The history of Mirage Manufacturing mirrors the biography of Ken Fickett. For nearly 40 years, Mirage has been building high-performance sailboats and sportfishing boats under the Mirage brand name. Since the late 90s, it has been building Great Harbour Trawlers, now known as America's Go-Anywhere Liveaboard.
The Gainesville, Florida company employs a steady workforce of skilled boat builders who undergo regular training and re-training programs as new skills are required.
Mirage craftsmen are leaders in the proper use of fiberglass technology, and our ability to produce state-of-the-art laminates ensures that your boat will be built to stand up to the most severe conditions.
Our wood workers are renown for their skills, and their exquisite workmanship has caught the attention of the local media. Read about our custom home furnishing projects.
Ken Fickett has chosen the path of controlled growth for his company, and while other boatbuilders have come and gone during the past 40 years, Mirage has continued to prosper by building ONE BOAT AT A TIME. We're big enough to be efficient, yet small enough to be manageable and to stay healthy even during challenging economic times.
Doing business with Mirage Manufacturing is doing business with the Fickett family, as Ken's wife, Becky, and son, Travis, are part the Mirage Team. Becky is Mirage's Office Manager and is responsible for keeping the business side of the company running smoothly. Travis has grown up following Ken's footsteps learning the boatbuilding business, and today he serves as the company's Information Technology Manager.
Next year marks Ken Fickett's 50th year in the boatbuilding industry, but he has no plans to retire or sell his business. As he says, "I'm having too much fun doing what I love to do." But like many of us, he dreams one day of slowing down and spending more time cruising. It's Ken's dream to fit out a Great Harbour Trawler of his own and to use it as a mothership for bonefishing throughout the Out Islands of the Bahamas. Boats are in Ken's blood, and it's reassuring to know that he'd like to spend the next chapter of his life on one of his own boats.