2016 celebrates the 70th anniversary of Sea Craft Ltd
in New Zealand.
Yeoman (Sandy) Sands founded Sea Craft Ltd in 1946 after his
return to NZ having been a POW in Poland. The factory began
and is still located in Cawley Street, Ellerslie (pic below)
Initially Sea Craft produced kauri clinker built dinghies.
In the early days the company logged and milled Kauri from
Mangatawhiri (AKA Sea Craft Forests Ltd) for its own
Today, Sea Craft Ltd run by Lionel Sands and Denis Kendall
manufacture the range of Haines Hunter fibreglass power boats.
The switch to fibreglass came in 1965 with the introduction
of the Sea Craft Valencia.
1980 saw the acquisition of Haines Hunter from its Australian
owners and since that time has developed the Haines Hunter name
into New Zealand's benchmark brand.
The ongoing commitment to new model development and the
dedication to apprentice training is a legacy the company will
continue to embrace.