maritime Museum.
We checked back in Seth Vernon to find out where he is with his Beavertail B2 renovation. The latest updates include a lot of sanding, laying down some Awlgrip Primer, a lively debate about what new deck color should be chosen, a visit to a local fabrication shop for a custom poling platform, a few modifications to the trailer while the primer dries, some coxcombing on the steering wheel and finally back to the sanding to get ready for Awlgrip non-skid. You can check out a little more of Seth’s renovation on his blog.
Seth Vernon, an excellent Wilmington NC guide walks us through part 1 of his Beavertail B2 skiff renovation - stripping the boat of all the current hardware, SeaDek, sanding the non-skid off and prepping the deck and cockpit for AwlGrip paint and new non-skid. We’ll check back in next week and see what he’s up too in part II, but in the meantime here’s a few images from part I.
Making a few modifications to the hull
Lots of sanding getting the topside gel coat ready for new Awlgrip
Silver Kings is an Outdoor show filmed in and around the time of the tarpon tournaments in Islamorada, Florida. The stunning beauty of the Florida Keys and Islamorada is on full display and the fast and furious action of two guides and their clients fly-fishing for tarpon in the most unique fishing environment in the US…the Florida Keys. Here’s a show trailer, but you can learn more about the show at www.silverkingstv.com and watch an episode or two. There is some great footage of guides and anglers working really hard late in the day, which underscores the importance of always keeping your head in the game, even when the conditions and getting bites are tough.