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Dragonfly Boatworks revives Spanish Wells skiff

Dragonfly Boatworks in Vero Beach, Fla., will recreate the Spanish Wells skiff.
The Spanish Wells skiff was originally designed and built in the 1980s for Bahamian lobster fishermen.

The Spanish Wells skiff was originally designed and built in the 1980s for Bahamian lobster fishermen.

Dragonfly Boatworks in Vero Beach, Fla., will recreate the Spanish Wells skiff, a boat that was conceived in the Bahamas, after acquiring the tooling from its previous owner.

“I knew the boat and its original designer, and now we've acquired its tooling from the previous owner, Spanish Wells Boatworks of Riviera Beach, and I'm pleased to tell you we've already started building the first one,” Dragonfly Boatworks manager Mark Castlow said in a statement. “A proven hull is always a pleasure to dress up or down.”

In the 1980s, Bahamian lobster fishermen wanted a boat to match their work. They sought designer Chris Morejohn to make a craft sized to lift on and off motherships. It had to be durable, able to withstand almost daily use from commercial fishermen and divers. More than 100 Spanish Wells skiffs were built in the Bahamas.

Fast-forward to 2015, when the molds were discovered in the Bahamas and shipped to Florida for resurrection. Eric Brush, of SMS Sportfishing Outfitters in Riviera Beach, was chosen to build the first four recreated boats, along with new styling and layout.

“Now it's our turn to continue the boat's elegant simplicity and design,” Castlow said, “and Eric will keep his hand in as customer liaison.”

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