For the Keys, family and tradition are pillars of their outlook on life. And for this story you have to appreciate both.
Randy Key, a local serial entrepreneur known for his charity as much as his contributions to Abaco’s business-world (Abaco Shipping, Forest Heights Academy, Pine Woods Nursery), has spent one day a week for years visiting his good friend, Winer Malone, in Hope Town. He visits to share in company and friendship, talk of traditions and the past, and to hopefully glean some knowledge that will be lost when the last of the great, Abaco boat builders leaves.
Mr. Malone is a local ship-making legend, representing the last of the old ways of boat building. He is a maestro of a lost art. His symphonies are of wood and teak and sail.
Twenty six years ago Randy’s second son was born, Lonnie Key. To commemorate this, Mr. Malone set to the task of creating a five foot model boat for Randy and Lonnie. Now, nearly three decades later, Randy’s first son, Robert Key, welcomed his first son into the world.
Mr. Malone, a man of tradition, set again to the task of shaping one of his prize gifts. This time he’s fashioning an eight foot sailing model for Max – son of Robert and Ruth Key – Randy’s first grandson.
Abaco is an island of tradition; a community of heritage and industry. These are the stories that bind generations and family.