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I see that*the Shamrock boat*company was sold about a year or so*ago. Anyone have a Shamrock from the "new" owners that would like to chime in*with any comments on ride......fit and finish....performance?? Better or worse then the older models?
02-25-2005, 03:37 PM
02-25-2005, 04:02 PM
The new boats are just arriving at various dealers so not a lot of information yet. I will be giving one a thorough inspection next week and visiting the plant in April. Will be able to tell you more then. Watch for my post on www.fishtheclassic.net.
02-25-2005, 04:09 PM
who were they sold to? Please no say Brunswick........
I think that Palmer Marine owns the company now. They also build Defiance Boats, TideRunner Boats, and Voyager Boats. Check 'em out.
Palmer Marine (http://www.palmermarine.com/)
02-25-2005, 05:17 PM
I saw some of the new Shamrocks at the Miami Show. I went to see the Defiance 260 which is built by the same company. Very impressive by the way. They had it in the Honda booth in the water so I took it for a test ride. The cabin is a little bit small but it handled the rough stuff good, and is a very good performing hull, dry ride and turned like a racecar. My wife liked the Shamrock Mackinaw however because of the plush finish on the inside and a very large spacious cabin. I haven't seen older Mackinaws but the fit and finish on the one built by the current company was top notch. I don't know about the inboard power, anyone have any experience with one? I like the Diesel idea, but it is a bit out of my price range. I also liked the Layout of the Parkers, not as plush for cruising as the other boats I looked at and the wood concerned me a little. But the price was good. Anyway, I am more confused about which boat I will by next now than I was before the show. So much for seeing them all side by side and making up my mind. Anyway the wife really liked the Shamrock and she is awful picky, take that for what it is worth. I would like to hear about how the Shamrock Quality stacks up now to the old stuff. If the old stuff is as good, maybe a can find a Mackinaw that is a couple years old and get a little closer to my 100k budget.
02-25-2005, 05:49 PM
Palmer took over Shamrock over the last year. They changed the lineup a little, with and without keels and seem to be much more responsive to the customer. The people who ran Shamrock at the end of it's last incarnation were a nightmare. KCS who builds Rampage and some other boats owned Shamrock from the late nineties till last year. Rampage took the 29 walkaround molds and calls it a 30 while Shamrock is building single inboard boats up to the Mackinaw 27.
All in all my 290 was a good boat and I loved the Yanmars. The Fish the Classic boat owners website is awesome, especially if you own an older classic Shamrock.
I'm going to try an outboard for a while but only because I could not find a single diesel that was not ridiculously priced.