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Repair, Re-Color, Re-Upholster!

Restoration Jobs: (select a job of interest)

Malibu Echelon Wake Boat Restoration


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In the before pictures we have already removed the original decals and striping, removed old upholstery and carpeting, removed old stereo equipment, and prepped the boat for the new colors, which were chosen by the boat's owner.  The family liked the new style of Malibu boats and they designed a new boat via Malibu Boat's web site (see picture to the left), a picture which they brought into LandCraft... We did our magic and created the boat they dreamed of for less than 1/3 the cost of a new wakeboard boat!

In the after pictures you will see the process of color refinishing take place, and watch as we transform the boat to fit a beautiful color palette, including custom designed decal applications, new carpet and upholstery featuring custom embroidered logos of the boat brand.  And what would a good wakeboard boat be without the sounds and lights?  We powder coated the boat owner's old tower, and added the bright halogen lights with marine grade tower speakers.

Some Extra Information About Malibu Boats

From the humble beginnings where Malibu built 100 custom ski boats in a small shop to their standing as the world’s number one manufacturer of water sports boats Malibu has become an exemplary American boat company. Malibu has won more Product Excellence Awards from industry experts than all other competitors combined including an amazing 13 Boat of the Year Awards. By 1995 Malibu was climbing the sales charts and became the second largest manufacturer of ski boats in the world. In 1997 General Motors enlisted Malibu to build the Corvette Limited Edition Ski Boat an engineering marvel that set new standards in ski boat design. By 2001, Malibu boats was at the top of the world in both awards and boat sales enlisting new production techniques and establishing new standards in customer service that has propelled us to where we are today, the new standard in the water sports industry.

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2001 Maxum 3300 Interior Remodeling



Our Client enjoys entertaining family and friends on this 33' Maxum, but the manufacturer designed salon layout was not conducive for seating larger crowds.  After reviewing interior layouts of other boats, both larger and approximately the same size, our design planners met with the Client to review options to remodel the interior according to the Client's goals and expectations.  You will see in the before picture that there is a large bed at the bow of the boat and in front of the bed a small seating area for about 4 people.  In the remodeling stages of pictures you will see that the interior was completely removed, our head designer and carpenter did a mockup interior layout, presented the mockup to the Client and once approved we began the carpentry work.  In the after pictures, you will see that the final design has included a new floorplan with recessed flooring at the galley area and custom built raised seating for 8-10 people, upholstered with top quality marine grade vinyl and vinyl piping.  Storage compartments were built underneath the seating to accommodate the belongings of the Client's additional guests.  You will also notice upgraded modern carpeting and custom cut and polished corian tabletops to match the manufacturer's galley counter.  Our Client is now able to entertain guests with increased seating capacity and WOW them with a brand new interior!  Looks like a new boat!


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Ski Nautique Ski Boat Restoration


Before   After




In the before pictures you will see the original brochure pictures of the 1990 Ski Nautique, as well as the before pictures we captured as we removed old decals and striping, removed old upholstery and carpet, and prepped the boat for it's new color, which was decided by the boat's owner.  At the time of restoration, the owner opted to keep the boats trailer in its original color, however, LandCraft Marine does offer boat trailer refinishing to match the color(s) of the boat.

In the after pictures you will see the process of color refinishing take place, and watch as we transform the boat to fit a beautiful color palette, including decal applications, new upholstery and carpet, with upholstery featuring custom embroidered logos of the boat brand, and we also refinished the oak wood platform.  Our client loved what we created with his ideas and specifications.

Some Extra Information About Ski Nautique/Correct Craft

For over 80 years, Correct Craft Inc. has dedicated itself to building boats of unsurpassed quality and performance. As a result, the name "Nautique" is synonymous with core competitive waterskiing and wakeboarding.

The Correct Craft Legacy, 1925-2008...

Correct Craft was the largest supplier of boats to the U.S. Navy in World War II. In 1960 the company purchased the first fiberglass inboard from Leo Bentz, which eventually became today's Ski Nautique. In 1990 the Ski Nautique deck was changed and featured a sloping transom and the widest beam of any tournament inboard in history. Correct Craft has been the premier name in competitive water skiing; Today, their Ski Nautique remains the benchmark by which other inboard tow boats are measured.


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1960's Glastron Restoration




In the before pictures you will see the boat stripped down to the shell, where we removed old carpeting, flooring, upholstery, windshield and instruments. There were a few cosmetic and structural repairs that needed to be performed prior to the refinishing stage, so repairs were completed in stage 2.  Metal fabrication was needed to fix part of the missing rub rail.  In stage 3, we began the refinishing process using the classic red and white Glastron colors, staying true to the 1960's era that this boat originated.

In the after pictures you will see the glossy updated finish, new carpeting, cleaned upholstery, and the original instruments cleaned and reinstalled. What a beautiful classic boat that this family can enjoy for decades to come!

Some Extra Information About Glastron Boats

Glastron is known for its boat hull design innovations, including the Aqualift and "SSV" hull designs, the latter of which is still in use today. Glastron was one of the first manufacturers of fiberglass boats, founded in Texas by Bob Hammond in 1956, the company was sold to Genmar Holdings in the 1990's and manufacturing was moved to Minnesota.


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2006 Yamaha GP1300R: Customized Racing PWC with Graphics Scheme Painted to Match Helmet




Jet Ski Racing client requested a custom paint scheme that matched his helmet - We delivered!

In the before pictures you will see the customized racing 2006 Yamaha PWC as it came to our workshop.  Structural fiberglass repairs were required prior to our refinishing and graphic work.  In the next stage, we changed the base color and then began our graphics work.  In the completed images you will see the helmet that we were given as a template and the graphics scheme that we custom painted to the Yamaha!

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 Business since 1978, LandCraft is Chicago's one stop shop for marine (powerboat, yacht, sailboat, jet ski) fiberglass repair and customizing as well as autobody customizing and body kit installations.  LandCraft is also an authorized retailer of some of the most high-end boat audio and video products and we also sell and install high-end audio and video for cars.  LandCraft is an authorized vendor for repair services at many Chicago area marinas and boat dealerships, such as Hammond Marina, Burnham Harbor, Monroe Harbor, Skyway Yacht Works, Sunset Bay Marina, Riverdale Marina, Pier 11 Marina, Dawson's Creek Marina, Marine Services, Milo Boat Sales, WaterWerks Boat Sales, Chicago Sports & Cycle, and O'Hare Airport Transit Systems.  Call LandCraft at 708-385-0717 for more info.Hammond Marina Hammond Marina Closure Horeshoe Casino Expansion Marina Relocation Indiana Michigan Illinois Chicago Illinois Authorized Retailer Distributor Boat Fiberglass Repair Specialists Since 1978 Awlgrip Imron Gel Coat Rotted Wood Full Service Shop Boat Body Shop Mobile Repairs We Carry $2,000,000 in Liability Insurance

LandCraft Auto & Marine Inc.
Chicago's Boat Repair & Fiberglass Specialists
13626 S. Cicero Avenue, Crestwood Illinois 60445
Phone: (708) 385-0717

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