Boating Industry Canada October 2015 - (Page 20)

I M PA C T exceptional Quality since the dawn of Fiberglass The 50 MK II is a great example of the specialized yacht that Bruckmann Yachts can deliver. The Mark Ellis design is a new version of the acclaimed Bruckmann 50 pilothouse cruising sloop. BY ANDY ADAMS I admit this profile of Bruckmann Yachts and Mark Bruckmann is long overdue in Boating Industry Canada magazine because this business and its original founder, Erich Bruckmann, were at the heart of Canada's greatest boatbuilding success, literally since the dawn of fiberglass construction. During the summer of 2015, we travelled to Mississauga, Ontario to spend the morning with Mark Bruckmann. We talked about the present business, the company's history and his own impressive boatbuilding resume. We also talked about the substantial currency exchange shift that we've all experienced recently and some other factors that are likely to impact the boat business going forward. When you go to the Bruckmann Yachts website,, one of the first things you'll notice is a boat called Red Jacket. It occupies a very special 20 Boating Industry Canada OCTOBER 2015 place in the Bruckmann story and, therefore, in this story. Mark's father Erich Bruckmann came to Canada from Germany in 1956 arriving in Bronte where he began working at Metro Marine for Harry Greb building and repairing wooden boats. Erich was a European-trained cabinetmaker and in 1962 he left to open his own cabinetmaking company doing kitchen cabinets. His skills had become known and appreciated though. Starting in 1963 and through 1964 he was asked to build Red Jacket from a design by George Cuthbertson. It was a connection through his earlier relationship with Metro Marine. Red Jacket brought considerable notoriety. Canadian yachtsman Perry Connolly commissioned George

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Boating Industry Canada October 2015

Industry News
GE SpotlIght
PRODUCT FOCUS – IBEX SHOW 2015: IBEX 2015 was a treasure trove of new products and Boating Industry Canada brings you the show coverage plus a number of video interviews. – by Andy Adams
Ad Nauseam
IMPACT - MARK BRUCKMANN: A long overdue profile on Bruckmann Yachts, at the heart of Canadian boatbuilding since the dawn of fiberglass. – by Andy Adams
MADE IN CANADA – MARSKEEL: For Mars Metal of Burlington Ontario, it’s what’s on the bottom that counts and their MarsKeel diviosion has established itself as a global leader in lead ballast keels – by Glen Cairns
MADE IN CANADA – VOYAGER: Voyager Self Steering Inc. was founded by Peter Teitz, a Canadian sailor and retired machinist/patternmaker living in Kitchener, Ontario. – by Glen Cairns

Boating Industry Canada October 2015