Explorer Boats 

Same great hull design built better than ever!

explorer tunnel vee

Explorer Boats have been a Texas Fishing establishment for decades, in January 2009 Dargel Boats Inc. purchased the molds, assets and name from Glen French upon his retirement. Since then, Dargel has worked very hard to improve finish work and modify construction methods to meet the exacting standards applied to other Dargel products, while keeping with the integrity of design in the hull themselves.

Dargel Boats has been in operation since 1937 out of Donna, Texas. Russell Dargel began by custom building wood hulls and evolved into a legend in his own time in shallow water boating. His son Rusty Dargel continued the tradition and grew Dargel Boatworks to a major force in Texas fishing boats.

In 2007, as Rusty and Russell stepped into retirement, Cleve and Miriam (Russell’s great-niece) Ford began the operations now running at Dargel Boats, Inc. Today under the direction of the Ford’s, Dargel has evolved once again to showcase fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and incredible value in all the boat lines they manufacture.

Whatever your fishing needs or desires, Dargel Boats, Inc. has a proven hull design for you.


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