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lizalady

Bellingham, United States

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This one is for Red Bubbler Lynn Bawden who used to restore Packards.

It is in an old restored wood Correct Craft from the 1950’s.

Walter C. Meloon moved his family to a small town in Central Florida, called Pine Castle. In 1925. created the Florida Variety Boat Company. During these early days, the word “Variety” was key because the company built a variety of craft ranging from sailboats to powerboats to race boats. W.C.’s sons took to the road to drum up business for the company. Because many people could not afford boats at that time, the Meloons would set up boats on popular waterfronts to sell boat rides.

By 1936, the primary focus of the company was the construction of power boats and the company name was officially changed to Correct Craft. Despite the hardships of the Depression, the company continued to grow, developing a reputation for building boats of superior quality and excellent performance.

General Eisenhower requested that Correct Craft build approximately 400 boats in fifteen days. That number was far more boats than the company had ever produced in such a short period of time. Nevertheless, through a combination of prayer and remarkable ingenuity, Correct Craft developed an innovative production process that allowed the factory to produce the needed number of boats in record time. This event, which National Geographic later dubbed “A Miracle Production,” solidified the company’s reputation as being a reliable, quality boat manufacturer.

In the early 1940s through 1957, the recreational boat business prospered and Correct Craft operated an additional manufacturing facility in Titusville, Florida, building boats from 18-55 feet.

The advent of fiberglass brought new possibilities to the marine industry in the 1960s. Correct Craft worked with an innovative designer named Leo Bentz to bring the fiberglass Ski Nautique to market in 1961. More than 45 years later, the Ski Nautique continues to enjoy a reputation as the quintessential water ski towboat.

After more than eight decades of experience and with members of the fourth and fifth generations of the Meloon family active in the business, Correct Craft has the distinction of being the oldest family-owned boat company in the nation.

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