Smile N Wave Sailing Adventures - Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries, Volume 18, published 1899 – United States Fish Commission, pages 341-343

The History Of Sailing In Destin Part Two

While researching for our blog, we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with several interesting people. We journeyed into our area and met Mr. David A Krebs the owner of Ariel Seafood who generously shared information about his family’s history. We also spoke with Kathy Blue, the director of Destin History and Fishing Museum.

 

Destin History and Fishing Museum 01

Destin History and Fishing Museum 01

 

Whether you are a local interested in our area’s history or a tourist who is looking for something interesting to do, Destin History and Fishing Museum has a lot to offer! It has the oldest seine fishing boat still in existence, The Primrose, built in 1925. There is also a collection of photographs of the early settlers, boat captains, beaches and boats.

 

Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries, Volume 18, published 1899 – United States Fish Commission, pages 341-343

Bulletin of the Bureau of Fisheries, Volume 18, published 1899 – United States Fish Commission, pages 341-343

 

When we spoke with author and historian H.C. “Hank” Klein we learned that Leonard Destin actually settled in Destin in 1852 and he shared about well smacks which were sloop rigged fishing vessels that were used before the invention of artificial ice. Mr. Klein’s wife, the Marlers were the second family to settle here. Olin Marler had the largest fishing fleet in the area during early history.

 

More History of Destin

Ariel Seafood - Destin Florida
The first Charter Sailboat in Destin, the Aquarius was launched in 1971 by David Krebs Sr. Mr Krebs moved here with his family after his stay in Southeast Asia, courtesy of the United States Air Force. Among the family to move here was David Krebs Jr of the Ariel Seafood company in Destin on Mountain Drive. The fees to enjoy sailing on the Aquarius were $60 for a half day and $120 for a full day. Deckhands for the Aquarius made $7 for a half day and $14 for a full day.

 

Capt. David Krebs is among the most recent of the Destin Charter- boat Association members. He is also the first sailing captain to join the organization.

PLAYGROUND DAILY NEWS, Wednesday Morning, May 26, 1971

 

What we learned in our research for this blog post is that Sailing In Destin has a rich history from the fishing industry, commerce and tourism since the earliest settlers arrived in our area to our present day aboard the Smile N Wave with Captain Pam. Get in on this history by booking a sailing tour and come sail away with Smile N Wave Sailing Adventures!

Smile N Wave Sailing Adventures - Featured Image for The History Of Sailing In Destin Part One - Peeter's Sea storm

The History of Sailing in Destin Part One

The history of Destin goes back as early as the seventh century A.D.  It was during this time that American Indians first populated the area. Afterwards in 1538, Spanish explorers examined the expanse. Finally in 1693, the first map was developed of the East Pass and it’s shores by Don Francisco Tapia. Destin’s immediate history dates back to 1845 when a fisherman named Leonard Destin first moved from Connecticut and established his home here.

The History Of Sailing

The first known depiction of the sailboat is dated somewhere between 5000 and 5500 BCE and was discovered in Kuwait on a painted disc. As technology improved, explorers from many countries were able to sail in more severe climates and for longer distances. Throughout world and Florida history, sailing proved beneficial. Some of these benefits were for trade, war, transportation and fishing. The use of sailboats for intercontinental purposes subsequently started transitioning after the invention of the steamboat around 1830.

 

Many of the advances in yachting technology came from the fishing industry and local commercial packets. Even pirates contributed to the advances, because small, fast, and highly maneuverable vessels proved successful.

Quoted from Wikipedia

Modern Day Sailing In Destin

In current days, sailing a charter boat has become one of the most popular water excursions for locals and vacationers alike. Sailing the beautiful waters of Destin is the best way to catch a sunrise or sunset, dolphin sightings, offers fun for the entire family and even sets the stage for a romantic time spent with your significant other. There is no other form of travel that is more enjoyable and relaxing than this.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. Make sure to like and share with your family and friends on Facebook and other social media. Stay tuned for The History of Sailing in Destin Part Two. We look forward to seeing you on the water!