Tributes’ story dates back more than 30 years, when a 
young Rich Scheffer Sr. was the head boat builder for the legendary  
tournament boat building pioneer, Jim Smith.  Alongside Jim Smith, the team 
went on to build at the time some of the fastest and most advanced 
sportfishers on the water. Following the death of Jim Smith,  Scheffer went 
out on his own in September of 1992.  He named the company Tribute 
Performance Boats, as a “Tribute” to his mentor and lifetime friend, Jim Smith. 
Scheffer would go on to build some of the fastest, most fuel efficient and 
advanced sportfishers on the water. The first two Tributes were built for race car industry pioneers Hank Manley and Dick Moroso. With both of these guys obviously having a craving for a performance focused sportfishing boat that handled much like their race cars- they turned to Rich Scheffer Sr. The need for speed, strength and superb engineering for longevity was to become the foundation of each new Tribute to follow. These “cheetahs” of the sea were immediately recognized for achieving 40+ knot performance and for being superbly built- exuding Palm Beach quality. With many in the fleet measuring in at over 70 feet, the larger Tributes were built with the plan to travel extensively, stay on the troll and follow the fish without coming back to home port for major service. We have grown with our customers and have strived to remain at the forefront of performance and sportfishing for over 21 years now.  Additionally, the Tribute fleet has captured 3 Custom Boat Shootout Titles, at this wonderful annual charity event among hosting the industry’s “best of the best” in custom boats and tournament teams.  We are proud of our owners, captains, mates and anglers that continue to support the Custom Shootout while putting our boats to the test- season after season. 

                                                                            The tradition continues today with the addition of son-                                                                 
                                                                          Rich Scheffer Jr  to the management team. The Tribute             
                                                                          legacy continues as we begin crafting the “Next Generation” of Performance   
                                                                          Boats and growing our sales & service organization to meet all  of our
                                                                          clients needs. 

      Once you build a boat with Tribute, you become apart of our family and we look forward to crafting your masterpiece.
                             The Tribute Fleet
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