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Spear Boatworks

The mission of our company is two fold. One to prod the skiff building industry by going in a different direction, a direction where design, performance and technology hold greater importance than ease of production and profitability. The goal is to build better fishing machines, better athletes not runway models. Two is to give back to those who belong to the saltwater flats fishing community. We endeavor to  build the lightest weight, strongest, most durable, easy poling, dry riding, quiet, economical and affordable skiffs available. We hope to help make a more pleasurable experience for those crazed fanatics, who love sight fishing in shallow water.

Our vision: To spend our lives on the water with family and friends, enjoying Gods creation on skiffs made by ourselves, having fun, working in harmony with each other, bringing God glory, and building a sustainable family business.

Rick Ruoff on Harry Spear…

Rick Ruoff

Rick Ruoff

Rarely do you come across a fishing guide that is the real deal- the whole package. Not only must a guide have a extra sense about when and where the fish will be, but he has to understand when they feed and how to approach them. The skiff has become one of the guide’s most important tools. All skiffs are definitely not created equal. Weight and performance are only part of the package. Subtleties of design do such things as allow for a quick change of direction while poling, and provide a silent approach to the fish. The boat also has to provide a comfortable to ride to the fishing grounds and be economical to run long distances.

Harry Spear arguably was one of the finest fishing guides in Florida. After a career that spanned four decades, he has turned his attention to building boats that combine technology with his knowledge of fish and the nuances of shallow water angling. These skiffs are a distillation of his skills.

These are no longer the fish-filled old days where dumb luck served us well. All game fish have evolved extraordinary abilities in detecting anglers, and it takes an extraordinary skiff to be a successful angler. A Spear Boatworks skiff can make that difference.

Rick Ruoff Islamorada, FL


Testimonials

“I recently purchased a custom skiff from Spear Boat Works. I wanted a skiff that would be light { 155lbs.]  pole shallow , it draws 3″ and ride comfortably. It does everything I hoped it would and I’m totally happy with this wonderful little skiff. Harry Spear and son Luke did an incredible job.”

Capt. Dale Perez

“The Spear Low Tide Guide is the best all around skiff I have owned/been on.  It is an exceptionally dry and smooth riding skiff, that can easily cross open water yet still be poled with one hand. I have poled up wind, into quartering chop and the LTG is deadly quiet in all circumstances.”

Brandon Henderson

“I purchased Harry’s Demo LTG after following it on Facebook and his reports during and after construction. I am 71 years young and needed a skinny water skiff that would be dry and comfortable. The Tohatsu with carbon fiber extension allows me to stand and grip the grab bar off the coffin box giving me a safe position while running the boat.
The skiff is light and nimble. Handles and poles quietly with minimum effort. As the Skinny Skiff article proclaimed, it is about as perfect a flats skiff as money will buy. I have owned ( and still own ) more expensive flats boats but none better for the money. You can spend 2-3 times the money but get no bigger bang for your buck.
It will run in 6 inches of water and is very quick to get level on plane. It is a well thought out minimalist skiff with all you need and nothing more. Thanks Harry for The Grey Ghost.”
John Aldridge

 

 

History of Spear Boatworks

Harry and RickRick Ruoff On Harry Spear…

Rarely do you come across a fishing guide that is the real deal- the whole package. Not only must a guide have a extra sense about when and where the fish will be, but he has to understand when they feed and how to approach them. The skiff has become one of the guide’s most important tools. All skiffs are definitely not created equal. Weight and performance are only part of the package. Subtleties of design do such things as allow for a quick change of direction while poling, and provide a silent approach to the fish. The boat also has to provide a comfortable to ride to the fishing grounds and be economical to run long distances.

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