Ambrose Weeres, 1907-1991
Weeres Pontoons was formed in 1952 from a mill owner’s simple idea. In the rural town of Richmond, Minn., Ambrose Weeres had theorized that if you put a wooden platform on top of two columns of steel barrels, welded together end to end, you would have a sturdy deck that would be more stable on a lake than a conventional boat. With his first prototype, the pontoon boat was born. Living in the land of 10,000 lakes, Weeres thought his idea might have some marketing potential. He started out building a small number of boats, calling them The Empress, and sold them locally with the help of a few dealers. Little did he realize just how popular these boats would become. Weeres’ workshop couldn’t keep up with demand, so he started his own company, Weeres Pontoons, and was soon given the moniker “Mr. Pontoon.”
In 1991, Weeres was elected to the Minnesota Marine Hall of Fame for his contribution to the world of boating. Sixty years after that first boat, Weeres Pontoons are still being built, but with all the technological advancements of twenty-first-century manufacturing. Today, Weeres employs 80 people–boaters just like you–who put their experience, ingenuity and dedication to quality into each and every boat they produce. NMMA certification, strict standards of quality and safety, and innovative design for comfort and convenience have brought Weeres Pontoons into a new era of boating—and kept the Ambrose Weeres legacy on the lake going strong.