Crystal River Boat Builders

CRBB is an educational organization which works to preserve and continue local maritime heritage.

Operating as usual

12/25/2022
12/10/2022

Working in Cortez, Florida

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 12/04/2022

We will be on the road this coming weekend. We will be exhibiting the SILVER TIDE and the SALT RIVER SKIFF at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez. See and hear the 100 year old Gray Motor Company motor start and run. See an early 1900's fishing boat typical on the west coast of Florida. And celebrate the holidays.
https://www.floridamaritimemuseum.org/visit

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 11/02/2022

…and here she is! “Salt River” is our new 15’9” skiff, CRBB designed and built. Frame is cypress and planking is 1/4” occume plywood. She rows nicely but she is designed to shine with low power. She is pictured here doing 7 knots with the 2 hp Honda. The future of powerboats is efficiency, so here’s our small start in that direction.

10/17/2022

A good friend of ours dropped off a recent copy of Wooden Boat Mag. to show us the article on the put-put bateaus. We have our own version of a put-put here, our early 1900's mullet boat powered by a 1920 2cylce 2 cylinder motor. The question that comes to mind is if there is interest in the central Florida area for a put-put get-together now and then or an informal group. If there is we may be able to host such things here in Crystal River. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLGnEYTCAl0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLGnEYTCAl0

09/14/2022

Our Palmer PW27 engine from 1968 came back to life today. Now we have to build a boat for it! We are considering a harbor launch with a Seabright skiff hull, like some old William Atkins designs.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 08/30/2022

We've been working on this 1975 C Scow for some time. It was in sad shape. We have made it strong and fun but not a race capable boat. We did not hide repairs or previous scars. First test had little wind but everything was working and it ghosted well. We hope to have a more exciting sail in it before it goes to a new owner. It is titled and available. It has two older but strong sails. We are asking $1,200.00.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 07/13/2022

We always ask our traveling members to bring us pictures of traditional boats they may come across. Theo brought us these from L’escala, Spain.

06/23/2022

Sailstice day. It was hot and a weekend but a few of us put boats in Crystal River and had a nice sail anyway. On board with Theo in his Joel White Haven 12.5, sailing with Kevin aboard his Cape Dory Typhon, and passing a slightly modified Rushton Princess replica.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 05/09/2022

Riding the TIDE at Cedar Key Saturday.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 04/23/2022

Our skiff build is coming along. Chines are fastened in, and we trial fitted the sides. Frames still to be beveled for the side plank.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 04/01/2022

A few weeks ago Evan thought we could use a clock so we challenged him to design and build one. He showed up with this masterpiece. Under the clock Evan is cutting his first scarf.

03/04/2022

Lofting the first of the CRBB skiff series

01/13/2022

Siver Tide start up prior to launch this morning

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 01/12/2022

the tide gave us enough water to launch the Silver Tide this morning

01/01/2022
12/25/2021
Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 12/16/2021

We had a wonderful time visiting today at our Holiday get-together. A special treat was rides during the last sea trial of the electric Aqua-velvetride shore cruiser. There is just a bit more "pretty" work to do before it hits the market.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 12/04/2021

She’s almost done, and she’s beautiful—the electric pirogue “Electra Glide”!
Bill and Ed did the foredeck and are working on the aft deck. John (seen touching up the rubrail) is doing the bright finish.

11/27/2021

The "crystal river" in motion

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 11/27/2021

This is a project we are just completing for the Crystal River Best Western Hotel. They asked for a display cabinet that represented the Crystal River area. The Hotel sits on some of the same property used for a cedar mill in the early 1900's hence the cedar top. The base is made from pine, another typical local wood. The "river" on top represents the Crystal River and the blue on the bottom represents the beautiful springs found here.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 11/05/2021

For the gearheads. Earl opened up the Silver Tide's transmition for inspection. Plenty of wear and a bearing issue in the reverse gearing. We lubricated what we could but will let the bearing issue ride for a bit. This is a unique system, in forward all components are fixed and turn with the input shaft.

10/23/2021

We now have all three components of our drive system woking together. The reconditioned/repitched propeller, motor, and newly adjusted transmition. Cruising at 4 knots at 400 RPM. Top speed around 5 knots.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 10/20/2021

ANNIE is now back home on disply with the EGRET at the Best Western Hotel, Crystal River. The Electa-Slide Cruiser is getting paint and will soon be ready for a new owner.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 08/31/2021

The majority of the funding for our limited budget comes from donated project boats. We have to be picky with the donations so we have a chance of them making money for us and definitely not costing us. Here is a really cool boat that we declined. It is reported as professionally built Florida boat, probably around 60 years old. It is a sharpie hull displacement power boat with an outboard well just ahead of the transom. The boat was recently surveyed by a professional wooden boat builder. The hull was found solid but the pilot house needs rebuilt. And of course all the cosmetic details. 27' long and trailerable, this tiny ship would make a nice economical coastal cruiser. We can put you in contact with the owner.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 08/28/2021

Our Swifty 14 is SOLD. This is a well behaved, roomy 14 footer with a like new sail. A donation of $650.00 makes this yours. An excellent little trailer is available for sale with this boat. $1,550.00 for both.

07/25/2021

We'll offer this first to local boat builders who need a few pounds. We have scrap sheet lead available at $1.25 lb. Contact through our facebook PM

07/25/2021

Evan finally was able to experience his boat in the water. He has been working hard to make the necessary repairs. This was also his first time rowing. Now on to making it look good.

07/20/2021

The TOO FAR Water and
Natural Resources organization will meet at 6:30 p.m.
July 22 at 9228 E. Gospel Island Road in Inverness.
Joel Abramoviz, a member
of the Crystal River Boat Builders group, will give a presentation about historic boats used
on local waters.
Refreshments will be served
prior to the start of the meeting.
The organization is dedicated
to promoting conservation, restoration and sustainable use of
natural resources for present
and future generations.
A committee seeking funding
for a clean-up project on Lake
Henderson will also make a
progress report at the meeting.
For more information, call
352-634-4216.

07/02/2021

Joel checking out boat trim and his motor control engineering in this test launch. This is going to be a fun little shoreline cruiser. Watch for the completed boat- it will be available.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 07/02/2021

Evan has been working hard on his boat while learning a whole lot of good boat building and boat fixing stuff

06/20/2021

With our EGRET now on duty as a historical land display we have Egret particular sailing items for sale. If you are building a Joel White Egret or planning to this is your deal. Suitable trailer, sails with gaffs and sprit booms, and ballast. We will sell separately but are hoping to get another Egret sailing.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 06/12/2021

We lowered the SPIRIT's mast this morning for maintenance. Oiled the mast, greased the stays, and checked the hardware. All good and the mast back up in a couple of hours.

Photos from Crystal River Boat Builders's post 06/04/2021

We had a good time talking with friends at the Coastal Region Library in Crystal River this morning. After a short talk inside the SILVER TIDE got a close inspection. Photographs courtesy of the Library.

Our Story

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.

Videos (show all)

A good friend of ours dropped off a recent copy of Wooden Boat Mag. to show us the article on the put-put bateaus.  We h...
Our Palmer PW27 engine from 1968 came back to life today.  Now we have to build a boat for it!  We are considering a har...
Sailstice day.  It was hot and a weekend but a few of us put boats in Crystal River and had a nice sail anyway. On board...
Siver Tide start up prior to launch this morning
The "crystal river" in motion
We now have all three components of our drive system woking together.  The reconditioned/repitched propeller, motor, and...
we were supposed to sail back to Crystal River Sunday but decided not to
rowing the Midge
Holiday Spirit
Bill's Jimmy Skiff in a breeze

Location

Website

Address


614 NW US-19
Crystal River, FL
34428

Opening Hours

Wednesday 9am - 12am
Saturday 9am - 12pm

Other Sport & Recreation in Crystal River (show all)
Crystal River Water Bike Rentals Crystal River Water Bike Rentals
469 NE 1st Street
Crystal River, 34429

Crystal River Water Bike Rentals has the coolest experience in Crystal River with our amazing water

Nature Coast Fishing Adventures Nature Coast Fishing Adventures
Crystal River, 34429

Nature Coast Fishing Guide

Crystal River Manatees Crystal River Manatees
2880 N Seabreeze Pt
Crystal River, 34429

Swim with manatees! Fun for the whole family! Visit https://CrystalRiverManatees.com for an Exciting Manatee Adventure!

Fish Talk Seminars with Capt Marrio Castello Fish Talk Seminars with Capt Marrio Castello
9301 West Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, 34429

Keep up with our seminars by following this page.

Empire Elite Allstar Cheerleading Empire Elite Allstar Cheerleading
6843 N Citrus Avenue
Crystal River, 34432

The Royal Gems are here to shine! Keep Updated here with the newest achievements and details!

Fishcreek Glampground & Ramp Fishcreek Glampground & Ramp
1650 S Fishcreek Pt
Crystal River, 34429

This is the future site of Fishcreek Glampground - A Luxury Canvas Tent and RV Campground. While we

Crystal River Guide Service Crystal River Guide Service
12645 W Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, 34429

Providing fishing and hunting to the nature coast areas. Fishing and hunting in the backwaters to ne

Captain Arnold Martin Crystal River Guide Services Captain Arnold Martin Crystal River Guide Services
18 NE 4th Avenue Unit#1252
Crystal River, 34423

Back Country Fishing and Scalloping

Nature Coast Harley Riders Nature Coast Harley Riders
Lazy Trail
Crystal River, 34428

A page where we can get together and plan some rides. Post as much as you like! Anybody up for some

Bryan at Hunter Springs Kayaks Bryan at Hunter Springs Kayaks
36 Northeast 4th Street, Counter A
Crystal River, 34429

I have started a new and adventurous job with Hunter Springs Kayaks as a river guide! Showcasing what our beautiful town is known for. Our beautiful waters and loving manatees. Join and share my page please!

WINDY DAY II Fishing Charters WINDY DAY II Fishing Charters
Crystal River, 34442

I provide Salt and freshwater fishing Charters in Citrus County FL. For Saltwater Charters I target

Nature Coast RV Nature Coast RV
9800 N Citrus Avenue
Crystal River, 34428

Sharing our love for customers since 2008! We have everything you can think of from service to sales. Camp more, worry less!