When a salesman from Inland Marine Corporation asked Howard for 50 more aluminum boats, the Lund® Boat Company began production of "The World's Finest Fishing Boats". This initial order of boats put Lund on the map for generations to come.
In 1961, Howard re-incorporated the company as Lund Metal Craft, Inc. and expanded into the fiberglass market. With the acquisition of Shell Lake Boat Company, Lund would now increase versatility with a product line up for both fishing and family recreation.
The 70's were the decade some iconic Lund Boats were born. The Tyee and Mr. Pike emerged with models including the Tyee Offshore and Tyee Cubby. Lund also had an expansive fiberglass offering from a 22'6" Cuddy Cabin Plus, sailboats and even the famed 315 Guide Special which is where some of the biggest names in fishing started with Lund like Al Lindner and Gary Roach.
It was the 80's when Lund Boat Company closed its Shell Lake fiberglass facility to focus on the aluminum boat manufacturing company in New York Mills, MN. Concentrating on aluminum, the innovative models like the iconic Pro V, Baron, Rebel and Alaskan came to life. Some other niche boats like the Newport (center console) and the 2100 & 2450 Sport Cabin were born.
In 1994 Lund began offering pontoons such as the 2100 Angler, 2450 Explorer and later expanded with the 1800/2100 Sportsman, 2100 Executive/2100 Executive and the 2450 Chairman SE/2450 Chairman SE in 1995. In 1998, Lund celebrated 50-years and offered custom paint, special graphics and color matched motors on certain models.
In 2004, Brunswick Corporation completed the acquisition of the Lund Boat manufacturing plants in New York Mills, MN and Steinbach, MB. In 2008 Lund returns to the fiberglass boat market with the introduction of the GL fiberglass boat series. There were 2 models released, 186 Fisherman and the 186 Tyee. These were soon followed by the 197 Pro V GL and 208 Pro V GL.
Today, Lund retains its reputation as the industry’s leading aluminum fishing boat company. Built by fishermen for fishermen, we continue to innovate while honoring the boat-building traditions that have made the name legendary. With boats still on the water from generations past, the brand is strong and the boats are even stronger.