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Old 05-07-2014, 20:13   #1
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Sponge boats

Does anyone have any info on tarpon springs sponge boats?

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Old 05-07-2014, 20:18   #2
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Re: Sponge boats

What kind of information? Pretty broad question.

Very little commercial sponge fishing anyway. Most of the spongers switched to fish and shrimping many years ago.
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Re: Sponge boats

Here is a picture of an old one. They ren't real big 30-40 feet . Mostly for tourist activities
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Re: Sponge boats

Do they make for a good hull to convert to a sloop? Would it be able to get out of its own way? I'm tentatively looking at one on eBay and am very intrigued.

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Re: Sponge boats

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, wilray.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:11   #6
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Do they make for a good hull to convert to a sloop? Would it be able to get out of its own way? I'm tentatively looking at one on eBay and am very intrigued.
The answer 100% depends on the specific boat. No way to answer your question without more information. Over the years of sponge fishing in Tarpon Springs a lot of very different boats were used from sail to power.

So are you referring to this boat on eBay?

1903 SAROUKOS Builders;1st & or 2nd Generation CUSTOM BUILT TARPON SPRINGS SPONGE BOAT

If so, it appears to already be a gaff rigged sloop.
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