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LandCraft has been a family-owned business for over 39 years, and we'd like to thank our dedicated associates, customers and vendors for these great years.  Check out company news below!

News
2017 Launch Ramp Opening Dates:
April 1st
Alsip boat launch, calumet river

Year-round
Worth boat launch, calumet river
2017 Marina Opening Dates:
April 1st
  • Waukegan Harbor
  • Portage IN Public Marina
  • Washington Park Marina, Michigan City, IN
  • Reefpoint Marina, Racine WI
May 1st
  • Chicago Harbors (31st Street, Monroe, Jackson Park, Belmont, Montrose, Burnham, Dusable, 59th Street, Diversey)
  • Hammond Marina
  • New Buffalo Public Marina
Highlight Story
Row4aCure
October 3-4, 2016

Row4aCure contacted us on September 9, 2016 in need of paintwork on a homemade row boat that was built to take a 65-mile solo trek across Lake Michigan. The Row4aCure organization was established to raise funds for childhood cancer research, specifically finding a cure neuroblastoma. While working with this group we learned that childhood cancer research receives very little funding compared to other forms of cancer research, making this a noteworthy cause to support. 

Our team gladly took on the project at no charge for this great cause, and we also supported the rower (Jake) on his trek across the lake. LandCraft followed him in a support boat, and here are details from the event:

Jake was scheduled to row on September 30, 2016 but was delayed due to a slow moving low pressure system across the region. On the 30th there were strong winds and 10 foot waves... not a good day to row. Per NOAA and Coast Guard recommendations, the row was rescheduled for the evening of Sunday October 2nd... but at 7pm EST, we headed out into unexpected lingering fog and large swells, so we had to delay the row for safety reasons until the nighttime fog cleared.

On Monday October 3rd at approximately 8:50 am we left St. Joseph Michigan for Chicago, following Jake Beckley and the Row4aCure boat. The lake was still settling after days of strong winds and large waves. After a few hours of rowing the winds became calm and the lake took on a glassy sheen giving Jake optimal rowing conditions. Shortly after sundown on Monday evening, at approximately 10pm, heavy winds out of the East/Southeast came upon us quickly creating 4 foot chop with 6-8 foot waves eventually taking over by about 1-2 am. After hours of Jake fighting the waves, and after calling the Coast Guard station for confirmation of weather conditions (winds and waves expected to increase), we called Jake to our boat. The weather conditions became too hazardous for the row to safely continue - it would become nearly impossible to safely rescue Jake and the Row4aCure boat had we waited much longer to secure them to our vessel.

With strong winds and waves to our stern quarter and hull side, we had to continue to travel at idle speed with the Row4aCure boat (which had to be secured twice after coming loose in the intense lake conditions). We arrived safely at Dusable Harbor at approximately 5:30 am on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. 

In some of the photos from the row (see below), you will be able to see the damage the Row4aCure boat suffered in the harsh conditions we faced. This was no average fundraising campaign. The Discovery Channel should have filmed this entire amazing, dramatic event as it unfolded—we are disappointed that we didn't have multiple cameras rolling to capture the spectacular, unexpectedly dramatic 24-hours of footage.

On October 14, 2016 we attended the Row4aCure after party and fundraising auction, celebrating with the great people that contributed to this campaign for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

A special thank you goes out to Jake and Rafaela Beckley for introducing us to their foundation and this cause - allowing LandCraft to contribute and assist, Rafaela Beckley and JC Guerrero for their deckhand assistance, Senator John Proos for securing a boat slip for us in St. Joseph, and Dusable Harbor for providing us with unexpectedly needed safe refuge upon our return. Also, thank you to Fusion92 and the Beckley's for putting together a great after party and auction with continued fundraising efforts at the Columbia Yacht Club.

Stay tuned for the next annual fundraising effort to bring awareness to the devastating cancer affecting children (neuroblastoma), and also efforts to bring attention to childhood cancer awareness month (September). Childhood cancer research gets very little funding and attention compared to other causes. Please help spread awareness throughout the year. 

Row4aCure
Row4aCure
September 30, 2016

Jake with Row4aCure contacted us on September 9, 2016 in need of paintwork on his homemade row boat that he is taking on a solo trek across Lake Michigan (65 miles) at the end of the month. Our team gladly took on the project at no charge for this great cause, and we're cheering Jake on. LandCraft will be following him across the lake as a support boat. 

Jake is a guy with a big heart, taking on his fear of water and little boating experience, and he's conquering both in a huge feat to help children with cancer. Row4aCure is Jake's self-funded campaign and all proceeds are going directly to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for cancer research. Please consider donating to this great cause at https://www.gofundme.com/row4acure

If you have 2 minutes to spare, please check out the Row4aCure video below to learn more about all that Jake is rowing for.

Current Events
So Fast It Worries Us TM
Keep an eye out for press and videos related to our custom build of the largest waverunner in the WORLD. Details and Videos Coming Soon!

See the latest pictures of the project on our Instagram account @landcraftmarine and follow us on Facebook.

Past Events
Chicago Boat & RV Show - McCormick Place
January 14-18, 2009

LandCraft Marine was at the 2009 Chicago boat show to offer free consultation services as well as display some of our work.  From fiberglass and gel coat repair to custom boat entertainment systems, our portfolio was a big hit!  Thank you to our many loyal clients for visiting our booth, and thank you to the many new customers we met at the show!
Chicago Harbors
Westrec Marina Catalog 2009
Spring/Summer 2009

See our ad in Chicago's 2009 Westrec Marina Catalog and use the special offer code to receive FREE OVERNIGHT shipping on boat electronics orders.  See this promotion for details.

Also, be sure to visit our booth at Chicago's Burnham Harbor in June 2009 for Westrec's Boaters Day!
Hammond Marina
Hammond Marina Customers
March 2007

With the Hammond Marina closed for the 2007 season while casino expansion takes place, we understand that you have either temporarily or permanently relocated your boat.  Many of our Hammond customers were accustomed to our dockside repair services, but we also repair on-site at most Chicago and NW Indiana marinas as well.  So give LandCraft Marine a call and we will repair your boat wherever you have it docked!  We will be glad to continue the same great service to you and your boat.  If your boat is trailorable we always offer year-round in-shop repair services at our facility in Crestwood, IL.
Crestwood Newspaper
 Newspaper Article on LandCraft - Crestwood Advisor
January 2006, Number 345

"The calendar year may say January, but it's a good time of the year to think about the upcoming boating season, a sure way to raise your spirits while contending with the snow and weather.  You say your boat's not ready for the new season?  Read this.

It's time to introduce you to LandCraft Marine, 13626 Cicero Ave.  Their phone is 708-385-0717.  LandCraft has been in business since 1978, providing fiberglass, gel-coat repair and other marine services, including repairs of wood and upholstery on boats.
This service-oriented business can also install custom marine stereo systems for you and offers mobile and in-water repair services, in addition to insurance claim processing.

After 27 years in the industry, LandCraft has proven reliability and a high degree of customer satisfaction to ensure repeat business.

To see pictures of their work and get money-saving coupons, look them up at their web site, www.Land-Craft.com.

So if you put your boat away with structure cracks or damage to the body that you intend to fix next year, well, it is next year and LandCraft can handle the repair chores.  They will repair torn or worn-out seats, color matching, refinishing and add decals and striping to get your boat to look like new.

And that's not all.  LandCraft can repair rotted wood decks and floors and upgrade your boat's electronic systems.  Their certified technicians will install video monitors, marine satellite TV, Sirius radio, Play Station entertainment stations, custom lighting and any other accessories you may need.

Why not get started now so you can enjoy the boating season [save money, and beat the repair rush] when it arrives this spring.

We think you'll find this just one more reason why we say, Smart Crestwood Shoppers Shop Crestwood."

Crestwood Advisor - January 2006
Chicago Air & Water Show 2005 - Lake Michigan
August 20-21, 2005

The crew at LandCraft spent a relaxing day on the lake after a long and hot summer of hard work at the marinas.  We had a great time and enjoyed a barbecue on the lake and the great Air Show.
Chicago Police Marine Unit Benefit Cruise - Aboard Mystic Blue at Navy Pier
September 19, 2004

We spent an evening aboard a benefit cruise for a fallen police officer's family.  We met up with many great people and celebrated in remembrance.
LandCraft Marine Chicago Boat Show
Chicago Boat & RV Show - McCormick Place
January 21-25, 2004

LandCraft was the only specialized Marine Audio/Video Authorized Sales and Installation booth in the show.  We offer the marine market both water resistant and waterproof audio equipment as well as custom designed systems.  The show was very successful and LandCraft welcomed many new customers and business clients.
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