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exceptional Quality since the dawn
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,
www.bruckmannyachts.com, one of the first things you'll
notice is a boat called Red Jacket. It occupies a very special
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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
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
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
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
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