April was a good month. The Florida shop refit has been completed and got its first project in the building, a varnished Chris Craft runabout. We are in the process of remodeling our Florida ship’s store as well. Everyone who has seen it has raved. I, however, am in North Carolina and have not seen it yet. Stephanie hasn’t even sent me any pictures. She wants me to be surprised.
I came up to Beaufort to be a judge at the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Wooden Boat Show and have stayed on to hold down the fort. Nathan Smith, my partner and brother-in-law, and Renee just welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Mason James Smith, 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Nathan is taking some much needed time off to help out. Mason is as handsome as can be.
I recently took a trip down to Wilmington, N.C. to spend the day with naval architect Bruce Marek. Bruce has worked on a few projects with us, from dealing with U.S. Coast Guard certified yachts such as Innisfail to the schooner project in Florida. We have been working on the launch construction drawings, line plans and profile. This all started with a half model I made a while ago. We have come a long way.