Patti Marine in Pensacola, Fla., has been building boats for fishermen all over the USA for 40 years. But the yard’s most recent project is one of its own, a 101-foot shrimp boat, the Captain Joe. “We started building boats for ourselves,” says Frank Patti Jr., who runs the Patti family’s yard. “We were building boats with longitudinal and transverse framing, which made for a really strong vessel with nice lines. We knew what it took to build a good vessel.” According to Patti, the transverse…

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Paul Molyneaux is the Boats & Gear editor for National Fisherman.

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