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Posted on October 19, 2016
It’s exceedingly difficult to wrap words around design like this, the Torpedo by StanCraft is one of the most beautiful 3 dimensional objects I’ve ever seen. The attention to detail borders on the obsessive compulsive and the fact that StanCraft has 3 generations of experience building boats like this shines through every element of the boats design.
StanCraft was founded in 1933 and has remained firmly in family hands ever since, the company is meticulous about not only aesthetics but also engineering, the StanCraft hulls were redesigned in the late 90s to take advantage of modern hydrodynamics and as a result the boats now ride as well or better than their plastic and fibreglass competition.
The Torpedo has seating for 6 adults and is powered by a 420hp mid-mounted V8, it has a top speed across the water of 50mph (very quick for a boat) and has a stern to bow length of 29 feet.
A new Torpedo will set you back approximately $250,000 USD, which is obviously a fairly large pile of clams however the average price for a kidney on the international black market is now $5,000, meaning you just need to donate 50 kidneys and the boat’s yours. Problem solved.
Posted on October 19, 2016
What do you do after earning an engineering degree in Colorado, then pursuing an MBA and a law degree in Seattle? For Robb and Amy Bloem, the obvious answer was the not-so-obvious answer: move back to Coeur d’Alene to helm the Stancraft Boats family business. “I wanted to get any degree I could so I had the freedom to work anywhere in the world,” says Robb. “Turns out ‘anywhere in the world’ was here.”
Amy’s father, Sid Young, took over the custom-boat business from his father Stan, who established the Stancraft name in 1933. But the business has seen its greatest growth since Robb and Amy took over as the third generation. “Believing in ourselves, knowing we could do it on our own…that was the key,” says Robb. “We have a great story, a great history. But really, we’re a 12-year-old, 82-year-old company.”
"INB has helped us manage our phenomenal growth rate.”
Robb and Amy have turned to INB to help fuel their success. “It’s hard for most banks to comprehend a one-off custom boat manufacturer. INB has done a good job of understanding what we do and how we operate. And they’ve helped us manage our phenomenal growth rate.”
But their future—including plans for a new 26,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and a major presence on the west coast—still ties to the deep family roots in craftsmanship. “We don’t know who originally said it, but Amy and I found a quote that’s a perfect fit for us: ‘We build good ships, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must. But we always build good ships.’”
Posted on October 19, 2016
For sheer grace on the water, there’s nothing like a mahogany boat. For mahogany boats, there may be nothing like those produced by StanCraft Boats of Post Falls, Idaho, close by the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Anyone pulling into the marina of the nearby Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club will notice a fleet of the sleek and elegant mahogany craft. These are the runabouts and day-trippers that the successful people who make that exclusive club their refuge (including John Elway, the former Broncos quarterback) use as their boats of choice.
And the StanCrafts boats are as much works of art as they are vessels of work. The artisanal builders sculpt the finest African mahogany into gleaming, roaring Art Deco-like trophies. At the Gozzer docks Elway’s Missile model is 36 feet of beauty and beast. Powered by two 700-horsepower engines, the boat can easily exceed the lake’s 50-mile-an-hour speed limit, and do it with an extraordinary ride.
That ride has often been described as a hot knife through butter, but that doesn’t quite say enough about the sensory connection between boat, water and driver. Robb Bloem, owner of StanCraft, has his own Torpedo model on the lake, a 29-footer propelled by a 525-horsepower engine. Push the throttles forward and the boat comes alive, though the bow barely rises. Get it up to 40 knots and the one-foot chop on the lake is mere ripple. Push it into a turn and it digs into the water, the stern holding tight.
“We are known for the quality of our work, the looks of our boats and our ride,” says Bloem. “We worked a long time to build a boat with a ride like this. They have deep V forward and low deadrise at the stern.”
StanCraft boats range from 17 to more than 40 feet, and while they have developed specific models, no two boats are ever quite the same. About 3,500 man-hours go into the average boat. So as not to “dilute our product” they seldom build more than 10 in a year.
Prices for StanCraft boats begin at about $175,000 and go up to about $1.4 million. StanCraft has recently produced two tenders to be used with European mega yachts and they are now the owners’ treasured toys, just like StanCraft owners everywhere.
Posted on October 19, 2016
Billy Young and his son Stanley handcrafted their first wooden speedster in a small wood shop, on the forested western edge of Flathead Lake, Montana. Surrounded by distant glaciers and rangelands of buffalo, they faced hard times in 1933—and the resources required to build an artisan mahogany speedboat were nothing frivolous. But W.H. “Billy” Young meant business, and along with his wife Dolores and their three children, they built hundreds of superbly crafted, fast, fun boats—and devoted the next 35 years to creating tastefully constructed wooden boats in an era ruled by shapely curves, fins, and the seductive sheers of wood grain.
82 years later, Stancraft Boats, now on Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene, is still in the family—and still launching some of the world’s most sought-after handcrafted wooden speedboats.
Each year, Stancraft turns out about 10 boats under 20 feet and another dozen large custom designs (megayacht tenders and others sport boats) up to almost 50 feet. When they assemble in fleet it’s a testimonial to an era when speed, style and pride of workmanship dominated boat design. And, it’s a reminder that some boats are to be cherished.
In 80-plus years, Stancraft has produced nearly 1,000 wooden boats. From 1933 to 1968, Stan and his dad built over 800 boats, while son Syd launched 300 fiberglass boats and a dozen custom wood boats from 1968 through 1981. Today, third-generation Rob and Amy Bloem have constructed more than 120 wood classics.
A 27’ Low Boy Deluxe carves turns at speeds up to 45 mph. Like most Stancrafts, this boat is fun and practically built, featuring an 8.2-liter direct-drive MercCruiser producing 425 hp. It also has a bow thruster, for agile handling in tight docking spaces.
The Low Boy introduced the use of a starboard-side door for easy entry, and a deadrise that, as it accelerates, lifts and launches the boat smoothly onto plane.
The Missile, first constructed for quarterback John Elway’s business partner, is 35 feet of adrenalin. With Twin 700 hp Vipers this boat took 6,000 man hours to build and cost $750,000. It was clocked at 84 MPH.
Duane Hagadone, a lifelong Coeur d’Alene resident and megayacht owner, wanted a custom 36’ commuter boat to take across the lake to work each summer day. He runs it alone and can be seen with his remote control as he relaxes on the foredeck, singlehanding from one of his custom-made Stancraft deck chairs.
Discovery II, a 30’ Deluxe Sport Low Boy, features a stern-drive engine producing 430 HP and reaching 45 MPH. Built for the Discovery Land Company of African mahogany, it features Stancraft-made custom silicon-bronze cast, chrome-plated hardware.
An overhead view shows the racy stern that caught the eye of hockey great Wayne Gretsky, who convinced the Discovery folks to sell him this speedster. Since then several hockey greats and celebrities have had Stancrafts, and the design has been adapted as a tender to an assortment of megayachts.
Known as the “Whoopie Seat,” there’s no better place to get the thrill of boat speed than in the bow of a rocket like this. Below, the boat’s features include leather settees, a bar, DVD and entertainment center—and enough pizzazz that John Elway had to order hull number two for himself.
Oh Baby! is a 30’ long, single 730 HP Viper engine version of The Missile. It tops out at 55 MPH and sounds so sweet it could seduce a Harley. Stancraft has sent its finest designs, like this one, around the globe. Places graced by Stancrafts include India, Monaco, Great Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, and Lake Cuomo, Italy.
Timeless is a 26’ Fastback with a 625 hp Viper single inboard that hits 53 MPH. The boat’s sexy stern has a torpedo fantail, and sponsons let the driver crank a hard turn at any speed; the boat seems to ride on rails through the most radical maneuvers.
It’s difficult to have much more fun on the water than this, as the chines and flare of Oh Baby! combine with a deep V forward and low deadrise astern for a magically smooth ride. Stancraft boats range from 17’ to one now on the drawing boards at 46’. The prices range from $50,000 to 1.5 million.
When the Gozzer Ranch wanted to transport their refined guests across the lake, Stancraft built a 37’ twin-engine boat with 320 HP MercCruisers. The boat tops 50 MPH.
Speed looks like this. Stancraft uses Mahogany plank on frame, UV inhibiting varnishes, and 5200 adhesive/sealant, along with hundreds of screws and plugs.
From the air Stancraft boats look fluidly shaped for the water, with performance in mind from stem to stern. Cockpits are upholstered in the finest all-weather fabrics and are trimmed with retro gauges, wheel, and throttle fittings. The attention to detail makes these speedboats collectibles.
In the mid 1950s a fire destroyed the original yard—and a dozen boats that gleamed like art deco trophies—but Stanley stuck with it until his son Syd was back from the service. For 20 years Syd, while building wooden boats, also toyed with glass construction. “There was no denying the interest in the 60s and 70s in fiberglass construction, and its production advantages,” explained Robb Bloem, Stancraft owner and husband of founder Billy’s great-granddaughter. Syd produced a fleet of runabouts and small fishing boats until he moved the company to Coeur d’Alene in 1981. There he devoted himself once again to custom building and restoring the woodies that were experiencing a resurgence, following the movie On Golden Pond, which featured a mahogany speedster. “Working with wood is an art,” said Syd Young. “And the extra craftsmanship required rewarded our customers with a sculpted wood-grained boat with a soft, buttery ride… the Rolls Royce of boat handling.”
Read more: http://www.yachtworld.com/boat-content/2015/04/stancraft-wood-boats-classic-curvacious/#ixzz4NXuu2jSf
Posted on October 18, 2016
Join us for food, drinks, music and help raise money for the Post Falls Food Bank. 100% of the proceeds go to the Post Falls Food Bank in support of eliminating hunger!! Saturday, November 5th, 2016 5-9PM at our new location 2936 W. Dakota Ave. Hayden, ID 83835.
Live music by: The Sammy Eubanks Band
Food and drinks provided by: English Setter, Fedora, Big Bear Deli, and Nate's Pizza, Pastry & More.
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