Hey Moe! Want To Own A Classic Boat Company?


You get the old ads!

If you are deep into the passion of classic boating and feel the need to take it to the ultimate level. You can now buy an entire company. That’s right, Curly-Craft can be all yours for the small sum of $250,000. Thats right for the price of a couple big restorations you can own it all!


You get some boats

And at first the price seems a little aggressive! But, and here is the interesting part. You own it all. The brand name, the factory stuff, an old truck that delivered boats, all of it. Bragging rights. You would in fact be Mr Curly Boater. You would sweep every boat show in the Curly category and could make up your own versions of the boats and no one could bitch about it. You want to make a hot tub version? That’s cool. Pink boats with purple rainbows flying out of the back seat with unicorns driving? you are the factory! Very cool.


Molds of boats

I imagine there might be a little room on the price, since its brand name of an obscure company you are purchasing. $249,000???  Not sure, but this could be your one time in your life where you get to own an entire boat company with history. We will photo shop you into all the old photos if you like.


Some tools.. You may want to check these out before using them. But, imagine being able to say, the boat was built using the original tools? Cool!


The price is up to you and the seller for whats right. Have curly hair? Did you own a Curly – Craft as a kid and won the lottery with a Three Stooges lottery ticket? Well, here is a place to keep rolling with the Curly theme.


16 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Is Curly-Craft listed in any of Bob Speltz’s books?

    That would add to the value of the company.

    • Jack Schneiberg
      Jack Schneiberg says:

      Boy! Just looking through those again and I believe in Volume II or III they are mentioned.
      A buddy of mine had one of the utilities. It was powered by a 45 hp Gray 4. After a fair amount of work he launched it first time with another buddy and they couldn’t get it up on plane. Now this was a plywood hull.. Boat went up for sale the soon thereafter.

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    OK I was going to do this until I saw the font they chose for the logo. It looks like Leurly-Leraft to me.

    What were they thinking?

  3. Dennis J Mykols
    Dennis J Mykols says:

    Living in the Detroit area until the 1990’s I do remember this place as if it were yesterday.
    It was a big Johnson Outboard dealer, and my Dad bought a couple motors from them in the late 40’s and 50’s

  4. Beer Dog
    Beer Dog says:

    Would you put them on your list of companies to support? I imagine they would be right up there with Antique Boat Center, Van Ness Engines, and Katz’s Marine. (No offense to these companys) that might be the deciding factor Just think of the boats they (we ) could crank out. Set up an assembly line. It’ll be the next Chris Craft I tell ya

  5. Dennis J Mykols
    Dennis J Mykols says:

    Yep, that’s me, the only one smart enough to wear a life jacket, in a slightly overloaded 14 footer… cica 1949

  6. Rick
    Rick says:

    Honey I know you said no more boats but how about a boat company? I promise to sell them all and not keep any for myself. Why are they selling? I think their font turned people off. I’m sure everyone on WoodyBoater would but one. Heck Matt alone has owned 5 boats since I started following him. (The police still say have to stay 500 yards away from him).

  7. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    I’m just not sure what you’re getting for 1/4 million dollars. Interesting and a lot of possibilities, but it’s been for sale at lot longer if you go to the web link on Ebay.

    You better get a lot of genuine nyuk, nyuk, nyuks for that amount of money.

  8. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    How to make a million in the antique woody boat business….? Start with $6 million. Nobody’s heard that one before, right?

  9. Rick
    Rick says:

    Of course the company has its own theme sone.
    I used to go see this band outside Chicago in the early 80’s. Great country band but this was their one hit wonder song Jump In The Saddle Band’s Curly Shuffle.

  10. Enoch Lloyd
    Enoch Lloyd says:

    Northwestern Marine has always been one of my favorite retail experences…. how those guys can instantly produce some obscure part on short notice is something to behold! It’s a hell of a lot more fun than trolling the internet! The marine industry is much more interesting because of independent shops like this!

  11. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    Looks like somebody’s wife is upset and wants the cluttered garaged cleaned out. He dosen’t want to sell it so he puts it on Ebay for 250,000.00. Guaranteed not to sell.
    Curly Craft?? Was this some disgruntled Chris Craft employee that was going to teach Chris Craft a lesson??????

  12. Nick
    Nick says:

    Little did I know that we would get any publicity at all. This is awesome! I am the one who has put together the website and is helping George (Curly’s son) trying to sell his father’s wooden boat company. The factory building is for sale after 81 years of business and we are cleaning it out. What you get is all of the machinery, two boats (one complete, and one needing the restoration to be finished) all the machinery utilized in the production of these boats, the 1934 Ford delivery truck used to deliver the boats, a wooden jig to make a 14 foot boat and more! If you feel the price is too steep, make an offer. How do you put a price tag on history? You have to start with a number.

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