Metal Shark Boats, Franklin LA

Gravois Aluminum Boats, Jeanerette LA

Most recent update:  November 9, 2017.


Jimmy Gravois started Gravois Aluminum Boats in 1983, in Jeanerette LA.  Initially, they built small aluminum fishing boats but gradually increased the size and the complexity of their products.  In 2003 they were persuaded by American Marine Holdings, (AMH), to make the leap into the government market and formed Metal Shark Boats for this purpose.  In 2014, they built a wholly new yard on the Charenton Canal in Franklin (F in the table below) for the construction of larger boats, leaving the Jeanerette facility (J in the table below) for the smaller ones.  Visit the company at www.metalsharkboats.com.  See the Franklin yard from the air on Google here.  Because so many of the boats this company builds are too small to require documentation, the table below is a long way from being complete.   If anyone can add to or otherwise improve it, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # Yard O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type Ft. Built Disposition
Commercial Contracts
  J 1085320 Southbound Lenny J. Delcambre Recreational 27 1999 Active
  J 1120302 Fin & Tonic Dana DeGeorge Recreational 30 2001 Active
  J 1226187 Ebb Tide Safe Harbour Marina Passenger 33 2007 Active
  J 1235756 The Violator Black Elk Energy Recreational 44 2011 Active
  J 1237674 Round Island Pilot III Inc. Passenger 38 2011 Active
  J 1256652 Blu J Richard Kohut Recreational 32 2014 Active
  J 1258974 Timucua Canaveral Pilots Pilot Boat 49 2014 Active
  F 1259474 Aqueos Splash Aqueos Corp. Dive Support Vsl. 75 2015 Active
  J 1263255 Lone Star The Berry Co. Recreational 41 2014 Active
  J 1267434 Sandpiper New York City Unclassified 32 2014 Active
  F     Port of South LA Police Boat 75 2015 Active
  F 1267688 Authority I Plaquemines Port Fire Boat 55 2015 Active
  F 1267678 Authority II Plaquemines Port Fire Boat 55 2015 Active
  J 1267601 Flying Hub II Florida Fisherman Passenger 40 2016 Active
  J   C-17 Puerto Rico PD Patrol Boat 36 2016 Active
  J   C-?? Puerto Rico PD Patrol Boat 36 2016 Active
  J   C-?? Puerto Rico PD Patrol Boat 36 2016 Active
  J     Colombia Nat. Police Patrol Boat 33 2016 Active
  J     Neth. Ant. CG Patrol Boat 38 2017 12 boats
P-01 F 1280857 Potomac Taxi I Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 88 29-Sep-17 Active
P-02 F 1280863 Potomac Taxi II Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 88 29-Sep-17 Active
P-03 F 1280800 Potomac Taxi III Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 88 2018 Building
P-04 F 1280799 Potomac Taxi IV Potomac River Boats Passenger Ferry 88 2018 Building
  F     New Orleans RTA Passenger Ferry 105 2017 Building
  F     New Orleans RTA Passenger Ferry 105 2017 Building
101 F 1276623 HB 101/Waves of Wonder HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 85 17-May-17 Active
102 F 1276622 HB 102/Sunset Crossing HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 85 17-May-17 Active
103 F 1278314 HB 103/Happy Hauler HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 85 17-May-17 Active
104 F 1277576 HB 104/Great Eagle HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 85 17-May-17 Active
105 F 1277575 HB 105/Owls Head HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 85 17-May-17 Active
106 F 1278313 HB 106 HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 85 1-Jun-17 Active
 107 F     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 97 2018 Building
 108 F     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 97 2018 Building
 109 F     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 97 2018 Building
 110 F     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 97 2018 Building
 111 F     HNY Ferry Fleet Passenger Ferry 85 2018 Building
U.S. Government Contracts
  J     U.S. Coast Guard TANB 27 2007 Up to 100 boats
  J     U.S. Coast Guard SPC(SW) 25 2009 Up to 90 boats
  J    801-807 U.S. Navy Bahrain FPB(S) 27 2010 7 boats
  J     U.S. Navy HSMST 26 2013 Up to 350 boats
  J     U.S. Coast Guard Response Boat (Small) 29 2013- Up to 500 boats
  J     U.S. Navy RHIB 25   Up to ?? boats
  J     U.S. Navy FPB(M) 32 2014 Up to 80 boats
  F     Vietnamese Navy Patrol Boat 45   18 boats
  F     FMS Sales NCPV (Defiant) 85   13 boats