Hacker-Craft boats are built at our production site in Ticonderoga, NY, just a few miles north of our headquarters on beautiful Lake George in Silver Bay, NY. The site includes 32,000 square foot main building and separate buildings for metalwork, upholster,y and final finishings of each boat. The main building is a state of the art facility, where forty craftspeople spend 1500-2000 hours hand-building each Hacker-Craft. Each boat begins as a pile of mahogany at the east end of the main building, and when it reaches the west end it is a completed boat. New clients are always amazed at our internal processes and enjoy tours to see progress on their boats as they are being constructed.
Today, Hacker-Craft’s are hand-crafted with the finest select mahoganies available, while utilizing the same the design plans John L. Hacker that launched the legacy. Many of our models look like classic original 1920’s and 1930’s boats above the waterline but significant improvements have been made throughout, thanks to improved modern boat building techniques and more modern materials.
Utilizing these new technologies and materials, today’s Hacker contemporary classic boats are built with “dry” bottoms: Modern epoxies are layered between each of three planking layers of mahogany. Not only are the dry bottoms incredibly strong and resilient, their maintenance has been drastically reduced. No more replacing rope caulk, wetting and swelling, or yearly refinishing. Our dry bottom boats are so advanced and dependable, that the Hacker Boat Company provides all owners of new Hacker-Craft with a limited ten (10) year boat hull warranty.
The fiberglass boat manufacturers of today’s modern market mass produce nice boats. We build classics, one at a time. The life of a Hacker-Craft is measured not in years, but in generations. A Hacker-Craft is never out of style. Not now. Not a hundred years from now.