Duratech began as a manufacturer of small 48 lb. aluminum prams which were easily toted by one man. Roy I. Moss designed the first Duratech aluminum boat and started his company in 1950. The Duratech line expanded from small dinghies to aluminum utility motor boats, sporty aluminum runabouts, cabin cruisers and fiberglass models as well, some boats close to 20 feet in length. Duratech produced over 50,000 boats during a 15 year span, and was well known in the industry for quality, styling, and durability in their products. Those who sill own Duratechs today can attest to the structure and performance of these boats. Duratech was sold in 1965 to the Penn-Yan Company. Penn-Yan produced aluminum boats under the Duratech name for approximately three years, although in greatly declining numbers, after which the brand went out of existance. (for more details, click on the Roy Moss section)
After Roy Moss designed the first small aluminum boat and constructed it in his mother's garage in 1950, the Duratech Manufacturing Corporation began producing 8 and 9 foot dinghies, the Pramlines. Next came the Veeline 12 and 14 foot utility boats, as well as a 12 foot Veeline runabout. Sealines came in models from 14 to 19 feet, and were primarily sporty runabouts with a couple of utility models as well. The CT line were light weight utility boats known as the Cartoppers, durable yet light enough to be rack mounted atop a station wagon. In 1959, Popular Boating Magazine tested and featured a 20 foot runabout called the Duratech Weekender.
By 1961, most of the Veelines and Sealines were phased out as newer runabout models were phased in - the 14 foot Meteor, Marlin and Skier, the 16 foot Neptune, the 16 foot Saturn, the 17 foot Orion and the 18 foot Galaxy. A beautiful weekend cabin cruiser was known as the Comanche (built using the Galaxy hull), and a completely versatile open bow fishing and skiing boat was the Duratech Sportboat. This boat offered options such as the Sportboat Shelter for weather and sun protection, and the Super Sportboat converted to a camper cruiser. The standard Sportboat was a 17 footer, while the Super Sportboat measured nearly 19 feet.
About the DuraDeck finish. In 1956, Duratech began applying a reddish-pink protective textured vinyl coating to the enclosed bow and gunwales of all of their runabouts. In '58 and '59, this was applied in a light blue color, and in 1960, the color changed again to what they called "sparkling bronze". In 1961 when Duratech was phasing some boat models out and many new models in, this protective finish was changed to an aqua green color (as seen on several models in the gallery). The aqua green color was used during the remaining years of production. This patented protective coating was called "Duradeck". The textured vinyl material came in sheets and was baked onto the deck and gunwales by the Alcoa Corporation.
Duratech aluminum boats were supplied with a lifetime puncture proof guarantee, a five year watertight guarantee, and a five year salt water guarantee. The salt and watertight guarantee was bumped up to 15 years at some point.
In January of 1959, Duratech broke into the fiberglass boat market for a short time with the Glass Magic line; they produced models ranging from 12 to 21 feet until the fiberglass boat factory burned down in 1961. (See a brief boating mag article on the "Duratech Info" page)
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