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Old 11-12-2003, 12:32 PM
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Default 2004 SeaCraft 28 Cuddy

Anyone seen one yet? Pics? The 04 CC will come out first and the Cuddy is due soon after. Just wanted to know if anyone had seen one yet? Rated to 5-600HP OB, Posssibly a Jackshaft I/O Deisel from what I've heard later on down the line...

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Old 11-12-2003, 06:05 PM
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Seacraft/Mako should improve on what they have before they try to introduce new models. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-12-2003, 06:08 PM
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Hey Travis, what are you doing these days? My Powerstroke just hit 43,000 miles without a single hiccup.

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Old 11-12-2003, 06:14 PM
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quote:Originally posted by zh:
Seacraft/Mako should improve on what they have before they try to introduce new models. Just my opinion.They've relocated their factory to another state, so perhaps they're making an effort to improve...

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Old 11-12-2003, 06:34 PM
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Seacraft/Makos move to North Carolina was an attempt to lower cost not improve quality. That company is interested solely in the bottom line.
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Old 11-12-2003, 07:10 PM
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I would beg to differ...SeaCraft has a long history of excellence...have they fallen flat on their faces a few times?...sure...who hasnt...the move to NC was a direct attempt to greatly improve quality and quantity...bigger factory they have needed for tens of years and getting away from some negative workmanship issues to boot as well...NC has a long history of exceptional marine craftsmen...the juries out...they have needed a boat to fill this niche for a long time...patiently waiting...and what company ISNT interested in the bottom line? anyone who isnt is a fool...

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Old 11-12-2003, 07:31 PM
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Default 2004 SeaCraft 28 Cuddy

They definitly need to improve quality and update other models. The 32 isd the best laid out fishingboat yet but the bottom is screwed up. Hopefully the guy that did the layout of the 32 is doing the 28.
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I am on Beach's side. The word to describe companies that are not always paying attention to the bottom line is (drumroll please) : Bankrupt
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Old 11-13-2003, 03:14 PM
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Travis Beach you are a dealer for SeaCraft....why don't you tell us about the boat???

Trying to get some publicity?
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Old 11-13-2003, 03:56 PM
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That same workforce that Mako allegedly moved away from also makes Contender, SeaVee, Whitewater. They don't seem to be having the same quality issues. The only thing similar about older Seacrafts and todays are the name.
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Old 11-13-2003, 04:25 PM
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Beach, as far as I know there is no "long history of exceptional marine craftsmen" in central North Carolina. Just a lot of laid-off textile workers that Mako/Seacrash is hoping to retrain as mass boat builders. So I highly doubt that anyone will be confusing new Seacrafts for Jarrets or Buddy Davis' any time soon.
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Actually, Travis left Seacraft some time ago.

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Old 11-14-2003, 07:31 AM
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No, Not trying to hawk SeaCrafts...just wondering if anyone might have seen on on the internet or somewhere...

Thanks John...no I am no longer with SeaCraft...I've just been around them since the 70's Potters hulls and know that the hull form is awesome...yes, SC has had some growing pains...yes, Tracker Marine Group has screwed up here and there...yes, SC has had some quality issues, that aside...they still make an EXCEPTIONAL boat...yes, some of the other builders mentioned still deal with south fla labor and produce excellent boats (with much smaller production figures too), SC's problems with quality had to do with the age old issue of Production vs Quality...how to increase production to satisfy demand and still meet QC goals, as I understand it. I know I lost too many SC32 and SC25 orders because I didnt have the boats on the ground...a 3-6 month waiting period often cooled customers off...many didnt want to wait for a delivery...I dont know how many sales I lost because the factory couldnt produce them fast enough...Supply and Demand vs Actual Production Capability...SC's move to NC was as I understand it economically driven...they were offered a 1,000,000 suare foot facilty, a testing lake and tax credits for next to nothing, all just for bringing there payroll and trickle down to the local economy. NC has a long history of Small boat buiders, not just the big customs, lots of SKILLED textile workers, furniture craftsmen, fibreglass workers to draw from...lets see...fibreglass is a textile in its raw form...LOL...sure I think there will be some growing pains, quality might suffer initially due to the learning curve, might not...production might be a little slow to start with, might not. Bottom line...more SeaCrafts being built might allow a little more wiggle room in the market...might get a few newer models in the line up...anyone ever been to the MAKO/SC plant in florida? They were kinda limited as to space...I see this as a win/win for them...been a SC fan since 1971 when I rode on one as a kid...

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