The Burger Boat Company reportedly designs and builds 75- to 200-foot aluminum and steel mega-yachts and traces its beginnings back to a comparatively modest 1863 commercial fishing boat building business. The company was established by the Henry Burger family of German immigrants and is based in the same Manitowoc, WI, city where it got its start, according to its Web site. Buyers with pencil, paper—and large checkbooks—can these days assist in designing their vessels from the bottom up, the Travel Channel’s “Million Dollar Yachts” reported.
Burger Boats’ “floating palaces,” as “Million Dollar Yachts” called them, carry sailboats and power boats and boast such features as en suite marble baths with heated floors and master salons that span an entire deck. Burger claims that it’s the oldest custom yacht builder in America. And, according to Showboats International magazine’s Global Order Book, it’s one of the largest in the world.
Generations of craftsmen have reportedly remained loyal to Burger Boats, which has worked with such well-known naval architects as J.B. Hargrave and C. Raymond Hunt. The company has built everything from wooden schooners and steamers to all-welded steel and aluminum vessels designed to serve as anything from corporate yachts to ferries and reportedly winning races and setting records, according to its Web site.
Burger yachts have been more recently lauded for their “earth-friendly” aspects. The Burger 113 with full-displacement aluminum hull and round bilges said to minimize fuel consumption and maximize range was named one of Yachting magazine’s 2005 best superyachts of the year. A 151-foot classic fantail cruiser, built with what The Triton nautical newspaper calls a high-strength, highly corrosive-resistant material known as Alustar, is a 2010 best displacement finalist in Boat International Media’s World Superyacht Awards. The vessel, Sycara IV, was built for environmentally conscious owners and designed for low fuel consumption and wakes that won’t damage the shoreline, according to Marine Engineers Review.