Photo: Scott Henley & Son, Connor Henley
The way Bahama Boat Works owners saw it, if you’re going to be on the water, you should be in the finest fishing boat possible. Owners Bob Sparks, Scott Henley and Rob Thomson have dedicated themselves to making their Bahama Boat line the epitome of luxury fishing boats. All lifelong fishermen who hold the highest standards of craftsmanship, they had one thing in mind when creating and fine-tuning the vessel: uncompromising quality.
The offshore super center console craft has been described as the “Bentley of fishing boats”, complete with a proven performance hull and engines built for speed yet never compromising seaworthiness and a smooth solid ride. The Bahama Boats are geared toward experienced fishermen who aim for both style and power. As eye catching as the boats are from a distance, examining them close up allows for even more appreciation of the design, workmanship and purpose.
From its layout to its fit and finish, each Bahama craft includes a remarkable amount of clever details, like all hatches and doors having fully finished liners. As the boats were built, they installed fully lined consoles that contain a spacious head and a full 13 feet of below-deck storage length. Carefully chosen hardware components for its individual beauty and durability, the Bahama Boat Works crafts are even coated in the highest level of UV resistance available to protect its beauty from the harsh elements. Every component is top shelf, from the most mundane unseen fasteners to the electrical wiring harnesses.
Owners of these fishing boats include some of the world’s most respected names, including golfing legend Greg Norman and football players Don Stallings, and royalty such as the Crown Prince of Dubai and Sheikh of Qatar. Most owners are repeat buyers, owning more than one Bahama in their lifetimes. The creation of Bahama Boat Works is a culmination of years and years of on-the-water experience and personal drive. Scott Henley’s own vast fishing experience allowed him input in perfecting the layout and the usefulness of the products.
“It was important for us to make the boat fisherman-friendly, user-friendly and logical to the people who really use their boats,” Scott says. “The boats are unique products for the discriminating boat guy, for the educated boat connoisseur, for the person who desires the absolute best, not only in product but also in service.”
Scott remembers a phone call he received from a Bahama owner on July 4. The owner – who had previously purchased two other boats, and is looking to order his second Bahama – took his Bahama craft to the Bahamas for the holiday week and while there needed to change out a boat part. He called Scott, who then found the part in Florida and flew his own personal plane that same day to deliver the part and stayed to service the boat.
“What really separates them from their competition is the hands-on approach with the owners, the attention to detail and the no-compromise service after the sale that is so unique.” – Steve Moynihan - Owner of HMY Yachts
Childhood friends from northern Palm Beach County, Bob, Scott and Rob grew into avid fishermen who then segued their love of the sport into a business. “Growing up, if I wasn’t on the water, I wasn’t happy,” Scott says.
The fervent fisherman, who has won several tournaments, Scott eventually became a boat captain and sailed along the Eastern seaboard with multiple custom sport fishing boats. After years of captaining, running boat charters and rigging the world’s finest boats, Scott joined Bob Sparks and other partners to create Venture Marine, Inc., which built and sold high-end offshore open fishing boats in 1994. Both Bob and Scott eventually left Venture Marine, Inc., with Bob starting Bahama Boat Works in 2004 in West Palm Beach and Scott later joined him in 2006 as co-owner of Bahama Boat Works, selling the boats and becoming a point of contact for customers, and relaying invaluable feedback.
“I’m constantly building boats in my head,” Bob says. “I’m always working because I need to stay ahead of the competition when manufacturing. I’m always two or three boats ahead.”
A personal owner of two Bahama crafts, Rob Thomson saw the success his two childhood friends were having and came into the company to offer his marketing strategy. For Rob – an avid fisherman and boater – it has been a natural extension of a luxury brand of which he has long been a part. As managing partner of Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, Rob heads a high-end real estate firm known around the globe for representing sophisticated properties and clients. In the end, it only made sense for Rob to incorporate his business prowess and marketing acumen into a watercraft company as luxurious as his real estate one. “Rob was a big promoter of our company even before he came in as a co-owner,” Scott says. “And now his marketing will put us even more on the map.”
Through Waterfront Properties and Club Communities, Rob has a marketing and internet reach that spans around the globe, reaching avid, high-end boat lovers from Jupiter to Dubai. And no matter where buyers come from, the Bahama Boat Works emphasize they will be their lifelong allies at sea, available immediately for the rare moments the high-quality craft needs servicing.
“Most times after the sale, our owners only call us to go fishing,” – Scott jokes.
In mid 2019, Scott Henley became majority owner and operator of Bahama Boat Works and continues the vessels legacy and reputation, "Absolutely Nothing Compares."
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