Ken Fickett - Owner, Founder & President of Mirage Mfg.

Ken fickett started as a pre-teen helper in one of the last wooden boat shops on the Miami River. Sweeping up, caring for tools and acting as a gofer, he learned boat building from one of the best.

35 years later he’s still at it! Having started his own boat building company, Mirage Manufacturing, in Gainesville, Florida at the same spot on N.E. 20th where he finds himself today. Same address! Same phone number for over 30 years!

He’s built some of the most competitive MORC racing sailboats, high performance airplanes, a line of fast, offshore sportfishing boats and now, the Ultimate Live Aboard line of trawlers, the Mirage Trawlers.

Learn more about his philosophy in an interview he recently gave to PassageMaker Magazine.

Ken Fickett checks the oil on board “Semper Fi,” the prototype Great Harbour N37.

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