Talks with Taigan: Curt Morse

Meet Curt Morse, the craftsman behind the cult favorite Caribiana Sea Skiffs. Curt brings back a classic flair to the boats that he builds, making them a treat both visually and out on the water. Here, Taigan chats with Curt about his profession and passion.

Describe your brand’s style in 3 words or less.

Handcrafted. Panache. Cool.

What is the most beautiful image, place or thing you have ever seen?

Image & Place: The Gulf of Mexico near Santa Rosa Beach, Florida at sunset.

Thing: New born babies

Whose style do you admire right now?

Sid Mashburn and Billy Reid.

What is your most prized possession?

A really good camera…Nikon D40X / Nikon 18-200mm / Nikon SB900 Speedlight

You have one full day to spend in Pensacola. What would you do?

Grab my wife, pack a cooler with smoked tuna dip and steamed shrimp, a half dozen bottles wine, 2 Fuentes Short Stories, and head out for an all day beach hopping boat ride.

Describe the outfit or accessory that makes you feel the most comfortable.

I have a favorite pair of Banana Republic jeans. Anytime I wear them, and it doesn’t matter if it’s dressed up or down, I feel like the world is in balance and that I’m at the top of it. I recently finished a photo shoot with Forbes magazine and yes, I was wearing those jeans. Bury me in them please?!

Tell us something that no one knows about you.

I secretly would love to own a small, hip neighborhood grocery store like the one around the corner from my house here in Pensacola. I’d name it City Grocery, and I’d play cool music, have a great deli bar, offer wine tastings all the time, and there would always be a smoker cooking the next days Boston butt or ribs…just like the one around the corner from my house here in Pensacola!

Oh, and I love, love, love pomegranate Tootsie Roll Pops.

Describe your most memorable Taigan find.

My favorite taigan find has to been a wonderfully simple vase thrown by Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi in 1997. I’ve been in the Shearwater studio perhaps a dozen times, I’ve spent plenty on “widgets” and pots and cups, but I’ve never seen another piece like it. I won’t mention what I paid for it in case my wife read this, but it’s as we say…in the will.  I love that the small size (6” tall) is completely overshadowed by the detail of the herons and the striking colors of the glaze. Walter Anderson’s block prints and the beautiful pottery designs from Shearwater have always held a place on our mantle or kitchen counter. I’m certain that the all of the Anderson’s are artistic gifts to the rest of us mortals.

What is your favorite item found on Taigan?

Sid Mashburn has a great boot from Russell called the Knockabout Boot. It’s the perfect boot for my lifestyle because their cool, easy to please, and looks great with jeans or an old pair of Bill’s khakis.

What is your favorite item found in your shop?

Definitely a toss up between my dog and my music.  Toby is awesome. He loves water and hotdogs. My favorite boat building music at the moment is JJ Grey and Mofro.  Good stuff!

5 Responses to Talks with Taigan: Curt Morse

  1. Graham says:

    This makes me want a boat!

  2. Jennifer says:


  3. Anna says:

    makes me want a boat and a silver fox!

  4. Beth says:

    So on the bucket list!

  5. Michael says:

    Curt’s the Man!

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