The brothers Barney and Fred Farley arrived on the Texas coast in 1910. Barney ended up in Port Aransas while Fred lived just north in Rockport.
Barney aspired to be a tarpon guide. While he was learning those skills he determined that a man who could provide the guides with reliable and affordable power fishing boats could do well in Port Aransas. He shared that thought with Fred, who just happened to be a master wood worker. Seeing a good business opportunity at hand, Fred Farley moved wife Mabel and his sons to Port Aransas in 1914 and established the Farley and Son Boat Works. (The son was Jim, but eventually his brothers, Don and Fred Jr., became involved in the family business, too.) The boat builders got right to work and the first Farley boat produced expressly for Port Aransas tarpon fishing was launched in 1915.
The arrival of Charles Fredrick “Fred” Farley ushered in six decades of excellence in both the building of boats and the conducting of business affairs. Indeed, the Farley boat building story is an important chapter in the maritime history of Port Aransas, Texas. (Barney Farley did become a fishing guide, and then went on to be a leader and prominent businessman in the town’s fast growing sport fishing industry.)