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Old 08-03-2007, 08:41 AM
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Tomorrow I am looking at a 1994 Dawson Yacht Hammerhead 33. I've searched the web and found very little information other than a few others for sale. From what I've found Dawson appears to be a small builder in NJ, that may or may not be out of business (their web page is up but nothing operates on it)

If anyone has any knowledge of their quality of construction, ride, etc it will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:28 AM
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Have a look at this site. 2006 33 Dawson Express. They still look like they are producing a limited number of boats.

http://www.boatsville.com/used_boats...2033%20Express
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TTT. Looking for someone that may have first hand experience.
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Old 08-03-2007, 05:45 PM
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Website ain't much.
http://www.dawsonyachts.com/
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Thats the old shearwater 33 that used to be built in miami, the molds ended up in NJ but Dawson never built them. Judging by this:

http://www.boatmoldtrader.com/29'_dawson.htm

it looks like they're out of business...

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Another company building the Dawsons.
http://www.shearwaterboatworks.com/pages/33express.html
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Another company building the Dawsons.
http://www.shearwaterboatworks.com/pages/33express.html

Are they still in business?
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The company that built the boat your looking at is out of business. As per Mr. Dawson he put so much into them he could not make enought money to justify the effort. I have copies of the website and boat tests. I own a 1996 33 Dawson with 2 370 B Cummins. As with any boat some things I would change, nothing major. Boat runs 24 knots at 2,400 RPM, 26 knots at 2,600 RPM 20 X 23, 4 blade prop. . The Cummins have plenty of power with a top end of 30 knots using 20 X 23 4 blade property. With 3 blade 20 X 25 top end was around 34 knots. Hull is solid glass with cored topside. The bottom at the stern is 1 1/8 thick, (replaced thru hull). The dinette is in the cockpit not below deck. Great for keeping everyone involved. The cabin is a little short, maybe 6 foot tall. Head is somewhat cramped. The boat will run well in any condition (assuming you should even be on the water). Drifts stern quarter in the wind. Every body loves the boat. At 2,400 RPM we are getting 1.3 to 1.4 MPG. You are the second person that I know of looking at that boat (Hammerhead). The first person decided against it due to the Ford Power. Ford does not have a big presence in marine power. Where would you get parts when you need them? The boat could be repowered with Cummins, but big bucks. Let me know if I can answer any other questions.
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I drive by Shearwater all the time in Woodbine N.J. The 33 mold is in the side yard and they have several boats (different sizes) that appear to be popped out of molds in front. They also do refits on older boats.

I've never been on a Dawson, but I've seen them up close, I've never heard a negative thing said about a Dawson.
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AFAIK the (older) Dawson 33 and Dawson 29 were built off the same mold as the old the SeaFox 29 and 33.

During the mid-1980's, SeaFox (not to be confused with the present day manufacturer of the same name) built a crappy product, but used a decent hull design, although their boats were all V-Drives, with the engines under a raised cockpit sole. They went out of business towards the end of the decade, and Dawson acquired the molds from them.

Also, If I'm not mistaken, Dawson built a few hulls based on what appeared to be the old Bertram "38 II" hull during the mid-1980s, and marketed them as the Dawson 38.
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Also, If I'm not mistaken, Dawson built a few hulls based on what appeared to be the old Bertram "38 II" hull during the mid-1980s, and marketed them as the Dawson 38.
They looked similar but in fact were completely different boats.
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