October 31, 2015

About Us

 60 Years of Quality Yacht Hardware

C&C Yachts Grampus Klacko hardware

Established in the 60s, Martin Klacko started building metal parts for Erich Bruckmann’s Custom Boatworks. By the 70s, Klacko soon began providing C&C Yachts and a number of major Canadian yacht builders with all of their metal hardware needs.

In the late 80s, Klacko Marine established the well known fabrication shop on Third Line. During this expansion the workshop was busy fabricating metal parts for all the major builders of the time as well as custom projects for industry and the public.

By the early 90s, Martin Klacko decided to focus on supplying commercial clients with production stainless steel and aluminum from the new workshop in Grimsby, Ontario. Despite a downturn in the boating industry, the Grimsby shop was busier than ever and produced many interesting and successful products.

Martin’s younger brother Danny Klacko continued with the Spar Division in Oakville under the new name Klacko Spars. Today, Tim and Daniel are actively running day to day operations at the Oakville Spar Location.

In 1995, Doug Gierula began apprenticing alongside Martin at the Grimsby Klacko Facility. During his apprenticeship, Doug also completed degrees in Biochemistry and Mechanical/Chemical Engineering. Upon Martin’s retirement, Doug took the helm of Klacko Marine as the company’s new owner and lead fabricator.

In 2015, Klacko Marine operations have moved to a new Niagara facility in St.Catharines, Ontario.

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Klacko Spars and Klacko Marine are two separate companies, but to this day work jointly in providing the yachting community with high levels of fabrication service and expertise.

More history on Klacko’s contributions can be found in the following article by Rob Mazza.