Each handcrafted Grand Craft mahogany boat requires thousands of hours of meticulous attention to detail. Our craftsmen are as passionate about building your luxury wooden boat as you will be to own it. Working in pairs, we build the entire mahogany boat at our facility before signing it to add the final craftsman’s touch to your masterpiece.
Grand Craft melds state-of-the-art woodworking techniques with Old World craftsmanship. Utilizing a special wood epoxy saturation technique, we bond multiple layers of wood for unsurpassed flexibility and strength. Our process also makes the hull virtually impervious to any damaging effects of salt or freshwater by creating a watertight foundation for unsurpassed depth of image in the final finish.
In addition to protecting the wood, this saturation process eliminates the need for “soaking up” the hull, a task traditionally associated with wooden hulls. Grand Craft are ready for immediate use when launched for the first time.
Trained and skilled craftsmen mill and color match mahogany accordingly. Most models feature three layers of 1/4" mahogany on the hull sides and bottom.
African mahogany is preferred by Grand Craft for its flexible strength and sound/shock absorption, as well as its lasting beauty. Each piece is hand selected on the basis of the consistent, reddish-brown hue and grain; straight grain for side planking and ribbon grain for the transom if desired. Walnut stain is often used on dash panels and storage compartments.
Stringers, made from high-grade fir, run the length of the hull for added strength.
All hardware is hand-cast brass or bronze, which is plated in copper, nickel, and chrome, by the highest quality process available. Heavy as it is handsome, this striking hardware exemplifies the quality of Grand Craft—strong, durable and beautiful pieces of fine jewelry.
Mechanical or hydraulic steering provides quick and stable responsiveness. Top-notch gas marine engines deliver up to 425 hp; these power plants are specified for Grand Craft weight and torque requirements to achieve speeds between 40 and 50 mph. Yet these engines are easily serviced by a knowledgeable marina.
Diesel engines are also selected with the same requirements for larger Grand Craft models.