Fodor's Expert Review Ansil Saunder's Boat Building Shop

North Bimini Museum/Gallery
In Bailey Town, near the government park, is Ansil Saunder's boatbuilding shop where you can see his beautiful flats fishing boat called the Bimini Bonefisher, handcrafted from oak, mahogany, and native horseflesh. Ansil is firstly a bonefisherman of some repute, having scared up a 16-pound, 3-ounce bonefish for Jerry Lavenstein in 1971—the still-standing bonefish world record. Ansil is equally famous for taking Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a guided boat tour to the East Bimini wilderness. Dr. King wanted inspiration for an upcoming speech to be given for striking sanitation workers in Memphis. He found it in the mangroves, so rich in life and full of God's Creation, says Ansil, who recited his Creation Psalm to King. Three days after the Memphis speech, Dr. King was killed. To those interested, Ansil proudly shows memorabilia from Dr. King's wife and various VIPs.

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