Published in the January 2011 Issue January 2011 Ask The Expert


"Crafted, never assembled" is the mission statement at Pluckebaum Custom Boats. This Kentucky manufacturer traces its roots back to 1932 when founder Arthur Pluckebaum and his brother first started building boats. After World War II, in 1946, Arthur built the first Pluckebaum houseboat, a steel hull and wood superstructure that would ultimately be the beginnings of Pluckebaum Custom Boats. During the years, over 600 Pluckebaum boats have been produced and Arthur has many innovations to his credit. 

Today, son Dennis Pluckebaum is in charge and continues his father's tradition of custom, all-aluminum coastal cruisers and motor yachts. Pluckebaum produces only a handful of boats per year, each one custom-built to the owner's specifications and desires. As evidence of their enduring value, many Pluckebaum boats are built as the second, third and even fourth boat for the same owner. Quality and classic lines help to maintain high resale value for many years.

The quality of construction is second to none and has been a proven name in the custom boat business for the last 60 years. Each and every new yacht is custom built to meet the owner's specifications and exceed their expectations.

Date Founded: 1946

Location: Prospect, Ky.

Best-selling model or floor plan: Custom

Smallest houseboat built to date: 34'

Largest houseboat built to date: 82'

Hull Design: Aluminum Full Hull

Water Application: Lakes, Rivers and Intercoastal

In-house transportation available: No

In-house interior designer available: No

"Pluckebaum owners have always been proud of their personal involvement in the building of a fine quality craft. And with Pluckebaum, this infinite quality and craftsmanship are more then a promise; they are a time honored tradition."

- Dennis Pluckebaum

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