Ernal began constructing his dream by purchasing Atlantic white cedar (known by the locals as juniper) from East Lake, North Carolina. The greater challenge was finding a boatbuilder to do the job — it only took five tries to find the right one. Ernal's perspective: "It's my wood and my money, and if it doesn't turn out right, it's my problem." The builder who finally agreed to do the job was Willis and Sons Boatyard in Marshallberg, North Carolina. And so, in 1937, the first charter boat in North Carolina hit the water: Albatross. The boat was named after the bird from Samuel Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Ernal admired the bird's gracefulness and knew it would be the perfect name for his boat. During his first season, Ernal had four charters, but that wouldn't last long. That same year, Hugo Rutherford hired another local captain and landed the first blue marlin caught off Hatteras, a 570-pounder. However, because of the approaching war, this angling accomplishment received little attention from the media.