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Burger Yachts Overview
This prestigious U.S. shipyard is known as being the premier builder in America of custom steel and Aluminum yachts, as well as of commercial vessels. Founded in 1863 by Henry Burger, the son of German immigrants, the yard is located in Manitowac, Wisconsin. As a young man, Henry Burger had the opportunity to apprentice under craftsmen from Northern Europe, France and Poland, other immigrants who had settled in the area, who had brought with them old world skills and excellent work ethics. In the early stages of the yard’s history, Burger gained a reputation for building very fine wooden yachts.
After Henry Burger Sr. retired, his nephew, Henry B. Burger, Jr. who was known for his vision and innovation, grew the company into what it is today. In 1938, Burger was the first yard to build an all welded steel auxiliary ketch. In 1952, because of the yard’s excellent reputation, the Reynolds family approached Burger to work with a new material, i.e. Aluminum. Thus began the company’s long career in producing very high quality Aluminum yachts, both sail and power, designed by some of the country’s top naval architects (R.J.Hargrave, Sparkman and Stephens, C. Raymond Hunt, Don O’Keefe, to name a few).
From being the first yard to build an all welded aluminum yacht, a 36’ cruiser in 1956, Burger Boat Company has gone on to build 180 Aluminum yachts to date. Some of the Yard’s most recent launches, the stunning 151’ contemporary classic, SYCARA IV, the 140’ M.Y. LADY GAYLE MARIE (for a 3 time repeat client), and the 142’ Vripack/Winch long range m.y. SEA OWL, have definitely placed Burger Boat Company on the list of world renown superyacht builders. Today the yard continues to excel in producing quality yachts of distinction, yachts that are strong, safe, well-engineered and, above all, transcend the fads and whims of time.