Guy Harvey’s commitment to protecting wild shark populations is not just talk. He walks the walk, too. That’s why the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation teamed with Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Inc., to donate a custom boat and trailer valued at more than $50,000 to support the University of Florida’s Program for Shark Research. The 18-foot flats boat features an exclusive shark-themed wrap designed by Guy himself.
“I am delighted and grateful to accept this boat for our research initiatives,” said George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research. “The partnership of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Hell’s Bay Boatworks, and our shark program powerfully furthers our shared goal of enlightened management and conservation of the oceans.”
The University of Florida received the gift because of the efforts of four UF alumni who collaborated to make it happen. Steve Stock, CEO of Guy Harvey, Inc., and Chris and Wendi Peterson, co-owners of Hell’s Bay Boatworks of Titusville, are all alumni of the college. Michael Benedict, whose Daytona Beach advertising agency works with both companies, is also a flag-flying Florida Gator.
“We all bleed orange and blue,” Stock said. “We’re proud to be giving back to the University of Florida and taking the initiative of preserving the world’s oceans together.”
The custom-made boat runs in skinny water making it perfect for studying sea life in shallow habitats. Burgess and his team will use the boat to monitor shark and ray nursery areas in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, Indian River Lagoon, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys.
“We custom made this boat to easily and quietly access even rougher shallow-water areas,” said Chris Peterson, co-owner of Hell’s Bay. “It’s designed to avoid damaging the very resources that we’re researching and working to preserve.”
The boat includes a special railing that allows researchers to work closely to the water and prevents equipment from sliding off the boat. It also has a side-mounted steering console to provide more floor space for research equipment.
Burgess’ current work focuses on the recovery of smalltooth and largetooth sawfish. The smalltooth sawfish is an endangered marine species listed in U.S. waters and the largetooth is proposed for endangered species status.
“Since full recovery of sawfish is going to take about 100 years, education of both the general public and the next generation of scientists is very important to our conservation initiatives,” Burgess said.
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Hell’s Bay Boatworks was formed by renowned Florida fishing guide Flip Pallot, along with visionary boat designer Chris Morejohn with one goal in mind … to build the finest fishing boats ever conceived. Merely improving conventional designs was not good enough. They wanted to make sweeping changes in design and construction that would revolutionize the shallow water fishing industry. And they accomplished this.
Today Hell’s Bay Boatworks is still led by a team of dedicated fishermen, outdoorsmen and adventurers. This team is guided by Capt. Chris Peterson and his wife Wendi Peterson. Chris not only brings years of on the water experience , but has a depth of business experience leading companies and large organizations for more than 20 years. All of the department leads at Hell’s Bay have been with the Boatworks more than five years and have a proven dedication to creating the finest skiffs available. Everyone at Hell’s Bay is passionate about what they create and their passion shows in the Hell’s Bay’s finished skiffs.
The skiff builders at Hell’s Bay only build to order and put their efforts into quality construction, the finest materials, cutting edge design and personal customer service. Hell’s Bay’s boats will allow anglers to do things they have never been able to do in other flats boats. Imagine never again feeling the frustration of grounding out while trying to reach a tailing bonefish or redfish. Imagine being able to easily fish thousands of miles of water filled with fish that no other boats can reach!
You are invited to review all of the information presented on our boats, examine the claims of other manufacturers, question us and them, and most importantly come ride and pole our skiffs. Our claims and statistics are accurate. We have included here quotations from a number of the finest guides and fishermen in the world. They are enthusiastic about these boats and they use them 200-300 days per year. Capt. Larry Sydnor of Islamorada, “This is the best boat I have ever fished in,” or Capt. Bob Branham of Biscayne Bay remarks, “This boat changed the way I think about how a boat should work, fish, run, last and be built. It made guiding fun again”.
At Hell’s Bay Boatworks the goal is to stay on the cutting edge of technology while building fishing machines with state of the art materials and design and personally know each of customers. Their Hell’s Bay Boatworks is a complete “boatworks” involved in custom work, tooling, design, repairs, rigging, refurbishing and remodeling.
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