Hacker-Craft is the name given to boats built by The Hacker Boat Co. , the oldest builder of wooden motorboats in the world. It is an American company, founded in Watervliet, New York in the early 1900s by John Ludwig Hacker (known as John L. Hacker or just “John L. “). The company continues to produce hand-built boats in Silver Bay, on the shores of Lake George, New York, the scene of many of Hacker’s water speed records and racing triumphs. John L.