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The History of Burns-Craft began in 1968 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This beautiful area of North Alabama is composed of the Tennessee Valley through which flows the mighty Tennessee River. There are four cities which comprise the "Quad Cities" or "Muscle Shoals" area. The four cities are Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia and Muscle Shoals. The Muscle Shoals area is well know for popular music recording studios and houseboat manufacturing. At one time, Seagoing, Kingscraft, Island Queen, and Burns-Craft were manufactured in this beautiful area, home of TVA, Hellen Keller, W.C. Handy, father of the Blues,T.S. Stribling, 1933 Pulitizer Prize winning author of "The Store", a beautiful novel of the old South, centered in Florence, Alabama. Just north. in mid-Tennessee, near Nashville, NautiLine, CarlCraft, Gibson, and Harbormaster houseboats were built (Some are still being manufactured). Gallion houseboats were built to the south, in Pell City, Alabama.
In 1968, my brother, Charles, was manufacturing Automotive Automatic Transmission parts in Sheffield, Alabama and operating the fixed _base_d operation and Piper Aircraft Dealership at the Muscle Shoals Airport. Mr Paul Donaldson and Mr. Jim Beam were manufacturing Seagoing houseboats in Florence, Alabama. Mr Beam would often charter Charles to fly him to appointments and was responsible for getting Charles interested in houseboats. Charles expressed a desire to own a houseboat and Mr Beam suggested he build his own houseboat!
In early 1969, Charles purchased 35 acres in the Muscle Shoals Industrial Park. which was located next to the airport. A large building and offices on the property became the home of Burns Manufacturing, Inc. At that time I was in my senior year of college at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas and joined my brother in boat manufacturing on September 1, 1969.
Several emloyes from Seagoing were hired and the first boat produced was a 31' Burns-Craft Houseboat. The first 31' boat went to Titusvulle, Florida and the second one was shipped on a Burns-Craft tractor-trailer to Hundley Chris-Craft on Lake Dallas, Texas. During the next decade, many lengths of houseboats were manufactured up to and including a steel-hulled 52' houseboat. Many Burns-Craft dealers sold Burns-Craft houseboats from Pittsburgh to the Delta River country of Northen California.
During these years, Charles server as President of Burns Manufacturing, Inc., and Burns-Craft. I served as Purchasing Agent, Sales Manager, and eventually became Co-Owner and Vice-President. During this decade, we purchased the molds and beautiful design of Gallion houseboats of Pell City, Alabama. The 43' Gallion modified tri-hull design was eventually incorporated into the intire Burns-Craft line.
NautiLine Houseboats of Tennessee, was eventually sold and moved to Lexington, Alabama and the molds and designs were purchased by Burns Manufacturing, Inc. and incorported into the Burns- Craft line.
In the late seventies and early eighties, Burns Manufacturing, Inc. made a gradual shift from manufacturing houseboats to cruisers and eventually yachts, the largest being a 48' Aft-Cabin Motor Yacht.
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