Our Company

Tradition begins with the family.

We’re not just boat builders. We’re boaters, just like you. For five generations and counting, our family has been dedicated to sharing the wonder of boating by creating the finest watercraft that money can buy. That’s really all there is to it.

Smoker Craft can trace its roots in the boating industry all the way back to 1921, when the Smoker Lumber Company, as it was then called, was a world leader in the production of oars and paddles. We also built many of the wooden components used in boats produced by several different brands. So in 1963 we built on those four decades of experience and began making boats of our own.

Although most boats at that time were made entirely from wood, we chose aluminum for its light weight, great strength, and maintenance-free durability. Then we added our own innovations, like our Performance Hull System and our acclaimed Hydra-Lift reverse chine hull, our pinch-free seating that protects stray fingers and fishing rod tips from harm, retractable cleats to avoid snagging fishing lines or stubbing toes, and our revolutionary Yarblow system that ventilates storage compartments so that gear put away wet doesn’t stay that way. Our history is one of constant innovation, and that only results from spending time on the water.

While our designs have changed and evolved over the years, what has remained constant is the painstaking care and meticulous attention to detail that goes into crafting every single one of our boats. Many of our more than 700 employees have been with us for 30 years or more, and their skill and craftsmanship is unmatched in the industry.  

We love boating, and we want to share it with the world. That is our commitment. That is our heritage.