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The founders sold the company in 1960, but Chris-Craft continued building wooden boats until 1972.

The company is still around today, building boats made of fiberglass.

Today, the Century Boat Company is based in Florida and produces fiberglass boats.

The Shepherd Boat company was a small semi-custom builder of wooden boats, somewhat understated in styling but of high quality.

Its American distributor, Jafco Marine Basin of Buffalo, NY marketed the Shepherds heavily in the US, and the boats gained in popularity. [with the] grace and agility of a runabout" as exclaimed by its advertisement in January 1954 Motor Boating magazine.

By 1953, Shepherd was producing five models, including a convertible express cruiser, an 18-foot V-drive runabout, an 18-foot direct drive utility, and the Seamaster Twenty a "roomier and stauncher 20-foot utility that can ship a he-man cargo of luggage, camp gear, or provisions . In his book The Real Runabouts I, author Bob Speltz notes, "Shepherd did not switch from wood [to fiberglass] as most other inboard builders did and it seemed by 1960, the wooden inboard runabout market had all but dried up." And with that, so did the Shepherd Boat company.

Struggling through the lean years of the depression, Century offered a wide variety of finely crafted, 15- to 20-foot runabouts, utilities, and outboards.

During World War II, the company supplied over 3,500 small assault boats -- a dedication that earned the defense department's Army-Navy "E" flag.

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According to Bob Speltz in his book, The Real Runabouts IV, "Stanley built a lot of skiffs, large double ended, powered guideboats, and at least a few special inboard speedboats or runabouts.In contrast to the decline experienced by noted wood boat producers at the time such as Gar Wood and Hacker, Century enjoyed a period of unprecedented prosperity after the War.