This past week at Lake Dora I was reintroduced to Grand Craft boats from our pal Dave Bortner at Freedom Boat Service. Freedom is now a dealer for Grand Craft, and to be honest, at first I was.. Okay, ya! Hey I am being honest here. Replicas are not my thing, I need more. Like a soul. Some history and a deeper story.
WELL! Was I wrong. Ignorance is a wonderful thing as you age. It allows you to learn new things, and boy did I get a fast education. WOW. Hey, just being honest here. I was dead wrong, and the more I dug into it all, I fell in love. And here is the part that they had me. Ready. Cause its gonna change your universe.
You know how you have always wondered what would have happened if Chris Craft had just kept making wood boats? What happened to all those amazing craftsmen in Michigan when Chris Craft left for Florida? Well? Grand Craft happened. Yup. Basically in a very loose interpretation of how it all went down, thats what Grand Craft was and is. Not reproductions, but the PROduction of a vision. There is a soul, depth, and passion. The real passion that made Chris Craft the worlds leader in boats.
Look at this way. Chris Craft was huge, and needed to feed the beast. We all get that. Plastic was the future and all the choices they made kinda kept the Company going. But did lead to the 1980’s when things got a little wonky. And we are NOT talking about the current Chris Craft, which has it’s mojo back. But going back, the people that were passionate about the boats, the soul and so on, said, I ain’t gonna be part of the beast and keep doing what we are passionate about.
Fellow Woody Boater Patrick Gallagher who purchased the Grand Craft brand, and is doing what has always needed to happen. Be her voice, and passion. After all that passion in building and producing Grand Crafts has been going on for decades.
So to keep it short, I bow to thee Grand Craft.. We are Soulmates. And I am thrilled to have met you. Thank you Dave Bortner for being the matchmaker. Thanks to Steve Lapkin and Kent O. Smith for capturing that passionate moment. WOW. That was fun! Here is the link to Grand Craft Boats