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Old 05-23-2003, 04:18 PM
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I was looking at boats in a magazine and saw the Dusky 33. WOW this is some boat. The price was low for a boat this size. It looks like they only sell factory direct. Is this a good boat? Is the quality any good. This might acutally turn me from the boat I was looking at.

These are the Spec's:

Centerline length........................33'
Beam, amidship......................10'10"
Draft, hull only............................18"
Dead rise.......................35º,25º,20º
Hull weight..........................6700 lbs
Maximum H.P..............................500
Fuel capacity.........................260gal

Price w/ twin Mercury 225 Four Strokes 79,700
Add about 14,000 options for all out: 93,700
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Old 05-24-2003, 07:34 AM
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Wow, not one answer. I guess not too many people have this boat (which tells you something).
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I just wonder why it is so cheap, I love the duskies but that is a cheap price when you figure that the engines alone are 30k. I would have to see one and ride in one before I bought it. I am just sceptical just because a 22 ft bayliner is 30k and that thing is 11 feet bigger and 2 feet wider with another 15k engine for that price.
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Don't forget that Dusky is factory direct, no mark up for a dealership.
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That's what had me confused as well. With the cost of the engine's what they are, how can they sell the hull so cheap. Is not going thru a dealer that much savings or are they not building the boat as well as they should (short cuts). I never saw or rode in one and was interested in what people had to say on "The Hull Truth" about this boat. They seem to be in buisness for many years, 36 years as per their web site. I did a search on the boattrader site and there are only 28 Dusky boats for sale going back to 1979. These boats must be very good boats and their owners keep them for a long time or they haven't sold much in the past 36 years. Anybody in Florida know about these boats. Their facility is near Fort Lauderdale.
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I'll bet dealer mark up is substantial. Not only do they have to cover the cut the salesman gets, but also overhead and the risk that the boat won't sell. Look at Ed's, they sell boats for $5-7k less than most dealers start out with because of large quantity on boats that retail around $20-30k. That's a 17-35% savings and they still make profit. Now a Contender 27, which is 31 feet long sells for what, 25-30% ($100-110k--guess) more base than the dusky base at a dealer? To me, that doesn't seem like the Dusky is so cheap. Also, you guys are quoting a $15k a piece price for those engines, and that might also be a bit high. Remember, Dusky probably buys in larger bulk than the average dealer, and that means savings. I seriously doubt Dusky pays more than $17-18k for both those engines. As far as quality, I can't say, never seen one, but they have a good rep on this board from what I've seen. For comparion, Mirage used to include their factory direct prices on their webpage, and a 32' CC that slept four could be had for like $110K. Now all I need's money.

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Dusky's are very good boats & being factory direct does save alot of money in many ways.they also are not quite as family freindly as some the are more of a no nonsence fishing boat
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Dusky's are a great boat. And they are saving money by cutting out the "middleman". Watch the prices tho'. They've learned marketing from Detroit (or Tokyo) and the base price barely includes the bottom of the boat! Everything else is extra $$$$$!
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Duskys are no frills (unless you add the frills as options), tough-as-nails boats built the way they should be. Solid!

Selling factory direct means not having to support a dealer network, and allows them to provide individual service to the customer during the buying and building process.

Personally, I'd love to have one of those 33 footers!
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thanks for the replies. They do look great !!
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Very true about the factory direct and the bulk buying of the outboards but a 32 outrage is twice the money (160k+)and a 33 grady is triple the money (220k+) and that is not exagerating. I would love to go to the factory and see on built,.
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Fantastic boats. Not sure about the 33 but I love the 23 CC. Very well built, solid boats with a good ride.

They cheaper because they're factory direct (no dealers, no transport cost, and very little advertising). They are also a no frills fit and finish boats. The interiors are very plain. For me I fish so I love the extra room they offer and they're easy to clean. Other people though like all the nifty little gadgets and stuff you'll find on more expensive boats.
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How often do you hear complaints about Dusky's. Never, that should tell you something!


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