The History Behind A Nautique

 
 
 
 
 
Settling in Central Florida

1924

W.C . Meloon moves from Ossipe, New Hampshire to Central Florida with his wife, Marion, and three sons, Walter, Ralph, and Harold, to take advantage of the real estate boom.

Florida Variety Boat Company

1925

W.C. forms the Florida Variety Boat Company in Pine Castle, Florida.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Boats By Highway

1926

The company is the first to trailer boats on the highway on a national basis rather than by train.

Pine Castle

1930

The Florida Variety Boat Company is renamed to Pine Castle Boat and Construction Company.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Correct Craft For You!

1936

W.C. renames the company after hearing a radio advertisement explaining "the correct heel for your shoe." W.C. thought, why not "the correct craft for you?" Thus, the name was changed to Correct Craft.

Correct Craft is the first boat company to use tow pylons.

Expansion Phase

1942

The company opens a second plant in Titusville, Florida to manufacture boats through government contracts for the war effort. Soon after, large cruisers are added to the production schedule.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Miracle Production

1945

During World War II, General Eisenhower requests that the company build approximately 400 boats in fifteen days.

While this number is far more boats than the company has ever produced in such a short time period, Correct Craft develops an innovative production process that allows the factory to produce 400 boats in record time.

This event, which National Geographic later dubs "A Miracle Production," solidifies the company's reputation as being a reliable, quality boat manufacturer.

First Mahogany Inboards

1948

Production begins for the first complete mahogany inboards, 19-foot racing runabouts and custom-designed runabouts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sixteen Boats

1949

The company's line includes sixteen boats ranging in size from 15' 6" junior utilities to 32' cabin cruisers.

Atom 25

1950

The 14' Atom 25 plywood utility boat sells for $1,095.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Swim Platforms

1952

Correct Craft is the first to incorporate swim platforms into the boat design.

Prosperity leads the company to begin production of even larger boats such as 50’ yachts.

Titusville Closes

1955

The Titusville plant is closed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Star-Flite Utility Boat

1956

The company scales back the number of available models. The most popular at this time is the 17' Star-Flite utility boat.

Fiberglass Tree

1957

The last true runabout, the Collegian, is produced. Leo Bentz builds the first Ski Nautique in South Florida and offers to sell the design to the company. W.C. wants no part in building fiberglass boats, as he has never seen a "fiberglass tree."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ski Nautique

1961

Leo Bentz returns to the Central Florida-based boat builder and once again offers to sell the Ski Nautique mold and brand name in return for a free boat and required maintenance for three years. The company accepts the offer and begins production.

Retail cost: $4,500 (including the trailer).

This world-renowned boat manufacturer is the first to integrate tracking fins into its boat designs.

Orlando Expansion

1966

Ground breaking ceremony is held for the new manufacturing facility in Orlando, FL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Masters Tournament

1975

The company begins its relationship with the Masters Waterski Tournament.

Team Nautique

1977

The manufacturer of Nautique establishes its first ski team.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barefoot

1979

The Barefoot Nautique is introduced.

Ski Nautique 2001

1981

Nautique unveils the Ski Nautique 2001 and receives rave reviews.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bass Nautique

1983

The Bass Nautique 2018 is introduced.

25th Anniversary

1986

Nautique celebrates its 25th anniversary of the Ski Nautique with a limited production of Silver Nautiques.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Design & Innovation

1989

Correct Craft introduces a redesigned Ski Nautique that is longer and wider with a stepped chine and variable planing hull.

Widening The Beam

1990

Nautique again redesigns the Ski Nautique deck which features a sloping transom, spray relief pockets and the widest beam of any tournament inboard in history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Paragon

1993

A limited edition boat, the Paragon, is offered. This collector's edition features the latest technology and classic styling. Correct Craft introduces all fiberglass hulls, decks and stringers.

The Air Nautique

1997

An innovative hull design, Total Surface Control, is debuted on the Ski Nautique.

The first wakeboard specific boat is introduced. The Air Nautique offers a Flight Control Tower® and internal ballast tanks as standard features for big air.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Wake Control

1999

Nautique introduces the Total Wake Control (TWC™) which changes the face of wakeboarding yet again.

The Smart Pod

2000

The innovation continues with the introduction of the Smart Pod 2000, the most technologically advanced dash pod available.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
40th Anniversary

2001

Nautique offers 40th Anniversary special edition Ski Nautique featuring a special color combination and unique graphics.

The Smart Pod

2002

Nautique redefines its already innovative Ski Nautique hull design, Total Surface Control, with the introduction of the Total Surface Control 2 (TWC2™).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
40th Anniversary

2004

Nautique delivers the first true "crossover" boat to the recreational boat market. Nautique's innovative SPORTSHIFT™ , located next to the throttle, makes the Sport Nautique SV-211 truly versatile by creating designer wakes. With one easy shift, the driver can engage the Hydro-Gate™, which builds pressure and lift for a completely new wake experience.

80 Years of Excellence

2005

Nautique celebrates 80 years of unparalleled quality and innovation in the marine industry.

Construction begins on Nautique's 217,000 square-foot manufacturing plant, located on the outskirts of Central Florida.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Transforming Wakesurfing

2006

Nautique finds a way to customize the wake, providing ramp style and vert style wakes, both behind the same boat using the Hydro-Gate™ with SPORTSHIFT™ .

Leading in innovation and design, Nautique once again revolutionizes competitive 3-event skiing with the introduction of Total Surface Control (TSC3™).

80 Years of Excellence

2008

Nautique celebrates 80 years of unparalleled quality and innovation in the marine industry.

Construction begins on Nautique's 217,000 square-foot manufacturing plant, located on the outskirts of Central Florida.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
200,000 Boats Later

2009

Nautique introduces advanced new saltwater capable package, the Coastal Edition.

Nautique presents the perfect blend of sleek styling and versatile performance, the all-new Crossover Nautique 226.

The golden anniversary of the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament occurs at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, which was a huge success by all accounts.

Nautique celebrates the 200,000th boat manufactured by the company.

85 Years & The Ski Nautique 200

2010

Nautique revolutionizes the skiing industry once again with the introduction of the innovative Ski Nautique 200, available in open or closed bow.

Nautique celebrates 85 years as a world-renowned manufacturer that has developed a strong reputation for building the highest quality product and delivering unmatched care to each and every customer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
50th Anniversary of Ski Nautique

2011

Nautique introduces the all-new Sport Nautique 200 - hardcore skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing and wakeboarding.

Nautique celebrates its 50th anniversary of the Ski Nautique with a golden dimensional badge on each Ski Nautique.

Nautique introduced the first 100% electric Ski Nautique prototype, pulling its first head-to-head slalom competition at the U.S. Masters.

Super Air Nautique G23

2012

Nautique launches the all-new Super Air Nautique G23 - Working with its elite team of athletes, Nautique creates a revolutionary boat from the wake up that will push wakeboarding to new levels.

This early 2013 release gives riders the opportunity to do things that were previously thought to be impossible. From this day forward wake sports will never be the same.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nautique Surf System™

2013

We have taken our game changing G-Series hull design and gone even bigger with the all-new Super Air Nautique G25 that leaves compromise on dry land. The G25 gives you the space, performance, and wake to give your audience a show that can't be delivered behind anything else.

Nautique Surf System™ (NSS)
Nautique introduces the all-new Nautique Surf System with WAVEPLATE. The NSS allows users to instantly switch from wakeboarding to wakesurfing on demand; eliminates the need to offload ballast, allowing surfers to create a wave on their desired side with the touch of a button; and provides total wave customization adjusting shape and steepness on the fly.

Nautique introduces the G23 with NCRS.

210 & 230

2014

For 2014 the Super Air Nautique 210 and 230 have been transformed into the next generation of wake boats with a completely new hull and deck bringing a new look and new features that are a true testament to the new direction that is Nautique.

The all-new Super Air Nautique G21 completes the first family of wake in a twenty-one foot package that embodies the hardcore spirit that pioneered our sport and delivers more versatility than ever with the performance made possible by our G-Series design.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Industry Innovator

2015

Nautique once again takes innovation to another level introducing the next evolution of the award-winning G-Series with the all-new Super Air Nautique G23 and G25: a re-imagined hull design, new styling, and new technology advancements have forever changed what we knew about wake boats.

Nautique introduces LINC Touch with Helm Command, JL WavefrontTM Speakers, Nautique Surf Switch and Nautique Surf Select App for the Pebble Smartwatch and becomes the first to bring Direct Injection engine technology to the towed watersports market.

GS20 Multi-Sport Boat

2016

Ultimate versatility in 20 feet of perfection arrives with the introduction of the first-ever Super Air Nautique GS20! Blending masterful award-winning designs from our industry-leading G-series and record-breaking Ski Nautique 200, the GS20 becomes the most innovative multi-sport boat to hit the water. The Super Air Nautique GS20 transforms from a ski boat, to a wake and surf boat in a way that steps into a new realm of engineering, design and technology.

New features included the all-new 12.4” Nautique LINC PANORAY touchscreen, Nautique Awareness camera, bimini with surfboard pockets, over-molded board racks with wider tines, and Nautique Surf Select 2.0 with ballast shift feature.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GS22 Multi-Sport Boat

2016

In 2016, Nautique launched one of the most capable boats in the the line, the GS22. With ample gear storage and plenty of room for friends and family, this boat was made to please any watersports’ enthusiast. Waterski, wakeboard or wakesurf at high levels in the GS22 due to the unique hull characteristics derived from the Ski 200 and the G-Series models.

GS24 Multi-Sport Boat

2017

The Super Air Nautique GS24 is released as a multi-sport boat that takes the versatility of the GS-Series to the next level. Like its smaller siblings, the GS20 and GS22, the GS24 has acquired hull characteristics from our award-winning G-Series and Ski Nautique 200 models to produce the largest, most capable multi-sport boat in the industry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ski Nautique Standard

2018

Nautique astonishes the three-event waterski world with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Ski Nautique. A blended carbon fiber and fiberglass construction, this boat becomes the new standard in tournament waterski towboats.

The ultra lightweight construction, combined with the innovative MicroTuner® technology is a design and engineering marvel. The all-new Ski Nautique is lightest three-event towboat on the market.