Leah Marguerite aka Bambi was taught how to sew in 1967 by her mother and was later sent to pattern drafting/tailoring school. Michael has worked on and around boats since the early 60′s. In 2003, after years of living and cruising on our 1957 48-foot Chris-Craft Constellation, “The Taj Mahal,” we rented a small house on the Banana River on Merritt Island to make it easier to completely refurbish her. Marguerite wanted to start a business that relied on our efforts only, born of a sense of independence and entrepreneurship, Bambi’s Boatworks & Canvas was born.

After filling out the appropriate paperwork for the state, we took on our first customer right there at the house. It was a major learning curve. Our second client needed woodwork repairs on his 35 footer. After allowing him to park it in the driveway where we would work on it, we awoke the next morning to find that he had plugged into our electric and planned on living aboard! Marguerite was able to acquire her first Industrial Sewing Machine after spending a full week detailing a boat inside and out.

Soon we moved the business to Port Canaveral where we have been since March of 2004. Marguerite oversees all the canvas and upholstery while Michael focuses on all aspects of wood work along with assorted peripheral projects and tasks. There is some overlap when it comes to building frames for canvas, brightwork, hull liners and complete refurbishments.

Marguerite attends trade shows when available in order to learn about new products/materials and the latest trends in the industry. Michael has a unique ability when it comes to design and quality. Our skills and knowledge complement each other making us a great team.