The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 22, 1968 · Page 60
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 60

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 22, 1968
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The Brazosport Facts. Freeport, Texas, Sunday. Sept., 22, 1088 Cfazosport Afesi->WMe, PA6E Boaf-bu/'/ders reach across sea for new buyers Mow Is progress to bi> inons- urndv In ninny bu.slw-ssos and In- diinlrlo.s, II cnit IKS mnusunid by tin.' yardsticks of dollars nnd cents, r|ii!iiUllli;s of imsr- <:handls<>. expansion nt facilities, or mmilier <>l people cm ployed. Tor the Drazosixjrt nrt-a bout-builders, proEnjs.s can be measured by tho simple fact that (hoy arif still hen. 1 . Hoi;i,-r lloss, owner <>t S«a lions Martin; Lntorprlses, salrl that 2'iyuarsaKouvuryoii'.'flis- uri.-d the shrimp Industry would full and (hn \ni a t - builders didn't liavu a pruyur. Morn (Irmly untrunchvl than evi.-r In 1'JOB, Kattwrint: now buyors and reachlm; across ocuiins, I loss bolli.-vos bo.'it- buildurs hav<- taken a Riant step forward. lloss 1 .shipyard on (hi- Old Iinr/'>s Is tin; must .stronnly established In the area. Olh- er.s have fluctuated over the years, rising and fallini; with the demands o( locally-ov.ri<.-d linns, l-'rank Ciipull, whoo'*nsCa- poll Marlni', Inc. on the In- trocoastal Waterway nl quln- tiirm, said 1m has been bulld- lnn bouts for over 1C years. Hi? redtlled a time when lift and his son, then 11, built a shrimp boat from start to llnlsh by themselves. He now has alxjnt a loiir- itiaii operation, and Is frantically turning out 7r,-foot shrimp Ixiats. oneontra'-lwlth Liberty I Ish and Oyster Co,, lie has completed two of tlie loals so lar this year; a third, "Cieurc.e C.," Is near completion, and a lourth should In* finished by (he end of the year. This tyi*; of boat sells at nUjiit $1,000 i/er loot, he said. Cape!) said he jell ov. \cr jn- is- bidldlni: on speculation, feels more cominrtable tin contract. Ills 1'J'il w ork <• slslnl of converting pp-vlo I) coiislriicti-d olf-ihore oil ploratloii bouts inlo *ihriin|> boats. The three Br,-foot Ujats had lii-eti built lor Freuiiorl Offshore, Inc. by Ca|<t;ll diirlni; I DCS- lOGO. In the same )*;- rind, ho had built a 75-foot freezer boat lor shrimping in South America, A. W. Davis Sr. Is another builder like CapcdI. All either of thorn really need to uo Into business Is a pile of steel and an open place somewhere near the water, Davis and his son. A. \V. Davis .Jr., build boats at Surfside on the other side of the Old Brazos from Capoll. They are Just siartlnp. Ijack Into business for themselves after bulldlm; boats for Hush Industries until that company closed down last sear. They started with Hush In l r JC-l. Davis .Sr. said that after Hush closed down, he and his son did some repair work before getting a slart again wlfh a 75-foot shrimp boat completed around Aug. 1 (or An- thoir. Houdouln of Aransas Pas .s. The) are now getting started on two more 75-foulersfor .Stewart and Stcphenson, a Houston company. Davis Jr. said their txiats have air coivJItlonlnp,, radar, I-'KOM STAHT TI i HMSH, all the w<>r',. (jf bulldlnr. a stet-l shrimp Ual at MM llus.s Marli*- Knti-rprlM's | n J<.n,' man nail;. Ili-ri' a widdi-r -AurV of <)!»• nl the fnur l-nfll. 1 ) piv.seiitl) muli-r constructli'ii ai tl" 1 shipyard. Hoi;t-r lloss, owner, said the current trend In IXJHItnilldiiii: is toward iiuallt.. and that's what he alms for on his products. Ui-cause of this ran-, Hovs claims In- has tln-lnwi-si Insiiranci- rate.s on the Gulf (.'nast, a yearly saving for putentlal lm>ers. GROWING WITH BRAZOSPORT THANKS TO YOU OUR MANY FINE CUSTOMERS r Mayflower HUKLtt HlUt WHIM . A LITTLE INGKNflTV goes a loiii'. way when a four- man operation such as Frank Capell's at Capell Marine Inc. at Qulntana must turn out shrimp boats at a quick pace. Capell has converted two mixers from the back of cement trucks Into a home-made sand blaster which lakes only one man to operate and. he said, saves mone\. IflETCHER MOVING & STORAGE) 110? Iroiosport IUd., Freeport 233-5447 TRY A BOSTON SHAKE AT Tastee freer and all modern equipment and comforts, and sell /or about $100,000-$! 10.000, Things are a lot different since working for Hush Industries: while there they built or rebuilt 5H boats In a three- year period. But Davis and son like being back In business for Ummsehe.s. and see nothing but roses In their future. Capell and Davis do their building mostly for local firms. But Hoss claims to have built only one new boat for a local company, and said he llki's to go out and gel his business. That Is precisely what he does. Known all along the Gulf Coast, his boats also turn up In New England waters and off South American coasts. He has a contract for a total of five boats to go to the French Guineas, and Is negotiating with a Llberlan company. Moss said he was ready to start some boats for Nigeria, but the war in that African country ended that deal abruptly. lloss owns part of Acnpesca, a firm In Colombia. South America, for which he delivers new and rebuilt boats. Besides his building work, he has a thriving rer-ralr business, and operates 25 Ixjats in the Guineas. Colombia and locally. This year he has rebuilt four boats for South American use. delivered one combination dragpcr and industrial boat to New England and two shrimp boats. At his shipyard are four boats presently under construction, ranging from 08-85 feet. His business saw a big growth period during IflCG- 19C7. At that time, under contract to a London-owned firm sending boats to Trinidad, he had as many as lOooats under construction at one time. Moss estimated his building and repair work alone will bring In about $1,000.000 this year, a slightly higher figure than last year's work produced. Sea Hoss Marina builds quality boats, and has the cheapest Insurance rates on the Gulf Coast, lloss said. He said his boats get two of each type of electronic equipment, so if one falls the other will still I* operational. He said the trend in boat- building Is now toward more quallt). Shrimptxiatsare making longer hauls, and buyers- are looking for the lower insurance rates and more comfort for crews, as well as more advanced electronic equipment. Hi- said the i-1 ec t ronic equipment on the new boats alone costs more than the entire boats prmiuci-l onl> a few- years ago. Kmilpnient bt-ini: Installed on the- modern long-range shrimp boats Include- freezers to keep shrimp fresh; l.u- ran. a position-fin hiv.device; radar, to track weather and other ships; an-! electronic depth-.sound in;' di- 1 . ice-. One of the Iv-ats unler IMII- struciioii now 31 St-a llo.s.s Marina will ha.v a Ir.-.iraulic winch of new design —capable of operating nets at a depth of 30."; fathoms. The boat should be launched this month. (Continued ^n Page 10) THE MNE-l'P of boats under construction :it Sea lloss Ma-' rlne Enterprises Includes four shrimpers, ranging from 08-85 Ici-l in lei.gth. The smaller boat in the center will go to South America: the boat at the far right will have an all-hydraulic winch of new design that can operate shrimping equipment down to 300 fathoms to haul Indeep-water shrimp. Hoger lloss. owner, said the future of Brazosport boat- builders looked "Just fine." .- • • _ ~ -.. . iKhT* • - a -S^A»ri- "*.,. ^.---y *'i'jH2;^*»'? -SEA HOSS Marine Enterprises, above, located on the- north bank of the Old Brazos In Fret-port, build boats for sale and for its own operation. Ho. er ha.s operations on three continents. His boats turn up off Ne-.v Eni'lan 1 an i tin- Gulf Coast as well as ;i. African and south can waters, lloss oj ,.rates 2H l-.oat.s of his own. l.aso:u- now bi-im: completed that will >-oalter "Ho;.al he is,' 1 an e 1 u s i ve -leep-w a t e r shrin.I'. His ship;.:ir i, center of tlu- phot,'graph. has four shrimp boats ;;.- •.ier construction. Stop Fishing Around! WE HAVE WHAT YOl — NEED — Nets Of All Kinds... TRAWL NETS SPORT NETS ALL FISHING NETS INCLUDING DECORATIVE J LEROY * NET & SUPPLY CO, 410 W. BRAZOS Whatever The Size... Whatever The Type... Davis Shipbuilding Stands Ready To Serve Your Needs! •PARTY BOATS -CREW BOATS •OIL BOATS -TOW BOATS ,<v -SHRIMP BOATS ? 25 YEARS IN MARINE CONSTRUCTION i DAVIS SHIPBUILDING A. W. DAVIS and A. W. DAVIS JR. CALL FREEPORT 233-4701 233-4601

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