Homage to a Legend

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It’s #flashbackfriday and today we’re paying homage to a maritime legend and #sarasota resident George Luzier.
Having served many years in the U.S. Merchant Marine, Luzier’s designs reflect the strength and simplicity of true seafaring vessels. Their clean lines and classic forms were a popular choice among early Boca Grande tarpon fisherman. Ranging in size from 8 to 50 feet in length, Luzier’s boats garnered an almost cult following with those who admired his dedication to traditional ship building techniques. During his more than 50 years of crafting boats he never switched to fiberglass construction noting that, “he would never build a boat with stuff that smelled that bad.”
Unfortunately, Luzier passed away in August of 2020 and production of these majestic boats has been permanently halted. Luzier’s tools, plans, and drafting equipment have been donated to the Gulf Coast Maritime Museum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of boat building on the Gulf Coast of Florida.