The Sharpie

Behind the name

The Sharpie is named for a 19th century sailboat which played an integral role in Florida' maritime history. The Sharpie's flat bottom made it perfect for navigating the shallow estuarine features along the Gulf of Mexico. Sharpies sailed from Cedar Key to Key West, Uniquely able to serve all points between. 

Florida's earliest societies relied on water transportation as well. The Tocobaga and their neighbors along the Gulf Coast moved about in long canoes made from single tree trunks. Their lives changed substantially following the arrival of the first sailboats, when Panfilo de Narvaez sailed past present day Treasure Island and anchored nearby in Boca Ciega Bay in April, 1528. B

The Sharpie boat