Burger Boat Company

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Burger Boat Company
Founded 1863
Headquarters Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.
Key people
Jim Ruffolo, President/CEO
Products Custom pleasure yachts.
Number of employees
Website www.burgerboat.com

The Burger Boat Company, of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, US, is a builder of custom-designed, hand-built pleasure yachts. The company also produces commercial vessels.

Henry B. Burger founded the H. Burger Shipyard in 1863 in Manitowoc, WI. It produced its first welded steel yacht in 1938 and began using welded aluminum in 1952. Of the 500 yachts built in the company's history, there are about 250 still in service.[1][2]

David Ross and partner Jim Ruffolo, Chicago entrepreneurs, acquired the bankrupt company in 1993. Ross retired in 2007. Burger is now headed by Jim Ruffolo, President/CEO. About 350 employees build an average of three yachts a year.[3]


  1. ^ "Burger Background Information". MarineSource Network. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "History". Burger Boat Company. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Archived April 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.