For over 35 years, Bill Munson has been a pioneer
in the welded aluminum boat building industry. In his
early years, instead of doing his schoolwork, Bill drew
pictures of boats. He designed and built his first boat
at the age of 13 and has since designed and built over
2,000 welded aluminum vessels. While serving in the
US Navy in Vietnam, he was introduced to the benefits
of welded aluminum boats where he learned to weld
and fabricate aluminum Swift Patrol Boats. After the war,
Bill went right to work building aluminum gill netting and
seine fishing vessels in Alaska which added to his
practical approach to vessel design and outfitting.
His experience in aluminum hull design, construction
and operation has allowed Munson Boats to become
a world leader in the design and creation of welded
Bill continued to gain experience and knowledge
in the finer points of aluminum boat building by
designing and Seasled Utility Skiffs which were
exceedingly popular in the 70's and 80's. The
Seasled hulls offered a stable working platform for
the customer not overly concerned with a soft ride.
The Seasled's wide, slightly dished flat bottom
offered excellent side to side stability and load
packing capabilities. The shallow draft of these hulls
and their square bow configurations made them a
popular choice for short run, heavy load applications.
Seasleds were built in sizes from 16 to 24 feet and
powered with single outboard motors. These
heavily built vessels found a home where a
indestructible workboat was an
absolute necessity .
The Early Years of Munson Boats
Today, every Munson Boat is built with the experience
and knowledge gained from building a wide variety of
welded aluminum boats for wide variety of applications.
When you choose a Munson Boat, you can rest assured
that you will receive a vessel that combines the highest
level of design, weld quality, craftsmanship and perfor-
mance available. No compromises are made with a
Munson Boat... no corners are cut.
There is simply no
comparison to the efficiency, quality and performance
of a Munson Boat. For more than a genration, Munson
boats have been striving to build the world's finest
aluminum baots. Let us put our vast experience
incomparable boat building skill
to work for you.
Bill began building the square bow, modified vee hull
design in 1981. The square bow vee hull was desirable
for many workboat applications. Bow rollers, bow steps,
bow lockers and many other options adapted well to this
configuration. The increased space over the pointed bow
design combined with the ride of a pleasure cruiser
made it a very good heavy sea workboat.
The first Munson "V" hull landing craft vessels
were built in 1984. A bow door adaptation was
easily made to the
square bow configurations
that were currently being produced by Munson.
This new "V" hull landing craft was the only hull
of its kind to offer a deep forefoot and bow door
in the same hull.
The Munson Landing Craft Design