What’s in a boat name? Hemmingway tackled giant blue marlin on his “Pilar”. Quint pitted his “ Orca” against the legendary great white shark, JAWS, and Columbus had three – the “Nina” …
Kent Ullberg Visits with GH Outpost at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is billed as the world’s largest boat show, and it certainly lived up to the hype on Friday as huge crowds packed the exhibit areas. The Guy Harvey booth was swamped the entire day, with industry pros and Average Joes alike extending their well-wishes and congratulations on the reopening of the Bimini Big Game Club.
One of the many industry celebrities that passed through to visit with the Guy Harvey Outpost team was famed sculptor Kent Ullberg, who delighted fans of the BBGC with his tale of how he came to select a swordfish for display in front of the IGFA HQ in Dania Beach, and how the sculpture came to be cast in stainless steel rather than the traditional bronze.
Kent originally won the job after the IGFA conducted a worldwide search for the right artist and design. Kent’s concept was inspired by memories of catching swordfish from his family’s commercial fishing boat in his native Sweden, a selection that also fit well within the scope of the IGFA due to the swordfish’s iconic stature in big game fishing. The IGFA’s architect wanted the sculpture to match the stainless steel exterior of the building, but the technology for casting in stainless steel didn’t exist at that time. However, Kent rose to the challenge, figured out the correct process, and is now considered the world’s leading expert on casting in stainless steel.
Kent’s talents will again be put on display when he designs the Lerner Trophy, a perpetual award that will be given each year at the Bimini Big Game Club’s blue marlin tournament, an annual event that will kick off this coming May 18th. Stay tuned for more details.