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Joe has had a lifelong interest in small boats. At the age of 12 he purchased his first boat, a 10-ft. rowing and sailing dinghy with money he saved from mowing lawns. Almost immediately he had his first lesson in boat building when he had to replace the rotten keel and dagger-board trunk. At 17, after the family moved to Murrells Inlet, SC, he built his first boat from scratch, a 14-ft. skiff. Several other small boats followed including a 16-ft. daysailer.

Joe enrolled at the University of South Carolina where he joined the sailing club, learned yacht racing and helped maintain the club’s aging fleet of Penguins. He also began to race Y Flyer class sailboats.

After college, Joe had a short spell as a marina manager followed by several different jobs in management. During this period he satisfied his love of boats by creating and running a sailing campaign for the oldest active Y Flyer in the country while at the same time studying yacht design.

After moving to the Florida Panhandle in 1981 Joe took a full-time job with G&S Boats, a custom sport-fishing builder. He also designed and built a 15-ft. dory that year.

In 1988, after and inspirational trip to England and a week on the Thames, Joe founded Hogtown Bayou Boatworks in Florida. The company built rowing shells, sliding-seat Whitehalls, guideboats and dories, some in wood and some in fiberglass. He became a dedicated long distance sculler, competing in five Marathon Rowing Championships (Louisiana), several Head of the Hooch races (Georgia) and cruising much of the Florida Panhandle in his rowing shells.

In 1999, Joe relocated to Sedgwick, Maine on the Blue Hill Peninsula to be close to his parents. He took a job with the renowned Brooklin Boatyard. After helping to build Bequia, a 90-ft.
sailing yacht, he decided to return to small boat building and started Salt Pond Rowing. Joe skillfully builds his custom designed Thompson Dory and several other designs at competitive prices.

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