Captain Janet Hall and the Sea Mist Fishing Fleet

Captain Janet Hall and the Sea Mist Fishing Fleet

Coming to Florida as a young child, Captain Janet Hall had an immense love for the ocean. Her first job was free diving for shells from a glass bottom boat. In the late 1930’s she and her first husband, Capt. Dan Garnsey, pioneered drift fishing in Pompano. In 1940, to help crew their boats, Janet became the first licensed ‘female’ ocean operator with the US Coast Guard. In the 1950’s Janet and her second husband, Capt. Wendall Hall, moved their blended family of 8 children to Boynton to start the Sea Mist Fishing Fleet. She strived to bring tourists to the Boynton area and, recognizing a need for boatmen, they purchased the Boynton Marina in 1956. Soon after, they expanded it with the purchase of Lyman’s docks. They worked the Marina for nearly 40 years providing Boynton with a fishing fleet, in and out boat storage, boat sales and service, a tackle and bait shop, dive shop, and fuel dock all the while struggling through recessions and the fuel crisis’ of the 70’s.

Janet was one of Boynton’s first and strongest businesswomen and civic leaders. She was very active in the Boynton Chamber, a founder of the Soroptomist Club and her church, The First Church of Christian Science, in Boynton Beach. She and Wendall retired in the late 80’s. The drift boat Sea Mist III still operates daily from the Boynton Harbor Marina and the legacy is carried on today by Janet’s grandchildren. She passed away just shy of her 97th birthday having lived here happily, until her last day.