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Hacker-Craft first new runabout model in 15 years

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Silver Bay, N.Y., March 18, 2010: The Hacker Boat Company, Inc., makers of world famous mahogany Hacker-Craft motor boats, will introduce their first new runabout model since 1995 at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 25 through 28, at space #s 707 and 710.

In development for over two years, the 2010 Hacker-Craft 26’ Twin Cockpit STERLING Runabout is like no other runabout ever built by the Hacker Boat Company in its long history.

The STERLING is built with the flamboyance of a 1940s runabout yet constructed with 2010 cutting edge technology and materials. The goal was to build a shapely boat with brighter, multiple colors, dramatic lines on popular rounded sterns, wider dimensions and art deco touches. The American built Crusader 5.7L multi port injection 330 horsepower engine gives the STERLING the power and maneuverability today’s buyers’ desire. The 4,500 lb. STERLING has proven fast and nimble in its initial water tests, with a smaller rudder for less drag and more efficiency.

The 26’ 6” STERLING, with its 8’ beam, is eight inches wider than comparably sized classic Hacker-Craft Dolphin Runabouts. Design elements adding to STERLING’s panache include beautifully crafted floor vents, light colored center and cover boards plus stylized hardware and dashboard instrumentation. The beautifully curved stainless steel bow piece adds to the boat’s dashing design.

“We are delighted to introduce the STERLING at the Palm Beach show, a premier event for anyone interested in boating,” said company President and CEO Robert Lynn Wagemann. “We believe the limited edition STERLING will be one of the year’s most exciting models to offer boating enthusiast this spring.”

The STERLING name honors the Sterling Engine Company. Sterling engines were installed in many of Hacker’s early runabouts–including Hacker’s 1914 Gold Cup racer Buffalo Enquirer. The Hacker-Craft STERLING model will be distributed under the name AU REVOIR in European markets – named to honor John L. Hacker’s first production boat of the same name in 1903.

The Hacker Boat Company, founded in 1908, is the largest American manufacturer of classic mahogany motorboats. The company’s corporate headquarter and storage facilities are located near and on the shoreline of Lake George, NY. Production and restoration facilities are located in historic Ticonderoga, NY.

Each Hacker-Craft is hand crafted at the company’s new Ticonderoga, NY production facility by master boat building craftsmen who spend over 1500 hours of labor to build every boat. The Hacker Boat Company builds runabouts, sport boats, launches and utilities from 24 to 35 feet in length. The company also makes custom designed boats; their custom division’s motto is, “if you can dream it, we can build it.”

Since the 1930s Hacker-Crafts have been hailed as the “Steinway of Runabouts®” and were named by “Forbes Magazine FYI” as being “50 of America’s Best” products.

Contact: Dan Gilman dgilman@hackerboat.com
Office: 866.540.5546
Cell: 732.674.1481

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