We just got this news. So sad.The Turner family is a fantastic family and Claude’s legacy is safe for sure. All us at WoodyBoater share our deep respect for all Claude did to enrich our community and lives. Below is the official noteification from the Turner family
Claude Turner, founder of Aristocraft boats, passed away last night peacefully at 102 years old. Claude was without a doubt a pioneer and industry leader in boat building from 1947 until his retirement in 1980. In his 33 years at the helm he produced nearly 50,000 boats, almost equally divided between wood and fiberglass. From the Torpedo 14, Funliner, and 19, the boats style and practicality was ahead of its time. Claude produced boats that most notably were affordable and able to be bought by the average family, making boating a hobby for all. The stories we continually hear remind us of what an impact boating had on their lives. So heres to you Claude, thank you and tight lines.
If you want to read more about the turners and Aristocraft We did a story a while back when the co turned 70. CLICK HERE