In 1977 Jack Leek launched Ocean Yachts with the company's first boat — a 40' sportfisherman to which our 25th anniversary New Generation 40 Super Sport paid tribute. But Jack was not the first Leek to build boats in New Jersey. In fact, Leeks have been building and launching them in the historic Mullica River since 1721.
Ocean's heritage reaches as far back as the original American colonies. Leek-manufactured vessels helped develop our coastal and river trade, create a rich fishing industry, battle pirates and privateers, intercept rum runners during Prohibition and German U-boats in World War II. We can justly say that the Leek family's involvement in the American maritime industry is as old as the industry itself.
C. P. Leek, for example, pioneered the U.S. pleasure craft industry in the 1920s. Later in the century, his Pacemaker line became the most sought-after production power boats on the market. C. P. was the grandfather of Ocean Yachts’ founder Jack, great-grandfather of our current President, John E. Leek III, and great-great-grandfather of Ocean's General Manager and Director of Design and Engineering, John E. Leek IV. C. P.’s descendents would produce some of the world's finest luxury sportfishing and cruising yachts.
Today’s Ocean Yachts may have little in common with those early Leek vessels, or even with C. P.’s revolutionary Pacemakers. But they express — in fiberglass instead of wood — the same spirited determination to produce the highest quality yachts in the world.
It is this resolve that has made Ocean Yachts the world's largest producer of quality-built Super Sports, Sport Fish, and Odyssey models in the 40' to 73' class. Our yachts are valued by thousands of owners — running in all the world's great seas — for their unbeatable combination of performance, speed, power, luxury, styling and durability. Boats that appeal to serious sportfishermen and devoted pleasure cruisers, alike.