Memorial service held for flats boat innovator

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A memorial service was held Wednesday for flats boat pioneer Bob Hewes, who died Sunday in Miami at the age of 86.

The memorial at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church took place on what would have been his 64th wedding anniversary with wife, Ida. Longtime friend Bob Stearns spoke of the genesis of the design and Hewes' philosophy on boats in a remembrance story published today by the Miami Herald.

An avid angler, Hewes launched in 1969 the 17-1/2-foot fiberglass Hewes Bonefisher - the first production flats boat, featuring a lapstrake-style hull, transom baitwells and a modified, deep-vee hull. Hewes later added the elevated stern poling platform to the boat design that remains a staple to flats fishing today.

Click here to read the tribute.

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