While researching for our blog, we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with several interesting people. We journeyed into Destin and met Mr. David A Krebs the owner of Ariel Seafood who generously shared information about his family’s history, the first family to invest in a commercial venture of Sailing In Destin. We also spoke with Kathy Blue, the director of Destin History and Fishing Museum.
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.
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.
The Roots Of Sailing In Destin
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!