Ocean Master History
Center Console Pioneer
Mark Hauptner is the founder and owner of Ocean Master. He is one of the true pioneers of the classic Palm Beach sportfisherman and has designed, built, and raced boats for over 50 years. Among other achievements he holds 14 world records, 6 national championships and has been inducted into the American Powerboat Hall of Champions and Gulf Hall of Fame.
A Boat That Didn’t Exist
In 1974 Mark was busy running his Mercury engine dealership when a longtime customer voiced his frustration at being unable to find a large center console that would meet his expectations. In particular, this customer wanted a large, outboard powered center console that would be capable of making the 2,200 mile roundtrip through the Caribbean island chain. Remember this was 1974. At that time the idea of a 31 foot outboard powered center console fishing boat was considered foolish by the established marine industry.
"Heck, We'll Build It!"
After much thought and discussion, Mark decided the only option was to design and build the boat himself. That first boat, aptly named "The Only One," became the now legendary Ocean Master 31’. The Ocean Master 31' was the first large outboard sportfisherman built to fish well offshore and compete with the best inboard sportfisherman available.
The Large Center Console is Born
The 31’ changed the concept of outboards in the marine industry in terms of power, speed, and fishability. And of course that first boat continues to chase fish on the Palm Beach coast to this very day.
Owned by Mark Hauptner
Ocean Master is still owned and run on a day-to-day basis by its founder, Mark Hauptner. Mark works in the factory every day and continues to oversee each Ocean Master produced. Customers are often shocked to call the factory asking for information or a brochure only to find themselves on the line with Mark.
Built the Right Way
There is no corporate pressure to produce cheap, mass market boats. There is only a fanatical obsession with building boats the right way for a limited number of customers. Boats that are designed and built for offshore conditions as they exist in the real world - not magazine articles.
Amazing Owner Loyalty
Ocean Master owners exhibit loyalty that is the envy of the boating industry. Sure it is impressive to note that the average Ocean Master customer has been boating for 25 years and has owned over 6 boats. But what really stands out is that such an incredibly experienced group of owners rates Ocean Master 9+ on a scale of 1 to 10.
Mark continues to expand the Ocean Master line of boats and improve an already proven product line. But what will never change is his absolute commitment to build the highest quality, toughest sportfishing machines available. At Ocean Master there is only one thing – building boats the right way and without compromise.
“A design so perfect that it has remained in production
for over 30 years and is considered the benchmark by
which all others are judged."
Even US Navy Fishes Ocean Master
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