Challenger 21 CC Challenger
BayRider 238
BayRider 2260
Challenger 190

Our Story

KenCraft Boats have been proudly manufactured in Wilson, NC for over 43 years and has been independent and family owned from the beginning and still is today. We take great pride in building the finest inshore and offshore boats that incorporate the latest materials and workmanship. Each boat is carefully constructed by experienced craftsmen that have been part of the KenCraft family for many years.

KenCraft Boats offer the best value for the customer because our quality, fit and finish, and functionality is second to no other builder, yet we can offer our product at a reasonable cost that allows the entire family to enjoy boating. Take a look at our Why Kencraft tab for more information on our boat lines.


Our Boat Lines


Inshore Elegance, Offshore Attitude

For over 43 years KenCraft Challenger boats have been designed and built for the discriminating sportsman that demands a full featured, quality no-wood, no-rot constructed boat. With flared bows and deep gunwales, our boats were designed for the serious fisherman as well as the family cruiser.

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BayRider Skiff

It’s All in the Ride

The Bay Rider was designed to be different from the beginning. A best-in-class Skiff (also known as Flatbottom) that offers comfort as well as family affordability, while offering the ability to turn like a V hull on the water. You will not find a more versatile, fun, and safe boat for your family.

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BayRider Bay

The Angler’s Adventure

We think we have one of the very best Bay Boat platforms on the market for a few simple reasons. Bay Rider Bay boats are built with massive composite stringers below the deck to give support and stability to the boat, and we added a sharp deadrise up front and moderate deadrise in the rear to produce one of the best riding Bay Boats on the market.

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Why Us

Quality……….Is Our Promise
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Top Tier Materials

KenCraft boats are built with the finest raw materials available on the market today.  We use Ashland Gel Coats, and Resins (made in the USA), ATC Poly-Bond B39 Structural Adhesives, Accon Pull and Pop-Up cleats and lights, and the top of the line wiring  and plumbing systems that include Bronze Hardware below the waterline instead of cheaper Stainless fittings. No Compromises……..Ever!

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Family Value

We design and build our boats for the avid fisherman as well the cruising members of the family. Check out our fishing amenities that we combine with creature comforts on our boats. We do this while continuing to focus on the safety of your family on the water.

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Experienced Boat Builders

We have been building KenCraft boats for over 43 years, which makes us one of the oldest fiberglass boat building companies in America.  We are not the largest builder by choice.  We are a semi custom builder, and this is our promise to you which is also our Mission Statement:    Quality…………………Is Our Promise.

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Over-Built Not Over-Priced

We will show you how we are overbuilt and that we use the Best Materials possible with no exception. We will also continue to offer the best value for your dollar when it comes to shopping for that family boat.

Build Your Boat

Build Your Boat

Our facility consists of over 52,000 square feet of modern manufacturing space that occupies 5 acres of land. Come take a tour of our plant and see how we build our boats to last you a lifetime.

Contact one of our many dealers to begin enjoying the water.

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