The Hewescraft Sea Runner and Ocean Pro
Story by Troy Buzalsky
Photos by Hewescraft
In the evolutionary process of building a better mousetrap, or for this Boats column, a better fishing boat, the methodology utilizes many modern-day catchphrases to explain the manner of progression. Collectively, many progressively minded folks come together and apply their goal-focused knowledge while revisiting the overarching vision of the project, drilling down and converging on scenario-based touchpoints in an effort to acquire the best outcomes. This cutting-edge teamwork leans in on the legacy successes, while gradually developing something more refined. In other words, it’s an evolutionary process, and Hewescraft has evolved for almost 75 years!
At Hewescraft, the experience and earned wisdom of building all-welded aluminum hulls goes back more than seven decades. That’s longer than almost every other aluminum boat builder on the West Coast. Hewescraft utilizes state-of-the-art engineering and assembly, with a focus on fishability, value, and on-the-water safety.
Hewescraft is “Big-Water Proven,” being the best-selling boat brand in Alaska. But if you drill down into what makes Hewescraft tick, it’s continual refinement while striving to build the safest and most functional boat on the market, period!
Indeed, Hewescraft boats are made to be roomy, rugged, and reliable, but on-the-water safety is truly the biggest factor that the leadership at Hewescraft instills. It’s nice to talk about a lifetime warranty, which Hewescraft provides, but having the safest boat on the water is without a doubt the overarching vision of every Hewescraft boat that leaves the factory. Not only is every boat model tested to the extremes of swamping; every boat manufactured meets and exceeds U.S. Coast Guard floatation requirements. At Hewescraft, even boats over 20 feet, which technically do not require floatation foam, receive this floatation, taking safety to the highest level possible. Hewescraft boats are engineered and built not to sink, and they have plenty of success stories to back up their progressively minded commitment.
Family is an essential part of what defines Hewescraft, being launched by Bob and Ralph Hewes and today led by Bill, Launa, and Dave Hewes. Hewescraft and Hewes Marine Company launched in rural Colville, Washington, back in 1948 and although they’ve moved facilities to match their production and demand, they still call Colville home, and are a well-established part of the community. Hewescraft employs a workforce 165 strong from the immediate area who are all part of the greater Hewes family, as is every owner of a Hewescraft boat. The epitome of family at Hewescraft is the mainstay to its legacy successes.
Hewescraft does not sell factory direct; only through its knowledgable base of authorized dealers, which includes six Alaska dealers and 22 dealers located throughout the U.S. including California, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, Hewescraft also has ten dealers throughout Canada located in five provinces. And since Hewescraft has that small-town philosophy, they encourage folks to visit their closest hometown dealer and shop locally to support your community, family, friends, and neighbors.