It's been reported that Belize's largest glass-bottomed boat has now taken to the seas. It finally took to the water on November 12th, after being in dry dock for nine long months. The new boat has been the vision of USA residents Roger and Linder Kurtis who, after traveling around the world looking for a place to open a coffee shop, finally settled on Belize.
It was the Kurtis' dream to open a coffee shop. The couple from Chattanooga, Tennessee, fell in love with Belize when they were indulging in a visit to Placencia. The trip changed their lives, and instead of opening up a small coffee house, the pair decided they'd like to build a glass-bottomed boat so tourists could enjoy the wonderful marine life of Belize without having to get wet. In February of this year, local boat constructor Norman Eiley started work, and now Sea'N Belize has been finished.
For those visiting and living in Belize, the latest shop will be the ideal chance to see the stunning marine habitat that lives just offshore. The huge boat is 15 feet wide and 30 feet long, with the entire frame constructed out of mahogany. Two large glass panels have been placed in the bottom of the boat, and they've been carefully angled to minimize reflection so that tourists can take beautiful pictures without awkward glare.
The construction started after the Kurtis' met Norman Eiley's son Francisco out at sea. They then contacted Norman to talk about the plans for the boat, and once the design was finalized, he set to work. When I sent the family the design they loved it, and after negotiations I began construction right away. By the time I finished building the boat, I was in love with it and didn't want to hand it over. That is the passion of building a boat. Addressing the reason why he made the boat entirely from wood, Norman explained: "I only build boats out of wood because that is the original and classic form of boat building," adding that it provided more charm.
The new boat will surely make quite a sight as it glides through the water carrying tourists wanting to explore Belize's wonderful marine environment. It is hoped that the new business will be up and running in no time at all.