Caribiana Sea Skiffs

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Cabriana Sea Skiffs is a boutique maker of custom sea skiffs built out of fiberglass and teak. It is located in Pensacola, Florida.[1][2][3][4][5]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1996 by Lynn Rabren.[6][7] The "boutique Gulf Coast boatbuilder" was purchased in 2007 by Curt Morse after a difficult period in which it had struggled in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.[8] Before buying Caribiana, Morse had been in the horse business.[8] Morse said he grew up "in the Delta riding around in a duck boat”.[9]

Caribiana's sales were adversely affected by the late-2000s financial crisis and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.[10]

Production[edit]

Caribiana's sea skiffs are produced in small quantities (about 12 boats a year in 2011 when about 110 were in existence)[8] and outfitted for "serious" as well as recreational fishing. The boats, costing between $24,000 and $70,000 in 2010, have been described as having "graceful" hull shaping and "classic" teak detailing, and the business won a Garden & Gun magazine award for best of Made in the South in 2010.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terry Tomalin One man's boat odyssey June 1, 2007 St. Pete Times
  2. ^ Bill Pike Boat test: Simple abundance October 1997 Boaters Magazine
  3. ^ Lucy Schultze A seacraft with style Mississippi Magazine September/ October (fall) pages 69-71 2009
  4. ^ Sloane Stevens Cox Worth a Sea Issue I Volume IV Coastal Lifestyle
  5. ^ Sarah Brueggemann Onboard; Along Alabama's Gulf Coast, a company's vivid cruisers bring colorful people together pages 123-127 Coastal
  6. ^ Howard, Willie (3 November 1996). "Boat show has profitable opening day". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 5 March 2012. "Lynn Rabren showed his Caribiana sea skiffs for the first time at the Fort Lauderdale show." 
  7. ^ Tomalin, Terry (22 November 1996). "Sea Skiff has skippers hopping". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 5 March 2012. "The Sea Skiff makes its Gulf Coast debut at this weekend's St. Petersburg Boat Show." 
  8. ^ a b c Ann Abel. Caribiana Sea Skiffs. The coolest boats on the water. 02.25.11 March 14, 2011 ForbesLife Magazine
  9. ^ a b Made in the South Award Winners 2010 Dec. 2010 page 11 Garden & Gun
  10. ^ [1] April 19, 2011 Businessweek