Founded in 1925, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Correct Craft is known for both excellence in the marine industry and its caring company culture. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies; PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator engine companies; and Aktion Parks, operator of Orlando Watersports Complex, Miami Watersports Complex, and coming soon, Elite Cable Park.
Walt C. Meloon created the Florida Variety Boat Company in 1925. During the early days, the company built a variety of craft ranging from sailboats to powerboats to race boats. By 1936, the primary focus of the company was the construction of power boats and the company name was officially changed to Correct Craft. Despite the Great Depression, the company continued to grow.
During the Korean Conflict, Correct Craft, Inc. was awarded a government contract to build 3,000 boats, and they geared up to fill the order. However, an unscrupulous inspector[who?] demanded a bribe before he would approve the boats. The owners could not in good conscience do this, so more than 600 boats were rejected, and the company was forced into bankruptcy. Because they were men of their word, the Meloon family did not view bankruptcy as a release from their obligations. They started the slow process of rebuilding the company and paying back the debts they owed. It took 20 years, but because of their commitment to stand behind their word, they were able to repay each of their creditors in full.
In the early 1940s through 1957, the recreational boat business prospered and Correct Craft operated an additional manufacturing facility in Titusville, Florida, building boats of 18–55 feet. The advent of fiberglass brought new possibilities to the marine industry in the 1960s and Correct Craft worked with designer Leo Bentz to bring the fiberglass Nautique to market in 1961.
In the 1970s, Correct Craft produced an array of runabouts, cuddy-cabin and center console models including the Southwind, Martinique, Cuddy Nautique, Fish Nautique and Ski Nautique.
In the 1980s, towed water sports surged and the company’s Ski Nautique 2001 and Barefoot Nautique pulled many tournaments around the world. The company’s push to position the Ski Nautique as the best slalom & three event boat in the world caused an increase in orders on Ski & Barefoot Nautique 2001’s (2001 referring to a model designation then in use) and a decrease in demand on such other offerings as Martinuque, Dominique, Southwind, Sea Nautique, Cuddy Nautique, Fish Nautique, Bass Nautique and by the 1990’s the company was only producing boats in the Barefoot Nautique (later known as the Nautique Excel) and Ski Nautique lineage.
In the 1990s, the focus on having no wake suddenly shifted to larger & configurable wakes behind the boat for kneeboarding and wakeboarding. The Sport Nautique is the most important advancement the company made in the 1990’s as they answered consumer demand for a larger boat with an open bow. Correct Craft invented a tower to add even more height to these newer sports and the Sport Nautique was the platform they ultimately used as their wakeboarding-specific boat, Air Nautique. This re-badged Sport Nautique was fitted with pockets in the hull that helped conform the wake when on plane at speeds of 18-22mph. Successfully receiving a patent for their tower device, the Flight Control Tower, combined with factory installed ballast tanks, led to the creation of the Pro Air Nautique, the Air Nautique and in late 1998 as a 1999 model – the Super Air Nautique.
In the 2000s Nautique constructed a new manufacturing plant, a 217,000-square-foot (20,200 m2) facility, located on the outskirts of Central Florida. Nautique also introduced a new saltwater capable package, the Coastal Edition, available for select models. Nautique also introduced the Ski Nautique 200, available in open or closed bow