HEWESCRAFT HISTORY

OUR STORY

Shortly after his return home from World War II Bob Hewes and a few friends had a desire. They wanted their own fishing boats. In a season short on cash and long on initiative, Bob and his three buddies bought the aluminum sheets and other raw materials from a junk dealer in Spokane, Washington. By the time the first three boats were built and Bob’s friends now had their vessels, they soon lost interest in helping build his boat. Undaunted by the lack of help and still eager to have his own boat, Bob recruited the assistance of his younger brother Ralph to help construct the fourth boat. Suddenly a family business was born.

Sixty-eight years later the heart and soul of Hewescraft is still desire. Not a hunger to own a boat, but rather a passionate desire to build functional and affordable boats for fishing families across the United States and Canada. Although Bob and Ralph have long since retired, the company is now guided by the second generation family leadership of Bill and Dave Hewes. Hewescraft has seen many changes in the past six decades, but the core values have not been altered: We are a company that considers the people who buy our boats to be much more than just customers, but important members of the Hewescraft family.

Today our factory in Colville, Washington produces nine different series of boat models in dozens of different option configurations and sizes ranging from 16’ to 26’. The experience, technology, and craftsmanship of our 125 current employees have made our all-welded, heavy gauge, aluminum boats the benchmark for fishing vessels everywhere. Hewescraft boats are often copied, but never reproduced. And we’re proud to acknowledge that Hewescraft is the number one selling heavy-gauge aluminum boat in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska – a place where fishermen take their fishing and their fishing gear very seriously.

As you consider a new boat, take the time to explore the details of our rugged hull construction, our roomy fishing decks, our functional features, and our approach to floatation safety which clearly sets Hewescraft apart from the competition. We believe you will quickly discover why Hewescraft boats are considered the “Fisherman’s Choice.”

We believe in building traditions. Watch Video

Bob and Ralph Hewes working on boat 1948.

PROTECTED WATERS

Whether their fish of choice is walleye or trout, and whether they find themselves in the Great Lakes or a meandering river, sportsmen agree on one thing - there’s no better sport fishing boat than a Hewescraft. You can count on these versatile aluminum boats for generations of enjoyment.

MEDIUM OCEAN

When you journey out into saltwater — salmon fishing, halibut fishing, or bottom fishing — these welded aluminum boats tested in the waters of Alaska give you the confidence to concentrate on your fun and not worry about your boat.

LARGE OCEAN

Big water needs strength. When saltwater fishing in the ocean, you can rely on Hewescraft’s time-tested designs and world-class construction to deliver years of bottom fishing and big salmon fishing. The Alaskan and Pacific Explorer are best-in-class and best on the water.
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