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Press Release

September 13, 2010

PGA For Immediate For Immediate Release Contact
. Greg Norman, David Duval and Vijay Singh join “Golfers For The Gulf” To Save Endangered Wildlife Falconhead Capital,LLC,Chairman, David Moross and PGA TOUR also Join In Environmental Effort

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NEW YORK, New York –September 13, 2010 – Former No. 1 ranked golfers Greg Norman, David Duval and Vijay Singh have added their support to help endangered wildlife impacted among the ecologically damaged marshes of the Gulf of Mexico resulting from BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion off the Louisiana coast in April.

Norman, Duval, and Singh, along with New York-based Falconhead Capital, LLC, Chairman, David Moross and The PGA TOUR – “Golfers for the Gulf” – have teamed up to fund the purchase a specially-designed skiff known as a Shallow Water Attention Terminal (S.W.A.T). The boats are specifically manufactured by Dragonfly Boatworks in Vero Beach, FL to penetrate the ecologically sensitive gulf marsh and will be used to rescue at-risk wildlife as well as perform vital ongoing monitoring and testing of critical areas impacted by the spill. The boats have been adapted to provide a specialty treatment tables, cooling and rinsing systems for distressed wildlife, GPS tracking capability for scientific research and wi-fi capability for educational purposes.

“Thankfully, the leak has been stopped, but the threat to wildlife will continue for quite some time,” says Norman. “These boats are ideally suited to reach animals and birds in those remote marshes and their ability to help biologists monitor the wildlife situation and other ecological stresses on an ongoing basis is also invaluable.

” The SWAT boat will be donated to the Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group (SWCG) and will join others already in service in the Gulf. SWCG is a non-profit organization created with a mission to protect, conserve and reclaim the Southeastern United States diminishing wildlife and their habitats.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to support recovery operations”, said Mark Langner, President of the SWCG. “Moreover, this boat will be a major boost to our environmental education activities when the need for wildlife recovery no longer exists. The SWCG will be forever grateful to the “Golfers for the Golf” group for their generosity and their interest in the natural resources of the Gulf Coast.”

“Golfers for the Gulf” was created by golf industry veteran and operating partner at Falconhead Capital, Charley Moore and Mark Castlow owner of Dragonfly Boatworks. “Mark and his team were quick to recognize the need and have done the heavy lifting to get the permission to get these boats in action. We are pleased to be able to mobilize resources in our business and professional communities to get more boats on the water, says Moore.

For more information, please go to WWW.DRAGONFLYENVIRONMENTALARMY.COM


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S.W. A.T. #2 Log Update

September 1, 2010

The latest communication on the S.W.A.T. # 2 boat in the gulf coast. From:Lloyd Culp Jr. to James Meador August 30th
Subject: SWAT Boat Update:
Jimbo, Weather has kept recovery boats off the water over the past few days, but SWAT 2 will be moving to the lower Pascagoula River later this week to fill in for the release of Vessel of Opportunity (VOO) boats that have been released. W hear that a few gannets and pelicans have been recovered from that area. The birds that are being retrieved are not always obviously oiled, some appearing to have been injured by fishing activity, but vets are detecting evidence of oiling when the birds are examined at the rehab centers. We expect to move SWAT 2 to a marina on Dauphin Island later this week to patrol the Little Dauphin Island Unit of Bon Secour NWR and perhaps help out a Gaillard Island, depending on what we hear from that area this week. Before the weather hit us late last week, birds were being retrieved from north of Dauphin and Gaillard. As an overall strategy, the Mobile command plans to keep SWAT and APHIS boats on recovery while releasing some of the VOO boats. I heard over the weekend that we are still recovering sufficient birds in Alabama and Mississippi to maintain recovery operations for some time, so I expect we will be working well into the fall.
LAC
Lloyd A. Culp, Jr.

Jimmy Buffett S.W.A.T Boat To Aid Oil-Soaked Wildlife in Gulf

June 10, 2010

Contact: Mark Castlow FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 772-567-8835 Cell: 772-473-0479 Fax: 772-567-8836
Email: dragonflyboats@bellsouth.net

JIMMY BUFFETT S.W.A.T. BOAT TO AID OIL-SOAKED WILDLIFE IN GULF

The first of four specially designed Shallow Water Attention Terminal (S.W.A.T.) boats built and designed by Florida-based Dragonfly Boatworks,and funded by Jimmy Buffett heads to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Southern Mississippi this week to begin a massive rescue effort.

Prompted by images of an ever-widening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
which threatens Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’s coast, Vero Beach boat-builder, Mark Castlow, Jimbo Meador and Meador’s longtime friend, musician Jimmy Buffett, “had to do something.” All three men have long histories in, on, and around water earning their livings and loving the lifestyle. All three are concerned with short and long-term effects the spill will have on the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean, on visible marine life and the less-visible eggs and microorganisms that support the system.

“Instead of pointing fingers, we wanted to lend a hand,” Meador said. That led to the design of the S.W.A.T. boat. Using multiple resources, Buffett, Castlow and Meador designed the “life” boat for oil-injured wildlife. Unique features set the rescue boat apart: shallow draft with a bow-mounted trolling motor to avoid unnecessary noise, a tiller-steered Evinrude outboard motor, a worktable mounted mid-deck coated with a sanitary gel and a coarse surface to help animals grip without slippage, solar fans, a misting system to cool researchers and wildlife, plus a folding, collapsible canopy shading the entire boat.

Evinrude’s concern about the cleanup effort in the Gulf prompted the speedy contribution of boat power via four low-maintenance 40-HP ETECs.

Dragonfly Boatworks is located in Vero Beach on the east coast of Florida. The company’s focus is creating skiffs and kayaks. Their motto: “Building one of a kind, one at a time.”

Dragonfly Boatworks LLC – 4575 US Hwy#1 – Vero Beach, FL 32960 http://www.dragonflyboatworksllc.com

Jimbo Meador joins Dragonfly Boatworks

June 2, 2010

Contact: Mark Castlow                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 772-567-8835                                                          6/2/2010
Cell: 772-473-0479
Fax: 772-567-8836
Email: dragonflyboats@bellsouth.net

JIMBO MEADOR JOINS DRAGONFLY BOATWORKS
Now hear this! “Building one of a kind, one at a time,” is the Dragonfly
Boatworks motto. Continuing along that line, they’ve just added a “one of
a kind” sales manager, Jimbo Meador, to the staff of the Vero Beach, FL,
boat-building company.
“Jimbo is unique,” said Mark Castlow, Dragonfly Boatworks owner. “And I
challenge anyone to refute that,” he laughingly added. “Jimbo is multitalented:
skilled in hunting, birding, angling and boating.” Meador’s
extensive sales pedigree includes the successful marketing of products
from distinguished companies…Orvis, Beretta, Hell’s Bay, among others.
“Jimbo and I have worked on many ventures in our twenty-five year
friendship and having him join the company is like welcoming a brother
back home. A brother you really like, that is,” Castlow said. “He knows
the outdoors and the outdoors knows him. I can’t think of a better person
to represent our products.”
Dragonfly Boatworks is a young company with lots of “old” experience.
The company prides itself on skiffs and kayaks brought about from a
lifetime of boat building and designing combined with an individual
boat owner’s specifications. Result: a personalized, streamlined, shallow
water craft.
Dragonfly Boatworks LLC – 4575 US Hwy#1 – Vero Beach, 32967

Dragonfly 17 flies away!

May 5, 2010

This is so cool!  Watch how a Dragonfly gets “boomed” to higher ground.  Someone wanted to test her in the Bahamas (bonefish aplenty are waiting) so she made the trip in record time under first class conditions.  This particular model is in hot demand as a tender for the bigger boats…in fact, it’s put to use as a fun boat more than it is used to ferry to and from shore.  One owner uses  his to tow the grandkids on a tube.  Another catches live seashells from his boat while floating in very shallow water in out-of-the-way places.  Take a few minutes, if you can, and share one of your novel uses of the boat.  We’d love to hear from you.

Dreams of Balmy Breezes

February 19, 2010

Dreams of balmy breezes and tailing fish turned into just that when we arrived in Charleston, SC, last week to set up for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.  The first day of the show (Friday) opened with a west wind of 20 mph and a bracing 36 degrees.  Using the cold weather mantra (dress in layers) made us look like Michelin tire men or, as Ryan said, “we all look like Gumby, damn it”.
Thanks to Brian at Vero Marine Center in Vero Beach, we had a small Honda generator along with a propane heater from our shop.  These two pieces of equipment made our booth the “hot” place to be.  By late afternoon we had sleet.  By night time we had snow (Ryan and Matt were making snowmen in the parking lot of Best Western…you can see their cold, happy faces on the facebook page.)
On to Saturday…four inches of snow…hatches frozen shut.  A challenge but we got everything working.  Now, here’s the best part…as miserable as the weather was, nothing deterred the outdoorsmen and women who showed up by the thousands.  And, they brought their dogs!  It was like a walking camo or Barbour ad.
The sun came out Sunday and the crowds just got bigger and bigger.  We love Charleston…it’s a vibrant, happening place to be and we’re always looking for a way to come back.  Capt. Billy Glenn has a bunch of wet tests lined up post show so you know he’ll be busy.
Sooooooo…we’re already gearing up for the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival in March (minus snowmen, of course) and a chance to visit with our Charleston friends again.

What a weekend!

November 24, 2009

What a weekend!  It’s always fun to visit with friends at a hometown show (the annual Vero Beach Boat Show at Riverside) especially when you really do have something to talk about.  And talk we did…about boating, fishing and how productive the Indian River is right now…snook, trout, reds.  Our local gallery “The Backcountry” put together an impressive display of Dragonfly Boatworks’ latest models.  Included were a 16′ Emerger with a 40 Evinrude Etec and a gorgeous 17′ Dragonfly (soon to be on its way to Capt. Billy Glenn in Charleston, SC).  The real show stoppers, however, were the “electric” fishing kayaks.  Locals got a chance to see Fly Fishers for the first time.  They’re one-man fishing kayaks innovatively designed.  So fun!  They were flying out the door.  You’ll be seeing them on the river soon.

The Back Country Tournament

November 18, 2009

Dragonfly Boatworks debuted its latest kayak model (Fly Fisher) last Saturday at the Backcountry Kayak Tournament in Vero Beach. A 10-15 knot north wind kept everything cool but still, after a full day’s fishing, Capt. Bobby Fletcher was glad to have the help of a propulsion system to get him back to the dock. The kayak is stealthy. It can sneak up on snook, redfish and trout. You can make use of the motor which allows
two hands free to fish and reel in those prizes. The leaning post gives you the option to stand as you spot fish and cast.
A good time was had by all…it’s fun to fish in challenging conditions. Better yet were the super prizes from The Backcountry.

Small craft should exercise caution!

November 11, 2009

Small Craft Should Exercise Caution.

Never a dull moment when fishing the keys!  All the way down, Charlie McLean and I kept seeing bands of rain showers coming off the ocean but we kept telling ourselves “maybe it’s just raining over the mainland.”  Not true.  Arrived at the Lorelei in Islamorada where our guide for the Redbone Tournament,  Capt. Jeff Johnson, was waiting for us with an older model Grand Slam skiff tied up at the dock. “Come on, Mark, wait till you see what she’ll do in this crap,” said Jeff.  Ever since I purchased the Grand Slam project I have wanted the opportunity to run the boat in real challenging conditions and here was the chance to see what she would do in this kind of slop.  The boat ride was actually dry (except for the rain) and my kidneys weren’t beaten out of me.  So even though the conditions were terrible for fishing they were great for what I needed to see and feel.

Post-ride, I was glad that I had made the decision to make the spray rail integral to the hull and brought it all the way back to the transom.  The rough seas and wind I had just experienced reinforced the “rightness” of the addition.

The boat was whisper-quiet in nasty conditions. It’s a bad sign when most of the anglers in a tournament are staring at the weather channel while watching bands of rain and wind constantly run across the screen.  However, it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of these particular hard-core fly fishermen hence the name of the tournament,  “THE SUPERFLY”.  Well,  from my vantage point and Capt Johnson’s, it was hard sighting and hard presenting but we did get a couple of follows (no connections, though).  The boat was amazingly quiet in the worst of conditions.  Cal Collier, Jr. and his guide, Capt. Steve Thomas, put it all together and won “THE SUPERFLY”.   After experiencing those type of fishing conditions, I can only say,  “hats off to Cal”.  “This is Redbone weather,” Gary Ellis, founder of the well-known tournament, said.  Without having Jim Cantori of the Weather Channel there to confirm it, I believed him and the next day (Saturday) we again started out with rain followed by more rain with a touch of rain.  Our plan was to get the Redfish out-of-the-way, so with that we headed to Flamingo and tried our luck dredging the outflows at Snake Bight…a great idea but the fish didn’t get the memo…what did show up were small and under-sized.  One cool thing, my fishing teammate Charlie McLean was able to  film some white Pelicans feeding…an impressive sight as they used their bills to seine the water for tiny shrimp.  Then we turned the boat back towards Islamorada and headed back.  The dim light of the Lorelei was a welcome sight!

Being rested and relaxed from an early return Saturday, we thought Sunday was going to be the day to kick ass.  Not!   And again we got ours kicked instead. Hooked one bone but got broken off and the rest is history.  The winners were Jim Bokor, Jr. and Randy Frick.  All in all, it was great fun seeing old friends and making new ones.  Can’t help but be excited that the Grand Slam we’re getting ready  to launch down there will pick up where the old one left off. The improved Grand Slam is on the way!

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Alabama Moon

October 30, 2009

AlabamaMoon

Dragonfly Boatworks has a friend in the film business who has just
released a very cool movie called Alabama Moon starring John Goodman with an
exceptional cast.

Alabama Moon is a journey of discovery.   A journey that brings a young boy into contact with people his own age for the first time in his life.  A journey that quickly leads a young boy into trouble with the outside world.  Alabama Moon is something of a “throw-back” film.  It’s refreshingly free of helicopter searches, infrared scopes and night vision.

Anyone who has ever wandered into the woods or wet a line can get the revised spirit of discovery.

Go to the website  www.alabamamoonthemovie.net/en/home.php to watch the trailer.

If you like what you see and want to see more,

sign the petition www.petitiononline.com/almoon98/petition.html to bring it to where you live.