Port Aransas has a long history with a particular boat named after its designer and builder Charles Frederick Farley. The boat was initially needed to handle the choppy waters of the Gulf while fishing for Tarpon. In 1915 the Farley and Son Boat Builders company was founded with the idea of building unique boats in Port Aransas for the rough waters of the Gulf and Tarpon fishing. These boats had a large bow to break the waves and relatively low sides to make fishing easier.
Here is a famous picture of President Roosevelt catching a Tarpon from a Farley boat.
The Tarpon eventually ran out, and the Farley Boat Works stopped building boats.
Today Port Aransas keeps the spirit of the Farley Boat alive through the Farley Boat Works Museum (which we will visit another time) and cement Farley Boats scattered around town.
This post will give you an idea of some of the Farley boats on display.
The first shows a boat that the owner painted to match the house
This next one is in front of a business which I featured a couple of Sunday’s ago. All pink indeed blocks out the boat name.
I love this next one since it is in front of a person’s house. Notice the water waves at the bottom of the boat and the beware of dog sign on the fence. (I sure did) The flowers are lovely.
This next one is in front of the newspaper office and has some plants as well as a partially hidden cat ready to have some fish. You can also tell by the color of the grass in these pictures that we have not had any rain since early June.
This one is interesting in that the owner painted it to look like wood and then loaded it with rocks. (which don’t require much water)
This next one is also painted to look like wood and has a beautiful turquoise deck.
These next three are along the road wich leads to Robert’s Point Park. The last of the three is quite colorful.
This boat is outside the Chamber of Commerce. Hard to believe these boats are made out of concrete isn’t it?
The next three are in front of businesses.
The final boat for this tour is in front of the cutest house that is under remodel. A little bit of the porch is visible.
I hope you liked the Farley Boat tour.