In late 1986, two regulars from my charter-fishing parties loaned my partner and me what we needed to build our first boat because we couldn't get anything from the banks. We found an old building in Williston, North Carolina, on Jarrett Bay. The rent was $250 a month, and it had dirt floors and a leaky roof that let in rain and snow. One of my first calls was to order a drum of West System epoxy resin. The operator asked me the name of the company, and I told her that we didn't have one yet. She said they needed to ship that quantity of epoxy to a manufacturer, not an individual, so I looked out the window and said, "I'm Jarrett Bay Boatworks," and the order was on its way. We started building the 52-foot Sensation in December 1986, and finished that boat in January 1988. When it was completed, another charter captain came by and asked us to build him one. And before we finished that boat, we had orders for two more. It occurred to me that boatbuilding might be a better way to supplement our fishing income after all.