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History of Hanko’s Metal Works

In 1985 Harry “Hanko” Hoffpauir launched a revolutionary boat design that forever improved the marine industry. Still thriving to this day the family owned & operated Hanko Boats has delivered over 6,000 boats. The impressive company is based in Berwick, Louisiana, the heart of Sportsman’s Paradise.

While working as a yard superintendent overseeing the construction of offshore production platforms and other major projects for the Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas industry, Hanko decided to self-build an aluminum boat in his garage for personal use. That first boat commanded attention from others and drew many offers to buy his groundbreaking prototype.  Hanko then accepted an offer and immediately begun construction of a second boat. While this boat was coming together the word started to spread and orders begun to pour in for a “Hanko Aluminum Boat”. He quickly realized that his high-quality boats seem to sell themselves. The high demand coupled with Hanko’s newfound passion for building lifetime aluminum boats unleashed an extraordinary company providing unmatched superiority and value.

Starting off with a couple of helpers Hanko Boats has grown to over 35 dedicated employees who take pride in the Hanko name that they helped develop. The Hanko team satisfies customers both domestic and internationally. Hanko Boats conceived some of the first Oilfield Gauging boats, Vee Barges, and high-performance sportsman’s and family outing water vessels. Hanko Boats is now the #1 aluminum boat manufacturer with a product line that is used daily in the real world by real people who have come to know and love their Hanko boat. Countless Hanko boats completed in the mid-80’s is still in use today. We have re-powered scores of our boats many times over. Hanko Boats are Built for Life with guaranteed satisfaction. A solid and steadfast future lies ahead for Hanko Boats and we fully intend to stop at nothing to continue providing the best boat on the water. Order yours today.


Hankos will continue to Foster our team member’s prosperity and our company’s growth by suppling the best value in the boating market. We will Maintain the product line we are known for that enhances both enjoyment of life and job performance for generations to come.