We got this report in from Longtime fellow Woody Boater Herb Hall. Some great news for all Woody Boaters out there..and here..in my chair writing this stuff. Here is the report from Sir Herb himself.
Press release, Sierra Boat
There have been rumors for the last few years that Sierra Boat had sold. Let’s just say that it has been a very long process, but as of Monday June 27th we actually closed on Sierra Boat. My father, George Hall, along with his brother and sister, bought the company in June of 1977, exactly 45 years ago. The Hall family, though dedicated ownership and a succession of excellent management and staff, have built the company to legendary status among the wooden boat
community. Those original owners are no longer with us, and the second generation had decided that it was time to sell. Finding the right buyer would not be easy.
Fortunately, I was approached by Joe Baratta, Sacramento born and a Lake Tahoe local. Joe is a long-time member of our family of wooden boat owners and is dedicated to preserving SBCO and maintaining the level of service and commitment to our customers that has been the cornerstone of the Hall family’s mission statement since 1977. He bought the company because he has an appreciation for what we do, and a love of fine craftsmanship. That means we will continue to do what we have always done. So, Sierra is not being converted into a private club or condos as the Tahoe rumor mill would tell.
At Joe’s request, I have agreed to remain with the company as president and continue to own a stake in the company. I am not retiring yet.
So, there you have it, this is not fake news!
Herb Hall, Sierra Boat Co
OH WAIT THERE IS MORE NEWS.. A BONUS RELEASE!
Press release 2. California Classic Boats
As of last summer, I purchased California Classic Boats from founder Al Schinnerer. Last fall, my wife and I drove to Al’s Long Beach shop and loaded up over 600 hardware molds he had produced over a 40-year period. Due to delays in getting my shop built, those molds remain in boxes, so my production is very limited at this point. The web site is very dated, but most of the items pictured will be available in the future.
Herb Hall, yes the same Herb Hall as in the first press release.