Posts Tagged ‘shallow water’

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

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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.

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.

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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Polo Pony’s and Skiffs

October 28, 2009

Southern hospitality is often talked about but until you see it in it’s purest form you want the world to turn back to when there was a respect and pace that was good for the soul. Mary and I traveled to Fairhope Alabama to sponsor the Polo at the Point event that brought back all the old traditions for a 2 day event.
Friday night we went to a BBQ and Chicken Drop (if you want to know what a chicken drop is call me at 772-567-8835) and had our line of Dragonfly Skiffs and kayaks on display. Great attention on the skiffs and the Fly Fisher had them all talking.
Sunday brought blue skies and cool temperatures in a beautiful setting at the Sonny Hill Polo Club. With our line of Dragonfly skiffs and kayaks displayed at ground level surrounding a tent serving great food and wines where else would you want to be. Now I am a “newbie” at the polo game but I have to say after sitting with experienced polo players like Kenny Mclean , I really enjoyed watching the game. But while the game was on so was the interest level in our skiffs and kayaks and Mary and I answered questions from the time we set up to the time we left.
Final score at the match Iberia bank 10 Dragonfly boats 8. Although we lost the match we won the friendship of many people and look forward to building some skiffs and kayaks for them.
If you get a chance to visit Point Clear you won’t be disappointed, you will go back in time to a gentler place.
Special thanks to Kenny Mclean, Charlie Mclean, Jimbo and Lynn Meador, Winston Groom, King and Dace Stubbs (they supplied the event with Bonterra Wines, an all organic wine that is great)

Black Clouds and Major Tides

October 20, 2009

Black Clouds and Major tides.

First I would like to thank Angela at the Cystic Fibrois office in
Jacksonville for running a great tournament. I wasn’t available to
attend the captain’s meeting thursday night (Ryan and I were at the CCA banquet in Orlando) but Charlie took the Redbone Emerger to the Gun Club for the Captains meeting and had a great response.
I arrived at 1am and was at the docks by 6:15 were I met my Captain, James Dumas and my fishing partner Jim Sutton.
Captain Dumas is a very knowledgeable guide and energetic in his approach to fish the tidal waters around St. Augustine and Jim Sutton is an excellent fisherman who pens the area with his fishing articles and reviews.
After finding out we were all Florida “crackers” we headed off into
Friday constantly looking to the north as the black clouds inched there way toward us. Small trout and a couple of legal ones along with oysters, grouper, sea robins, needle fish, flounders, mangrove snappers and whatever else happened by gave us a fun filled day. 3rd week in a row where I have experienced major tides, this day it was a 5’…. amazing. You think I would have figured it out by now.
3 pm Black Clouds let loose and that was it for the day.
Saturday, with a good night sleep under me, I headed over to the marina to meet my team and try to inhale enough coffee to keep us warm with the 49 degree temperature and a strong North West wind making the wind chill factor freaking cold. Legal trout by 7 am, alright we are on a roll !, next legal fish 1:45 pm alright I feel like I was rolled over, but good times and great stories made the trip great. Captain James Dumas is a guide that will be written about in the future for his local knowledge and movements of the fish in their habitats, and I look forward to fishing with him again.
Jim is an encyclopedia of information from the fishing tackle world and has traveled to some interesting places and his articles reflect it. At the wrap up party met some more real cool people and I look forward to going back there to fish.

Reviews from ICAST

August 10, 2009

Thanks for a great article:

ICAST Product Review
By David Hall of Hall-Em-In-Lures

ICAST was a great show to attend and nice to have in our own backyard. The show was by far a success and the booths overall were outstanding. I am only reviewing the companies that really impressed me and have products that, I feel are by far, some of the best on the market.

1. DRAGONFLY BOATS
This skiff and boat builder, Mark Castlow, has taken things to the next level. Mark is a Florida native and grew up in Miami and the Keys. Living on the water only intensified Mark’s love for the blue water, and as a teen he leaned toward riding the water on Mother Nature’s waves. Surfing became a love of his and he started his own surf shop and a line of surfboards. His love for surfing and travel allowed him to discover lots of different bodies of water and wave conditions that further tuned him in to the knowledge of the sea.
Mark’s knowledge overall of water and fiberglass made him a valuable asset to the fiberglass industry to create, repair and tackle all sorts of problems that involved glassing. Eventually he ended up in the boat business as a co-owner of Maverick, Hewes, and Pathfinder boats. Mastering over the years of what it takes to manufacture and market a successful shallow water fishing machine. He has listened to guides and other people, of what they want out of an inshore skiff, and applied it to perfection.
Dragonfly Boatworks was founded in 2007 by Mark. They are a new company, with years of information and knowledge behind them. Mark has combined some of the old school look with the new school technologies, exceptional components, and purposeful design. Mix them all together with a master craftsman and out came a beautiful yet extremely functional line of boats.
The Emerger 16 was the one that I was lucky enough to discuss with Mark. It is a 16 ft skiff, 71” beam, 18 gallon, built in fuel cell averaging about 500 lbs. and drafts a true 5 inches. The fit and finish is truly incredible and it comes with a slew of options. This boat is solid, will not give you a rigid kidney jarring ride, but is super smooth and allows you to fish 1-3 anglers. It is a very different build with a unique bottom configuration that is ultra quiet putting you into the zone perfectly
All together, Mark has a nice selection of boats – Silver Shadow, Dragonfly, Grandslam, and the Emerger. I am a very picky person and these boats have turned my head and dropped my jaw. Having met Mark only once, he seems like a very down to earth person and still you can see the glimmer of excitement in his eyes when he talks about his boats. Please give his website a look: http://www.DragonflyBoatworksLLC.com.

Contact info – 4575 North US Highway 1
Suite 11
Vero Beach, FL 32967
Phone # 772-567-8835 ICAST Product Review
By David Hall of Hall-Em-In-Lures