Hacker-Craft Unveils New Models
Silver Bay-based Hacker-Craft Boat Company has unveiled two new models of its world famous mahogany boats.
At the Fort Lauderdale boat show in October, the company displayed the new 32-foot Sport XL Twin, which features a deep-set cockpit sole, spacious accommodations and two 6.0L Crusader 375 hp engines.
Unique to this boats design is a fore-deck cuddy, a never-before seen feature for Hacker-Craft. A refrigerator and a wet-bar have been added behind the helm seat as well. Hacker-Craft president George Badcock said the appeal of this particular boat is that “it can handle larger waters” making it a perfect tender for the luxury yachts on display at the show.
“This is a new design for us, one that speaks to the needs of the mega yacht industry,” said Badcock,. “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to build the tender for a yacht as large and beautiful as Odessa II. We are now working on potential tenders for several other yachts, and look forward to growing our tender business.”
Badcock said Goodhue & Hawkins Navy Yard has been selected to represent Hacker-Craft on Lake Winnipesaukee. The firm has purchased two Hacker-Craft for stock.
“We are thrilled to be representing Hacker-Craft, one of the most beautiful boats in the world and an iconic brand in the boating industry. Hacker-Craft is very well regarded on Lake Winnipesaukee, where boats made with traditional materials are appreciated. As a certified dealer we look forward to servicing the existing Hacker- Craft owners and provide sales and services to new owners,” said Cameron Pratt, President of Goodhue & Hawkins.
Interviewed at the Fort Lauderdale boat show in October, Badcock said Hacker-Craft has signed a contract with Bennington Marine to trim the exterior of their “Q” Series pontoon boats with mahogany. The prototype was at the Lake George Marine Dealers in-water boat show in Lake George Village in September. The Bennington 2575 QCW I/O displayed by Snug Harbor Marina had been trimmed in African mahogany by StanCraft Boats in Post Falls, Idaho.
Badcock said the first Bennington, a 28-foot model, will be delivered to the Hacker-Craft production facility in Ticonderoga by the end of November. “We’re planning on having it ready for the boat show in Hartford (Conn.) at the end of January,” he said. “Then it will be on display at the Boston Boat Show the third week of February.”
Badcock said the boat will be sent to them stripped down. “They’re sending the interior with it but it won’t be installed. We’ll mount the interior after we finish the wood work,” he said. Badcock said he sees the association with Bennington as a positive advancement for the company. “In the future this could be another arm of our business. We’ll certainly have room to do projects like this when our new building is completed in Queensbury,” he said.”