Farley Boat Works
Established 1915 – Re-established 2011
The sounds of the boat shop can be heard as soon as a visitor enters the building. Visitors see the shop in action and watch boats being built. Thus the shop is a living exhibit.
Starting the Process
We began the process of teaching boat building by training several teachers. Doyle Marek, who created and then ran the boat building program at the Port A schools, was our head trainer. He taught a select group of our folks to build a Port A skiff. These simple but highly useful boats are distinct and unique to our island.
Once this process was understood and we built a boat or two to see how our shop functions, we expanded to offering classes to the public who want to build a skiff for themselves.
Next step is to re create the small rowing/sailing skiffs that were so common during the Tarpon, Texas era. This fleet of boats will be available for use at the City Marina during the “season”. And finally, we are building a 60′ scow schooner like the ones that plied our local waters in the days of sail. Stay tuned.
Follow these links to the South Jetty’s reporting of how it has all come about: