To support their mission to restore and protect Florida's water, Captains For Clean Water is raffling off a one-of-a-kind boat custom crafted by Hell's Bay Boatworks in Titusville, Florida, and packed full of gear from YETI.
"Hell’s Bay Boatworks and YETI are brands that embody conservation commitment and leadership. They have invested their name and resources into securing clean water protections in Florida. We’re proud to partner with them on initiatives like this raffle that support our mission and bring more people into the clean water fight," says Capt. Chris Wittman, Director of Outreach & Engagement, Captains For Clean Water.
The boat is a 17-foot Hell's Bay Eldora, a technical, lightweight “micro-skiff” stripped down to the essentials and engineered for poling the flats with stealth, outfitted with a 25-hp Yamaha outboard, custom SeaDek floor kit, Ram-Lin aluminum trailer, Raymarine Axiom 7 GPS, a Stiffy 22-foot Guide Series Push Pole and a boatload of YETI gear.
As the first-ever YETI edition, the boat features unique touches such as a YETI Hondo Base Camp Chair and Tundra Cooler for cockpit comfort and a seat cushion made with proprietary waterproof YETI Panga material.
Supporters can donate to Captains For Clean Water for a chance to win now through November 25th at cfcw.rallyup.com/2022hbraffle/. Every donation supports the mission to protect and restore Florida's water resources for the enjoyment of all. A winner will be drawn at random on December 1st, 2022.
"Conservation is at the heart of everything we do. Hell’s Bay Boatworks has committed from day one to fight alongside Captains For Clean Water in the pursuit of the restoration of the Everglades. By donating the Eldora as this year’s raffle skiff, we are investing in the protection of Florida’s waters now and for future generations," says Chris Peterson, owner of Hell’s Bay Boatworks.
Hell's Bay Boatworks owners, Chris and Wendi Peterson have placed conservation as one of the core values at Hell’s Bay, supporting organizations like Captains For Clean Water that in turn support the environments and ecosystems vital to our passions.
The Petersons, their talented team at Hell's Bay headquarters, and their families, are actively involved in clean water advocacy, often providing boats for ecosystem tours with key decision-makers and meeting with policymakers in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.
Most recently, Hell's Bay and YETI worked closely with Captains For Clean Water during opposition campaigns to combat proposed bad water policy, Senate Bill 2508. These efforts resulted in a victory when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill on June 8th.
"This is about more than a boat. Throughout the outdoor industry, there is a movement surging to spearhead conservation efforts and defend our natural resources against industrial corruption and political horse-trading," says Capt. Daniel Andrews, Executive Director, Captains For Clean Water. "When brands, sportsmen and women, fishing guides, and captains all stand together — we will win. Just like we did this year with the veto of Senate Bill 2508, the bad water bill that threatened all the progress made on Everglades restoration and water quality. This raffle is an open invitation to join the fight."
Captains For Clean Water is a Florida-based 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit on a mission to restore and protect aquatic ecosystems for the use and enjoyment of all. Founded by fishing guides, Captains has united the outdoor industry, business community, and concerned citizens at the frontlines of the fight for clean water — the lifeblood of Florida’s economy and $85.9 billion tourism industry. Learn more at captainsforcleanwater.org.