Butler boat circa 1939 built for a Mr. Ashburn
What a wonderful portfolio of some of the nicest boats on the bay. And they all came from one place, one family, and one soul. The Butlers. This family has had generations of craftsmen and simple humility all designed and built into timeless boats.
Butler boat #1, round stern built by Samuel O. Butler
I am not sure this collection has ever been seen all together and for sure there are a ton, couple tons, Okay 100’s of tons more out there. Especially in the small work skiff category. According to my pal Charles Williams, “owning a Butler Built Skiff with a red johnson on it was every boys dream here.” So today we get to take in some of the history from the New Global HQ, and an amazing family. The Butlers!
Butler boat 1940 for Richard Smith
Butler boat – FLORAN built for Reed Randolph 1947
Butler boat built for Franklin Schaum 1951
Butler boat mid 1950’s
Butler boat – DOTTY-O built 1956 for Olis Headley
Butler boat – A C LADY (ZEPHYR) built 1958
Butler boat – JANET-O built for Leland Robinson 1959
Butler boat – HIAWATHA built for Wallace Lewis 1964
Yes, this is the same boat we did a video on over a year ago and is still going strong. Here is the video as a reminder
Fleeton from Wray Sinclair on Vimeo.
Butler boat LOUISE-B bult for Jessie Brimer 1966
Butler boat SOUTH WIND built for John Shelton 1967
Butler boat launching MISS LUCILLE 1983 built for Calib Williamson
Butler boat ROBIN SUE 1987 & MISS LUCILLE 1984
Butler boat KATHY LEE built for Lee Pruitt 1990
Butler boat MISS BETTY built for Jimmy Gaskins 1991
Butler boat – DAISEY MAE built for Ewing Wall 1999
Butler boat IRIS MARIE built for Hudnall Haynie 2003
Butler boat 18ft sailing skiff for Rob Schindler 2006
Butler boat 12ft rowing skiff 2007
Butler boat outboard roundstern 2007 for Joya Hoyt
Butler boat 21ft deadrise built for Dick Doyle 2009
Butler boat Center console built for Tom Sentz 2014
Butler boat 21ft & 18ft built for T L Berry 1983 & 1985
There are more out there and even more that have been saved over the years, and repaired, including Sweet Pea over a decade ago with a new refasted Hull. Stay tuned.