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Old 07-16-2005, 07:52 AM
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Default Best built longest lasting boats on the market are.........

Bare in mind that I have limited experiece but wanted other opinions on this. Carolina classic, Regulator, Whaler, Contender, Sea Sport(never seen one in person)?

Please add names to this list and give opinions on the ones I listed.

Lets even add welded aluminum ocean boats to this list. Daigle welding, Pacific,

Id like to hear from people who have owned them and beat them for 5 or 10 years and they are still as good as day 1.
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For runabouts, I think there are more old Whalers around than anything else. The old Sport models are very simple boats; just a motor, a few wires and a fuel tank combined with classic hull design. Some probably shouldn't be out there, but many- thirty, forty years old- are still sound and used every day. I bought a '72 13 in 1986. Kept it three years. Easy to tow/launch. Very small, though. Sold it, at a profit. This 13 is still floating in 2005. It's been sold numerous times since I owned it. Most of the owners, like me, started with this boat and eventually got a bigger one. The guy who owns it now lives down the road. He loves it (for now). It is a very good, basic, entry-level boat.
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I have a 1974 17 Mako that I inhertied from my father, who bought new in 74'. This spring I installed it's 4th engine and I use it several times a week. That is one hell of a good record..there are amny other vintage Mako's out there as well.

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I own a 1968 Owens, and I see quite a few old Bertrams around that could be her daddy.
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FISHMASTER.....one year and counting!
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I'd vote:- Albemarle- Boston Whaler- Bertrams- Mako (gotta be careful of years and transoms)- Grady White (not all years)- Seacrafts (cause lots have been rebuilt due to its good running surface shape)-Wellcraft
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Bertram, Hatteras and Chris-Craft come to mind as the earliest of the companies building fiberlgass hulls in the late 50s that still have hulls afloat. Hinckley probably has sailboats around but didn't start building powerboats until recently. Rybovich I believe has wooden hulls from the 60s still afloat. Tiara (S2) started building powerboats in the 70s and I believe you'll still find some of those hulls around. I'm sure I'm missing some others. Probably a few 60s Donzi's around.
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I've got to say, the Regulators, Contenders and Sea Vee's aren't exceptionally old boats, although they are built solid, there aren't any Contenders before 1984, and probably a similar story with the other two.... The old Potter-Built Seacrafts have to be one of the Best Built AND Longest Lasting.... some of them are from the early 70's, and still going strong. It's hard to have much more proof than that. Although, I really think my Contender could outlast.
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There's got to be no question that for sheer numbers, you'll find more older (20-40 years) Whalers around than any other brand.A decent 70's or 80's hull with original power will sell for more than when new.
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I know they're not fishin' boats but there are ALOT of early to mid
70's Glastrons around.

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Longest lasting???

Hands down.......Boston Whaler.*I don't know of to many glass boats out there from the sixties that were massed produced and still floating and servicable in 2005.

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Longest Lasting with a liftime warranty (not a 5 or 10 year)?

Has to be Triumph.

Read what the owners say at http://www.triumphowners.org/

Then, hit a dock a little hard with your fiberglass boat and tell me how your wallet feels.
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Whaler, there are some old ones living their second or third life with kids today. When you see some 40+ year old Seaswirls out there taking a beating, call me. Grady and Mako from the 60's and 70's were flat out tanks if you could keep the wood from rotting.
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My house is at the entrance to the entire Pompano canal complex of approx 1200 waterfront/access homes - we sit on the back porch every night or so watching the boat parade of people coming and going...Down here, it's Grady-White by a large margin when it comes to those that are 10 years or older...
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