Re: Looking for a place on the hard near Tampa
You might take a look at Snead Island Boat
Works on the Manatee River in Palmetto, south Tampa Bay area. The yard has a good reputation.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."