100 Years of Farley Boats!

We launched the fundraising drive for a Maritime Branch of the Port Aransas Museum during our Annual Dinner and Auction on March 7th. It will be adjacent to the Farley Boat Works and highlight our maritime history. Read more here:
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History of the Farley Boat Works


Boat Building

Texas Scow Schooner

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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.

If you’d like to take part in any of the projects call Frank Coletta, manager of the Farley Boat Works, at 210-218-9961 or email fbwpam@gmail.com

Follow these links to the South Jetty’s reporting of how it has all come about:

PAPHA purchases old Farley boat building
Winter Texan lends expertise
Rebirth of boat works
Salvaging history
Moving In

Farley building to reopen Tuesday
Nautical Knowledge