Three distinct generations make up our history and the 4th generation is already working on new designs.
Today StanCrafts are not only sought after for their beauty but also for their buttery soft, level ride.
StanCraft Wooden Boat Company was founded back in 1933 by W.H. "Billy" Young and his son Stanley C. Young. Stanley later married Delores and had three children Joyce, Syd and Bruce. The company was originally built on the shores of Caroline Point, Flathead Lake in Lakeside, Montana. It was Flathead Lakes first boat building factory. A regional builder, Stan created some of the most iconic designs in boating history. The 22' Torpedo in 1945 was a true head turner for the time.
The business was purchased by Stanley's oldest son Sydney H. Young and his wife Juliette in 1968.
As Syd took over the helm he took the company into the age of fiberglass. Creating models like the 260 Norwester, the 19' Veruna and the day cruisers. 100's of the 260 Norwester can still be found fishings the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and on Lake Coeur d' Alene. In the early 1980's Syd & Julie and their two daughters Sydney and Amy moved the company to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. After the movie On Golden Pond came out in 1981, Syd will tell you the classic wooden boat revolution was started. Syd is credited with re-finishing and really bringing back to life over 250 Centuries, as well as countless Chris Crafts, Garwoods, Rivas, and any other brand of wooden boat brought to him in the 80's and 90's. Syd and Julie created an incredible business of restoration, storage, service and of course producing sometime one, and sometimes five custom wooden StanCrafts per year. One of Syd's main focuses in the late 1990's became redesigning boat bottoms to achieve better performance and provide a more enjoyable ride. Syd's design contributions completely changed the future of StanCraft with their soft, and most importantly level rides. In 1997 Syd and Julie sold The Boat Shop to Duane Hagadone. The exception being the name and brand StanCraft. They sold all the property, service, storage, and restoration businesses but kept the family heritage in tact and allowed Syd and Julie to continue the family business in a small way at their home in Post Falls, Idaho. From 1997 to 2003 Syd and Julie occasionally built a new spec StanCraft and few per custom orders while enjoying their semi-retired life.
In May of 2003 Syd's son-in-law made a phone call....
On his way home from his first class for law school Robb called his father-in-law Syd and said; "what if we moved back and you taught me how to build boats?"