The Story of
Ed Huck Marine
– 125 Years and Counting –
For four generations, Ed Huck Marine, has been building community by providing special opportunities like our boat show ‘after party’ for customers and friends. Ed Huck Marine events are typically designed for our community to get to know one another, join forces to raise money together for worthy causes, and just plain have fun.
The Ed Huck Marina story begins when Fred Huck moved to Rockport in 1889 and started a boat-building business.
The Ed Huck Marina story begins when Fred Huck moved to Rockport in 1889 and started a boat-building business. Fred’s wife was Ellen Slate, whose family on Grindstone Island, NY, has a heritage of boat building. The Carnegies, Slates and Hucks were pioneers in motorized boats at the turn of the century in the Thousand Islands area. Fred later purchased an 11-acre site in 1905 that would become the Marina. By the end of World War II, his son, Ed Huck, and wife, Cassie, were operating both the marina and a tourist lodge now known as the Scenic Lodge and Cabins.
– The Fire of 1962 –
Disaster struck in February of 1962. A fire destroyed the total marine service and storage facilities. The Marina’s printed history records, little insurance and the middle of winter left the family in devastation. However, Ed and Cassie Huck, along with their sons Donald, Robert, Morris and Gerald, and daughter, Beverly, knew they could bounce back. The community that Ed Huck Marine had been building over the years that had earned them their strong reputation with suppliers and customers helped the Huck family rebuild. As a result the Marina was open for the season in May of 1962.
As the 3rd generation of Hucks took over in the late 70s and 80s they continued the Marina’s expansion and growth and when the 1990s rolled out, so too the 4th generation of family ownership, bringing with them enhanced service and support through greater products, services and technologies. Today under the leadership of Scott MacCrimmon, Peter Johnston, Jody Huck-Johnston, Heather Huck-MacCrimmon and Mark Dalton, Ed Huck Marine is known far and wide for fine boats and outstanding customer service.
– Our Customers –
Many Ed Huck customers have cottages on Islands and for them boats become the only method of transport. Getting ‘on and off island’ means their boats must run reliability and if a breakdown occurs, the repairs must be immediate. As boats become increasingly more sophisticated to operate, this generation’s Ed Huck team leverages technology to make sure this happens.
There’s an old saying in this region, ’the river chooses some.” Common lore suggests that “The River” draws people from around the world while only ‘choosing’ some. Those ‘chosen’ stay on, often for generations, full time or seasonally. It’s pretty clear that the Ed Huck family have been ‘chosen,’ generation after generation to take a leadership role in boats and boating on the River.