Company History

The DuraCraft Fisherman Series is a classic American boat first manufactured by Bill and Chick Ward. Old wooden boats were heavy to load, so Bill and Chick came up with the idea for a lighter weight boat. In 1945, at the end of World War II, there were able to purchase surplus aluminum from the government and the aluminum boat industry was born with the first flat bottom aluminum boat. Kim Ward, son of Chick Ward, continued the family tradition by manufacturing and expanding the DuraCraft line until 1983.

Quality has always been synonymous with DuraCraft. Now over 65 years later, it has returned to where quality started in Monticello, Arkansas to the original family; Mike & John Ward, sons of Kim Ward.

Thank you for your interest and taking time to look through our new line of DuraCraft boats. If you have any questions, please give us a call.