Richardson Boat Company was established by George Reid Richardson in 1909 and ran until 1962 in North Tonawanda, NY. Over the course of those 52 years, Richardson established the company as a major boat builder, emplying at times over 200 workers, and earning commendations from the Federal government for it's work during World War II. The Richardson line included a full range of cutom and production cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts, in addition to work boats and miltary craft.
In the 1930's, the company began a tradition of promoting sales with Richardson "Sailaways", where groups of new owners could pick up their boats at the factory in North Tonawanda, and cruise together en masse along the Erie Canal and down the Hudson River to New York City.
Advertisements touted the Richardson's, "Smartness of appointments, practicability, and the famous unmatched-dollar-value are easily evident." And further touted: "You need not be rich to enjoy the sport of power boating--in a Richardson." Still true to this day.
- www.richardsonboats.com/ Richardson Boat Owners Association
- Richardson Boat Co. Gallery - by N. Tonawanda History Museum
- 1935 Richardson Sailaway Movie (YouTube)