Interviews

Steve HuffSteve Huff

Huff:   When I started guiding, which was in 1968, I had a great big – I would call it a scow.  It was a 19-foot Mako hull.  It was called a Perdue 18, but it was 19 feet long and it was impossible to pole.  It was like poling a battleship. Of course, I didn’t know what I was doing with it when I got it out there most of the time back then.  Read on…

 

Harry Spear Harry Spear

Spear:   I think there’s just a lot of things that you can’t go to school to learn.  You have to experience it to see what… how it feels to you.  To see how a boat performs in the water.  I’m not a nautical engineer.  I have my own kind of engineering mind.  I can figure things out.  I can see things that are not there, but I really think there is a whole lot that we can do to make skiffs behave better and that we’re just really scratching the surface.   Read on…

 

Chico FernandezChico Fernandez

Fernandez: When you get in and shove the boat out one push and the canoe glides 10 feet, you are into wilderness already, Marshall. You are in nowhere land. No one has been there.  Read on…

 

 

Scott Deal of Maverick BoatsScott Deal

Deal: That was the boat called the Maverick. It had a curvy shape to it, and was kind of sexy looking, but it was prone to go through waves as opposed to over them and had some limitations.  Lenny Berg wanted one of those boats in the worst way. Wally called and said, “Look, this is not what I do. I do racing boats and other things, but I’ll sell you the molds and you can make your own damn skiff.” Read on…

 

Bob StearnsBob Stearns

Stearns: Before the Bonefisher I had bought a basic runabout hull.  I bought it bare.  It had just a gunnel cap on it, which was not great, but was wide enough and flat enough to live with in the day.  At the same time I bought it completely open with nothing in it.  I took it to a local boat builder and said, “I want a casting platform up front–a recessed foredeck that is–and I want an aft deck on the back there,” just pretty much like we have today.  Read on…

 

Chris PetersonChris Peterson

Peterson: I had somewhat of a life-changing event. In 2002, I was diagnosed with a terminal case of lymphoma. I didn’t think that I would be around very long, so everything else I was doing I had sold off and had tapered down to really nothing, not knowing what my prognosis would be.   Read on…

 

Hal ChittumHal Chittum

Stearns: I got hired by Bob to be a sales manager at his store on the Miami River. I worked there for a couple years and got to know a lot of the fisherman down there, a lot of the guys who were coming back and forth with their Hewes boats to have their boats worked on and change the motors out there. That’s how I really got interested in the skiffs to start with.  Read on…

 

Tom MitzlaffTom Mitzlaff Interview

Mitzlaff: Simply put I always had a passion for just fishing and boats in general. One day I just decided…. Actually I saw a picture of a wood strip canoe in a book store one day, and I picked the book up and I bought it. It was a book called Canoe Craft. To make a long story short I ended up building one of the designs in the book and after that I was kind of hooked on boat building.  Read on…