Bob Hewes began building wooden boats in the 1950s. By the 1960s he was working in fiberglass and would later develop Kevlar hulls. He sold his creations from his North Miami business, Bob Hewes Boat and Ski Shop which he owned and operated until the mid 1980s, when he sold the boat manufacturing to Maverick Boats and the dealership to his son-in-law, Jim Wiborg.
While the boating community rightly applauds Hewes for his contribution to the industry, several generations of flats fishermen owe him a debt of gratitude as the developer of the first dedicated flats skiff, the Hewes Bonfisher. It was on this boat that the conventions of the sport first appeared, as Hewes worked with local anglers and guides to adapt trim tabs to small hulls and mounted the first poling tower on a skiff, among other innovations. It was Hewes' archetypal flats skiff that has carried thousands of fly and a light tackle anglers on their first foray across the brilliant shallows of South Florida and the Keys, cementing their passion for bonefish and tarpon fishing on the flats and creating an angling specialty and industry truly unique to South Florida.