After 18 years in business we decided to retire to Florida. We bought a home in Seagate Harbor on a lagoon off the North Fork of the St Lucie River. We had our own dock (see my Boats Page for the dock with the 23 Ft. Hurricane boat) on the lagoon. I fished for Snook and Red Fish in the North Fork. While in business I sold and installed lots of CB Radios, both mobile and base units. One of my CB Radio customers, who was a licensed Captain and ran a large Yacht based in Stuart Florida, told Tom Chamberlain about me that resulting in our meeting and my working part time for Tom's Coral Reef Electronics In Stuart. It was a most enjoyable experience to install Marine Electronics on some of the most beautiful yachts. Tom was a good teacher then left me to do my thing.
I must relate this job we did for Mr. Rolland Best, owner of the Best Battery Co. of Baltimore, MD. Mr. Best was one of the nicest men to work for. He was generous to a fault and insisted that Tom do all the electronics on his vessel. The yacht was moored in Fort Lauderdale at Pier 66 so we stayed at the hotel, had all our meals while on the job. It was my job to layout all the cutouts in the teak panel that ran from Port to Starboard above the helm. This teak panel had to be about 18 inches wide at the center and curved down to the sides to about 8 inches. The bottom edge was straight from side to side about 10 or 12 Ft. long. A beautiful piece of expensive material. All the equipment installed perfectly flush mounted and made a really nice arrangement. We were proud of the result.
It was about this time I also started with my interest in stained glass. See my stained glass pages.
In 1973 we bought a lot in Hidden Harbour Estates, Inc. a Mobile Park on the Manatee Pocket and we ordered a 'Tropicaire' Mobile Home from Jensen Beach Mobile Homes and had it installed on our lot. The Park is located south of Port Salerno. The Coach, as they are called, was 24 Ft. wide and 60 Ft. long and I had an add on room 10 Ft. by 12 Ft. on the side at the back. That was the laundry room and my shop where I did my stained glass.
Our Tropicaire coach. The picture is reversed, the driveway is actually on the left, not Rt as shown.
This a picture of our home in Seagate Harbor where we moved in November 1971.
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