Curt Whiticar grew up in a boating family. He became a charter fisherman who decided to build his own boat. Then, he built boats for his father and brothers. As his boats became well known for performing well in the rolling ocean waters , he decided to open a boat building and repair business. "Whiticar Boat Basin", then "Whiticar Boat Works" was established in 1947. It has recently been sold.
Curt was primarily a self-taught painter, taking only one or two art classes. He started painting when he was 14 years old.. Upon retiring at the age of 75, he concentrated on his painting and golfing. Most of his artwork is based on his lifelong experiences. Curt's family moved to Stuart, Florida when he was six years old and he lived in Stuart for 100 years.
After his retirement from the boat building business at the age of 75, he continued working at his workbench in his corner of the shop. In the photo on the left, he is constructing a frame for one of the pictures he recently completed. He continued painting and making the frames until his death at the age of l06.
If you are interested in knowing more about Curt, his personal narrative as a book, “Whiticar Waterway Tales” is available for purchase.
Curt showing a newly finished painting. He stretched his canvass, painted the picture, made a frame for the picture, and then documented each picture.
Curt was acquainted with Beanie Backus and often referred to him as a mentor. He painted two painting featuring Beanie in the paintings.
Curt celebrated 106 birthdays. He frequently enjoyed several parties as there was a family party, a Whiticar Boat Works party, and perhaps a birthday celebration with his golfing buddies. (He golfed weekly until the age of 99).
Curt established Whiticar Boat Works in 1947. The company built boats that became world famous among the power boating communities. He sits here on one of the 63 custom built boats. He designed the boats and was involved in all stages of the construction of the boats. He retired at the age of 75, but continued to be involved in the bu
Curt established Whiticar Boat Works in 1947. The company built boats that became world famous among the power boating communities. He sits here on one of the 63 custom built boats. He designed the boats and was involved in all stages of the construction of the boats. He retired at the age of 75, but continued to be involved in the business. His expertise in lettering the name of the boat in gold leaf on the stern was legendary.