UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT, BUT STILL CELEBRATING THE HISTORY.
Much has changed in the last couple of years, but Krates Marina honours the history that helps keep us the destination marina that our community and members trust.
In the spring of 1930, Fred Crate followed his dreams north of the city. He uprooted his wife and nine kids from Toronto, trekked up the dirt roads leading to Keswick and settled the family on the beautiful shores of Cooks Bay at the southern end of Lake Simcoe. By summertime, F.S. Crate and Sons – a fishing boat rental operation – was open for business.
Business grew, and over time more docks, buildings, and even a gas pump were added to the marina.
During the 1940’s, Crate’s boat-building expertise shifted from small fishing boats to launches and cruisers. In fact, many boats were custom built for well-known Canadians such as Former Governor-General Vincent Massey, and the Dack family of Dack Shoes. Many of the Crate Crafts built are still in service today.
By the mid-50's, Fred and his sons realized that there was a growing demand for more boats than they could build. And so, F.S. Crate and Sons became a Chris Craft dealer, and soon became the
largest Chris Craft dealer in both Ontario and all of Canada.
In 1964, Lloyd Crate took over the helm of F.S. Crate and Sons, and renamed the family business Crate Marine Sales Limited.
Crate Marine Sales enjoyed some 30 years of success as one of Carver’s largest dealers worldwide. The purchase of neighboring Dawson’s Marina more than doubled the acreage of the operation, and expanded dockage to more than 500 slips.
Today, under a new ownership of former customers & boaters, the tradition of excellence will continue with a staff of dedicated employees who take your boating as seriously as theirs. Our new ownership group and employees recognize that Krates will always be a great place to call home.
We welcome you to the family.