Century Boat Company was founded in 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1928, the company moved to Manistee, Michigan where it stayed for more than 60 years.
Century Hurricane held the world’s outboard speed record of 50.93 miles per hour. By 1937, Century offered 28 models.
Century was awarded a government contract by the United States to manufacture 3,600 boats for use during World War II. Century received the Army-Navy E Citation for high achievement in the production of materials.
The “Thoroughbred of Boats” slogan was created. The popular Coronado boats were used in two Hollywood films, and Century Boats grew to 343 authorized dealers nationwide.
In the early 1960s, Century Boats introduced a 45-foot motor yacht and it’s first jet-powered boat. In the late 1960s, Century began creating fiberglass hulls for the first time.
The 1970s brought an era of production innovation and efficiency. Century Boats began to expand its parts, sales and marketing departments. The company also invested in a fleet of tractor trailers to haul its own product to dealers across the country.
Century Boats opened its Panama City, Fla. plant in 1983. This decade also saw the introduction of the Century Tournament Skier and Miramar models.
Yamaha Motor Corp. purchased Century Boats in September of 1995 and merged the brand with the Cobia Boat Company to officially operate as C&C Manufacturing. Under the Yamaha Motor Corp. operating company of C&C Manufacturing, Century Boats models were built and distributed from the Panama City, Fla. plant through the 1990s.
To meet consumer demand, Century Boats began producing a selection of small and midsize center console boats and new bay boat models. In March of 2005 Yamaha Motor Corp. sold the Cobia brand and transitioned Century Boats to the “One Brand, One Vision” mission statement.
In 2012 Allcraft Marine purchased Century Boats and relocated the company and manufacturing plant to Zephyrhills, Fla. Today, Century offers a full line of saltwater fishing boats from 22′ – 32′ including express, walkaround, center console and dual console models to meet the demands of boating enthusiasts and tournament anglers everywhere. With Century Boats, you truly can Demand It All.