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CRBB is an educational organization which works to preserve and continue local maritime heritage.
1610 SE Paradise Circle
Crystal River, FL
The Crystal River Boat Builders (CRBB) began with an idea in the spring of 2009. The traditional boats used along the Nature Coast don't exist anymore, no one is building or using them anymore, most of the materials needed have disappeared, and the skills of yesterday's boat builders are being lost. The CRBB is an educational organization which works to preserve and continue the living traditions, skills, lore, and legends surrounding working and pleasure watercraft (predating the marine gasoline engine) in the areas surrounding Crystal River (the "Nature Coast"). The CRBB encourages rediscovering the design, construction, and use of these boats, and it embraces contemporary variants and adaptations of traditional designs. The CRBB plans to accomplish these goals through an active boat building program - an 1800's era boat (a 14ft Chesapeake Sharpie Skiff) was the first boat to be built. The boatshop where this boat was built was erected in June of 2009 and the skiff started shortly after. The measurements for this boat were used to "loft" plans. Only hand tools are being used and many (perhaps forgotten) skills are being re-learned, demonstrated and documented. Research and study of local boat building and use, involving historical societies, schools, and even Civil War re-enactment groups is underway. The CRBB would like to begin outreach programs to the community for educational purposes and perhaps work alongside established groups fostering interest in the nautical history and environment of the area. The initial motivation for forming the CRBB as an educational project was fostered by the personnel of the Central Region office of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. They are our founding sponsor. The Crystal River Preserve State Park quickly "came onboard" to support this effort. They are our host, providing space for our shop and use of the park facilities. The CRBB contacted the Traditional Small Craft Association, a 501(c)(3)organization, and began the effort start a local chapter. As we had begun our project, and had lined up such support, we were welcomed. The Friends of the Crystal River Preserve State Park, also a 501(c)(3)group, recognized the worth of CRBB to the park and the region, and our chapter has been assimilated into their organization with many reciprocal benefits.
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CRBB is an educational organization working to preserve and continue local maritime heritage. We build replicas of the indigenous watercraft of the Nature Coast. Everything we build, we do by hand using traditional methods; and we try to use the materials and tools of the period. There is always a work-in-progress and we love "show and tell." Kids of all ages can get "hands on" with history. Our work tells the story of the fishing and transportation industries of Florida and especially Crystal River -- including, of course, the role of watercraft on the Nature Coast during the Civil War. We are a chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association.