Our History

Polar Kraft has been a true American original for more than 50 years. From our very first 14-foot jon boat to the huge selection of nearly 70 tough-as-nails aluminum boats offered today, we have been dedicated to building with passion, pride, and unparalleled attention to detail. When you step aboard a Polar Kraft, you are surrounded by solid craftsmanship, industry-leading innovation and our promise of legendary style, structural integrity and uncompromising value. Each is created to be a long lasting boat. One you can be proud to own and some day leave to your children, or even their children. 

  • 1951: The Polar Kraft aluminum boat legacy began in Memphis, TN, by first making awnings and three-wheel ice cream stands from aluminum.
  • 1954: Polar Kraft moved to Olive Branch, MS, and built its first 14' long, 36" beam utility boat (model 1436), by cutting the aluminum with handheld shears. 
  • 1956: Introduced a revolutionary hull construction process for jon boats using a flex rib system with double transom brackets, corner braces, gussets and horizontal ribs.
  • 1977: Became a pioneering force in jon boats with its innovation leading to a wide range of affordable, heavy-duty jon boats specially engineered for rough water applications.
  • 1980: One of the first aluminum boat builders to use a longitudinal stringer system and torque boxes in hulls, providing even energy distributionthroughout entire boat. 
  • 1981: Introduced industry's first aluminum modified V with a 6-degree dead-rise hull for better hull strength, traacking, and a drier, smoother ride.
  • 1983: Polar Kraft was purchased by Godfrey Marine.
  • 1985: Polar Kraft develops Parti Kraft pontoon line.
  • 1989: Introduced reverse chine hull and lifting strakes to improve water management and hull efficiency.
  • 1992: Introduced the popular Bass America series.
  • 1997: Introduced the all welded aluminum Sportsman series, a full featured, modified V fishing boat.
  • 1998: Polar Kraft incorproates wood free construction in all modified V and flat bottom boats.
  • 2001: Polar Kraft moves to Syracuse, IN- building boats in the same facility and with the same experienced workforce who built OMC's Sea Nymph and Sears' Gamefisher boats for decades prior.
  • 2002: NextWave plug-and-play electrical system is introduced which is used today on virtually all Nautic Global Group products. Polar Kraft introduces Kodiak and Outlander deep V boats.
  • 2003: In a two year period Polar Kraft introduces over 80 advanced engineered boats to satisfy the needs of every outdoorsman.
  • 2006: Polar Kraft is acquired by Nautic Global Group, one of the largest boat manufacturers in the world.
  • 2009: Polar Kraft introduces the TX series of Bass boats.
  • 2010: Received Excellence in Design Award for outstanding structure, functionality and VALUE in its boats.
  • 2012: Introduced Nor'Easter, Classic and Frontier Series