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Old 06-14-2004, 03:09 PM
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Default baycraft flats boat

Hello again everyone,

I would like to know if anyone has had any experience with this particaular brand of flats boat. All opinions are appreciated. You know, let me have the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I found one review on the interent on their 15' model. The guy says he liked it. The only other reviews I say were testemonials on the baycraft site itself, I really don't take much stock in those though. I doubt they would post a bad review on their own site. I might be going to Florida in the next month or so, and am thinking about visting their factory in Deland and check things out first hand. But, if you guys say this brand isn't worth checking out, I will save myself the trouble.

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Old 06-15-2004, 11:36 AM
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judging by the "overwelming popularity" of this thread, I'm assuming no one ever heard of this maker. I'll put it at the top one more time, just to make sure. Don't everyone repond at once, or we might crash the server.
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Old 06-15-2004, 08:44 PM
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Do a search on here. I read something about amazing quality and an amazing price to boot. Something like HUGE bucks. Good luck...
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:46 PM
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unfortunatly no such luck,

I tried abunch of different variations on baycraft and your suggestions. Nada

Your description was basically what the review said on the internet. Quality at amazing price. I will probably visit the factory and see for my self, worth a shot, right.

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Old 06-16-2004, 09:02 AM
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I was looking into flats boats earlier this year before decided to go with a 22' bay boat. I found many amazing builders throughout my search. I would suggest you start looking at Shallow water angler magazine if you are in the flats boat market. I found many builders I had never heard of from this magazine. My two top choices would have been Sterling or Redfish.... Check out www.redfishboats.com
Talk about an amazing little flats boat. I found the baycraft and checked out there site, but found the fit and finish was a little under par compared to the competition. Price was pretty good though. Another decent priced rig was the Famous Craft.... They offered different floor plan configurations set up specifically for fly casters as well as forward and aft decks loaded down with storage compartments and livewells. Good luck on your search, and definately wet test before you buy!!!
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Old 06-16-2004, 10:29 AM
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Baycraft is definitely an "entry Level" flats boat in many ways. It's construction quality is mediocre at best. Fit and finish is sub-par. It has always been a small company due to the level of quality and popularity of their products.

Unfortunatly, you can find many small flats boat companies in Florida, many of which were started by owners who worked at another flats boat manufacturer, either quit or got fired and started their own company. Many are under insured or not insured and are also ill prepared, financially, to handle major warranty claims. Most do not have the backing or where-with-all to grow and they remain small , if they can even stay in business. I do not know what the finacial stability of Bay Craft might be, but you would be smart to check that out before buying one. Also, don't base your boat buying decision on visiting a small boat manufacturing facility, unless you have been to many different boat plants. A small facility can be made to look and sound good when, in fact, it may not be.

In saying all of that, you would be bettter served by staying with a name brand manufacturer like Hewes, Maverick or Action Craft even if you have to buy used.
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thanks for the input
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