Streblow Custom Boats is one of the oldest wooden boat makers in the United States. In 1947, Larry Streblow began building boats as a hobby. He loved to personally design and build small crafts and excelled at it. His friends encouraged him to start a boat company and build small outboard boats for other people. This hobby began in his small garage, where he eventually turned out his first hull in 1950. Pretty soon, his hobby outgrew his garage and the Streblow legacy was born.
Built and tested for the big waters of Lake Michigan, Larry’s crafts had gained a reputation for superior handling in all bodies of water and his popularity grew. In 1954, he moved again and formally incorporated his business into Streblow Custom Boats, Inc. He still served as “the designer” and was responsible for creating all Streblows; from small outboards, to outboard cruisers, to inboards. Meanwhile, his son, Randy, joined his team. From age 12, Randy showed the same vigor for wooden boat making as his father. In 1987, the operation moved to Delavan, Wisconsin, just off the south side of Geneva Lake. Being in such an avid wooden boating community, the people of Geneva Lake helped to make Streblow the trademark boat of the area – as today more than 100 Streblows skim the waters.
Geneva Lake truly is Streblow Country.
After Larry’s passing, Randy Streblow carried on the love and ingenuity of mahogany boats that his father cultivated, while sharing the business with the next generation. He often said, “there’s nothing I would rather do. I get paid to play with toys.” Randy brought a level of passion and strong customer relations. We continue that legacy today. Once you own a Streblow, you become part of our Streblow Family.
In 2016, Steve Horton, Randy Streblow’s protege and valued employee of over 30 years, took ownership of Streblow Custom Boats. Today, Bob, Steve, Ed, Juan, Mick, George and Ryan continue to carry on the legacy of our fine mahogany water crafts, all based on Larry’s original hull designs. With over 500 Streblows built since the company’s beginning, it is clear that Streblow will continue to make waves in the wooden boating industry.
2020 marks 70 years of doing what we love! Thank you to all for the support and deep appreciation of our beautiful wooden watercrafts.