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    Procraft company history

    I am looking at buying a 1989 Pro Craft and I am having trouble finding information on the boat and the company itself. Does anybody know the background on Procraft? I know that BPS/Tracker eventually bought the company out but I was wondering if someone could tell me an approximate year this happened? Were the 1989 models dependable? How do they hold up?

    Any information anyone knows would be great.

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    ok - i used to remember everything about the company but my memory is slipping these days

    Brunswick corperation owned ProCraft & Astro until Johnny Morris (BPS/Tracker) bought majority shares in 1999. Johnny Morris had previously first purchased Fisher Bass boats, but then dropped that line to place ProCraft & Astro into the 'Marine Group'. He continued to have ProCraft and Astro built in the ProCraft plant in Tenn. He considered these boats the next level in quality bass boats at an affordable price. Many of the workers didn't stick with the company however (i think several of them went to Stratos/Javalin). In 2000 building techniques changed and hull design changed. In 2007, ProCraft launched a new line of bassboats that continued a couple more years until the line was halted. I'm not exactly sure what happened to the Astro line other than rumers of the original owner (Astroglass) tried to get it back - again not exactly sure what happened there but Astro was dropped before ProCraft.

    When Procraft came out they were known for quality & attention to detail - - Bill Dance absolutely loved them! They had style, and had some very nice lines and lots of options. They really did well in the fish n ski segment also. Your question was: Were the '89's dependable and I have to say that depends on how it was kept. You'll have to go over that boat yourself and maybe even take a tech with you. That goes for ANY BOAT that old however. Good luck.
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    doesn't seem like your mind slipped too much there thanks for the info!

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    Nice read John!! Could probably be "Pinned" for future reference since a lot seem to ask about the Procraft/Astro brand?

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    Astro/Procrafts were made side by side in Murphreesboro, TN. Astro was marketed with to a younger fishing crowd using Gary Klein. ProCraft used Bill Dance. Nuff said there in which one sold better. Before Brunswick purchased them (98?) it was owned by by an independent, Jack White of Murphreesboro, TN (son, Trey, works for Skeeter Boats now i believe) . He sold the company once before but bought it back. The reason for the boats having two brands, like Javelin/Stratos, was back in the day there was a rule that protected dealers in there would not be another dealer selling the brand within a certain mile radius (like 100 miles). The companies made two brands to get inside that rule.

    When JM bought Astro/ProCraft, he had the Nitro Brand and the ProCraft Brand Name was stronger in the market than Astro. He moved the Astro name to a runabout, dropping the bass boat line around 2001.
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    Astro/Procrafts were made side by side in Murphreesboro, TN. Astro was marketed with to a younger fishing crowd using Gary Klein. ProCraft used Bill Dance. Nuff said there in which one sold better. Before Brunswick purchased them (98?) it was owned by by an independent, Jack White of Murphreesboro, TN (son, Trey, works for Skeeter Boats now i believe) . He sold the company once before but bought it back. The reason for the boats having two brands, like Javelin/Stratos, was back in the day there was a rule that protected dealers in there would not be another dealer selling the brand within a certain mile radius (like 100 miles). The companies made two brands to get inside that rule.

    When JM bought Astro/ProCraft, he had the Nitro Brand and the ProCraft Brand Name was stronger in the market than Astro. He moved the Astro name to a runabout, dropping the bass boat line around 2001.
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    Good stuff maconart! I do know that Brunswick Corp owned ProCraft in 1992, so the buy back probably happened somewhere in the mid-90's. "Ownership" was held by the individual(s) with majority shares in the company. JMorris brought Fisher aboard then dropped them after only 1 year to purchase the majority share of ProCraft/Astro (even then, Brunswick maintained a minority percentage of ownership). I also heard of a runabout deal with Astro, but I don't think that ever worked out. Too bad the line ended, but the economy really put the hammer on boat sales. Long live PROCRAFT/ASTRO boats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverRatMD View Post
    I do know that Brunswick Corp owned ProCraft in 1992, so the buy back probably happened somewhere in the mid-90's.
    Mine is a '95 and it has the Brunswick sticker on the passenger side console.
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    Yeah my '92 is Brunswick. Jmorris didn't get in the middle of things until '99. Even through the BPS years in the 2000's Brunswick had a minority interest.
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    Justin,
    I have a 1989 1950V ProFlip that I've used for the past 5 years and so far I've had no serious issues. It's a load to pull around and it's not the fastest on the water but it rides GREAT!!





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    Good info for sure. I miss my Fisher, that boat had options new boats now are just getting into. Now I have my Procraft and love it!
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    good info thanks for posting.