I'm about to retire on the Alabama Gulf Coast and want to commission someone to build me a Lafitte Skiff specifically for shrimping. I prefer inboard engine (454 cu. in. GM or equivalent), but at this point, will consider twin outboards although they could restrict the haul-in work area (fantail).
I need a small pilothouse on about a 26 to 30-footer with not more than a 8'6" beam so I can tow her to a boat launch. Capabilities for towing are in the neighborhood of 10,000-lb.
If necessary, I could drive to the east coast for pick-up. I've researched all my favorite options in Louisiana, but the one guy I knew could build one was wiped out in Hurricane Katrina. Googling for Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas have produced nothing...on the Internet, anyway. I'm going to start calling everyone without a website in the website directories.... Going to be lotsa phone calls.
About a year ago, I saw someone build one and show his progress right here on this forum, but have no info regarding the builder, and since then, the thread seems to have been deleted.
Any input or referrals? :?: