Metal Shark traces its roots to 1983, when Jimmy Gravois founded Gravois Aluminum Boats, LLC and began building custom welded-aluminum fishing boats for Gulf Coast anglers.
Mr. Jimmy Gravois
Gravois 39 Pilothouse
Boat by boat, Mr. Gravois developed a reputation for the quality of his work and the performance of his hulls, and Gravois boats became sought-after in the marketplace. Due to their proven durability, Gravois boats became known as “lifetime hulls” among fishermen along the Gulf Coast from Texas to the Florida panhandle. Through the years, the company established a loyal following that continues to thrive.
Metal Shark #001
Metal Shark, circa 2002
In 2003, Mr. Gravois was approached by the parent company of Donzi and Pro-Line boats, American Marine Holdings (AMH), to produce aluminum boats to support its government sales efforts. Mr. Gravois partnered with AMH and “Metal Shark” was the name given to this new joint venture. The company launched its first aluminum patrol boats, which were marketed to military and law enforcement customers under the AMH umbrella.
Chris Allard and Jimmy Gravois
Seeing opportunities to further grow the business as an independent company, in 2005 Mr. Gravois and partner Chris Allard, former Director of Engineering at AMH, purchased Metal Shark outright. Together, this new ownership tandem implemented the customer-focused and engineering-centric business mentality that has helped Metal Shark land numerous large government contracts, attract and hire key personnel, focus on new markets, and fuel its exponential growth while maintaining its Louisiana roots and hands-on approach to boatbuilding.