01 Florida Days

Given the choice to “Go Big or Go Home” I’ve always chosen home.

Living in Virginia and flying down to Florida to meet clients and work with the “beach team” never really made sense. We left the crowded, expensive place filled with concrete and construction, and moved down to live among the mangroves on the Gulf Coast.

Seven years on Tillet Bayou that we’ll never forget.

We did move up to St Petersburg for the last three of our Florida years. It was fun and we enjoyed all the amenities of being in town, but also learned that we are really country mice after all.

We paddled a lot in the protected waters of the Gulf bays and bayous around Terra Ceia. I even built several skin-on-frame kayaks and even a garvey-style power skiff with Mercury outboard and bimini top.

Out Tillet Bayou and across Miguel Bay
Through the mangrove tunnel
Pulling up on secret beach!

The first board I cut for the garvey hull
Clamping up the gunnels
Boat building is mostly sanding… but I do love working with the hand plane
Floating in three inches of water out from Miguel Bay
Full power (4 knots)