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Old 12-13-2010, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Burns Craft

Burns Craft
Any one tell me anything about this builder?
We are looking at a late 80's 37 ft Dynasty. Until I came across this boat I had never heard of Burns Craft.

This is the information we have available:

Specs
Builder: Burns Craft

* Dimensions
LOA: 37 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 2 in
Beam: 14
Displacement: 20000

* Engines
Engine Brand: Crusader 454
Engine Model: 454 FWC
Cruising Speed: 23 mph
Maximum Speed: 29 mph
Total Power: 350
Fuel: 300
Fresh Water: 100
Holding: 45

* Accommodations
Two staterooms on board
Center line Queen master cabin
Two double berths aft cabin
Settee sleeps Two
6'4" headroom
Large U shape settee
Carpet
Head w/ separate shower
Transom door
storage
heating/air conditioning

* Galley
3 burner electric stove with oven
Double door 12/110v refrigerator/freezer
Double SS sink
microwave

*Engine Compartment
Fresh water cooling
Blowers
Hour meter
Halon system
Bilge pumps
Batteries with switches

* Electronics
Depth sounder
VHF
Compass
Two wipers
Search light
Horn
Trim tab
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'll find some history here:
http://www.yachting4u.com/Brands/212/BURNS-CRAFT
Evidently they were a houseboat manufacturer in Alabama who later expanded into small yachts.
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for your response Captain.
Although this article is helpful in explaining the birth of Burns Craft, I'm looking for info on the actual boat and if any Burns Craft owner’s clubs exist (specifically for the express cruiser and not for house boats).

Again, I do thank you for your time.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Spent time on one in 1984 ... I was 21 yrs old so the owner would get me to climb into the bilge to do some work to those 454's ... it's funny how little I remember about the boat ... I can tell you though that his daughter (my girlfriend) at the time was very special. We both enjoyed that boat. I never anticipated that I would someday become a boat owner myself.

Sorry I cannot tell you more about the Burns Craft but I never forgot the name!
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Back in the mid 1980's I worked for a dealership called Marineland based in New York, and they were the Burnscraft dealer. The Dynasty was the express model and it was lower in price than other boats of the same size, and at the time it was a good value with a modern design for that age.

I have found over many years of boat sales that there is often a relationship between initial cost for a boat and subsequent care. A buyer who would pay more for higher quality would pay more for maintenence. Some of these Burnscrafts were well maintained, others not so.
However with boats that are over 15 years old, the quality of recent maintenance over the last five years or more is critical. Like all boats it needs a good hull surveyor and maybe a seperate engine surveyor.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing your experience with me.
You're right on having this or any boat of that age surveyed. I was amazed at the fact that these Burn Craft boats from the 80’s were holding their value. I mean, they are selling in the mid $40’s to $50’s range. One has to assume that it was a well constructed boat with excellent workmanship and they are well maintained by their owners.
Do you remember the going price for a new one was?

Also, I noticed that you spelled the manufacturer’s name as Burnscraft and not Burns Craft. Is your recollection of the name the correct version?
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Burns Craft
Any one tell me anything about this builder?
We are looking at a late 80's 37 ft Dynasty. Until I came across this boat I had never heard of Burns Craft.

This is the information we have available:

Builder: Burns Craft
37 ft
Crusader 454 FWC
Any one with info on this?
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Any one with info on this?
You're dealing with a 20+ year old boat. Obviously it has something going for it. You needn't be so concerned with Burns Craft (that's how I see the spelling come up) per se as much as the individual boat, i.e. if she fits your bill, how she rides at sea trial (a trip through the Race on a marginal day will give you that), the survey and the motor survey. Don't forget to check for blisters and moisture content in the hull.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I do not remember the pricing when it was new but it was less than Sea Ray, Regal and others that are better known. My mistake calling it Burnscraft instead of Burns Craft.
At the time I was sales manager for a Marineland location in Connecticut, the Burns Craft was only sold at the City Island, NY location. Shortly before the New York Boat Show that year we had a sales meeting and discussed the Burns Craft models. The sales manager for Burns Crfat asked us to vote whether the flybridge or express (The Dynasty) was a better value, and we voted for the Dynasty. When I got to the display at the boat show there was a sign on the Dynasty that read "Voted Best Value in Show" and he sold a bunch of boats that week!
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Great story and good marketing.
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