Macatawa Bay Boat Works Company History
Macatawa Bay Boat Works was founded in 1967 as a premier restorer of Wooden boats. Using the experience of retired Chris Craft craftsmen in the Holland area, Macatawa Bay Boat Works restored boats using the same techniques that were used at the factory but incorporating modern materials and technology to improve on the original design.
Note the date on right of the photo: October '70
In the late 1970's, after the closing of the Chris-Craft plant in Holland,
Macatawa Bay Boat Works started building new wooden boats under the name
"Grand-Craft by Macatawa Bay Boat Works." With the help of
Chris Smith and many retired Chris-Craft personnel, "Grand-Craft"
replica's of the old 1930's Chris-Craft's and new utility and sport boat models begin
coming off the line. The boats received a great deal of notoriety, gracing the
covers of many boat magazines and finding new homes in boat houses across the country and
throughout the world. The new wooden boats sparked a great deal of interest in
restoring the real classics as well. In 1982, the "Grand-Craft" name
was sold to Richard Sligh and there was a shift of MBBW primary focus to
restoring the original boats by Chris Craft, Hackercraft, Garwood, Century
and Riva, to name a few.
MBBW's high standards of workmanship, quality, attention to detail and utilization of modern techniques while maintaining authenticity has been proven at boat shows across the country and is also evident in the number of repeat customers. One of the few "Full-Service" restoration shops in the country, MBBW offers everything necessary for a vintage boat restoration from start to finish, and continually maintains their reputation as the "Best in the Business."
When Only the Very Best Will Do...
Macatawa Bay Boat Works, Inc.
297 S. Maple Street Saugatuck, MI 49453
Phone: (269) 857-4556 Fax: (269) 857-4218
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