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Old 04-06-2006, 02:40 AM
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Default Harbercraft / Jetcraft Kingfisher

I'm interested in anyones thoughts on the Kingfisher, anyone that has some experience with them. I am interested in the 25' model. Some of my concerns are:

Reports of at least a couple of buckled hulls on Kingfishers in AK and corrosion problems

I currently own a 18' Harbercraft that has been OK overall, except for some corrosion issues. Harbercraft had a great, open, honest forum on their website. I guess it was too honest, because they've removed it.

Here's why I want a Kingfisher. It's the ONLY production aluminum outboard boat that I've found with a big fish hold, marine head in it's own compartment, V-berth to sleep two, table that collapses to sleep two more, sink, and stove. Very important is the fact that the dining seat back folds back so a passenger is sitting forward underway. (My wife doesn't want to sit sideways and I want her on log watch.)

I haven't found ANY other production aluminum boat with all these features. If you have, let me know, I'm interested, but I walked EVERY boat at the Seattle Boat Show.

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Old 04-06-2006, 09:23 AM
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Did you look at the North River Seahawk OS, or the Boulton Pilot house Sea Skiff.
Portland Performance Marine has a Seahawk OS with everything you want plus
second rear helm and twin 4 strokes. I think it's a 26ft boat and it's Nice !

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Old 04-06-2006, 12:25 PM
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John, Kingfishers have an excellent reputation. With that said. ANY semi custom Aluminum builder can provide the options you need. The boat you describe can be had from Armstrong, Maxweld, Ed Wing, and probably the best value, Dave Norvelle just to name a few.
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Old 04-06-2006, 08:42 PM
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I haven't found ANY other production aluminum boat with all these features. If you have, let me know, I'm interested, but I walked EVERY boat at the Seattle Boat Show.

Thanks,
John






One show is not representative of the entire boating industry.

There are numerous builders that will build you what you want. Actually, from what I have seen, the aluminum builders would gladly build you what you want versus the plastic boat builders that have to rely on molds to build their boats.

For a high quality, established boat builder, check with Design Concepts in Chico, CA.

You can't go wrong with them.
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Old 04-07-2006, 03:48 PM
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A custom built boat isn't in my budget. I really need to find a production boat that fits my needs and then look for a used version of it.

There must be someone on the forum who runs a Kingfisher that can tell me about their boat. anybody........anyone........

Thanks for the ideas though.
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Old 04-07-2006, 03:52 PM
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Gaz, the NorthRiver is a nice boat and we have spent quite a bit of time walking them and checking them out. They seem to mainly be a day time, serious fishing boat. The manufacturer did give us the standard answer, that they could price anything we wanted on it, but that is not the way they normally build their boats. This leads me back to trying to find that production boat that "normally" comes standard with all the items I'm looking for so that I can find it on the used market..


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Old 04-07-2006, 11:29 PM
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Default Harbercraft / Jetcraft Kingfisher owner's forum

In case anyone else is looking for more information on this manufacturer's boats, there is a new owner's forum to replace the one the manufacturer did away with.

You can go to www.myjetcraft.com
or www.myharbercraft.com
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:53 AM
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John:

We just picked up our 2525 Kingfisher two weeks ago, and we really like it. We did a lot of research prior to buying, even bridging the gap of aluminum to fiberglass. We selected the Kingfisher because we really liked the "feel" of the boat in the cabin. Very wide, and with four people trying to move around inside you don't feel like you're totally on top of each other. We did look briefly at a custom boat, and the other boat I would take a look at is Lifetimer. They have a couple of models available that are comparable to the 2525 and the 2825 Kingfishers. They are a little more money, but they're in the same range.

We bought our boat through Staff Jennings in Portland, OR even though we live near Seattle. They had a better priced boat that was also in stock than our local dealer. They weren't the best at interpreting Washington State tax and licensing fees, and we got stuck with a surprise when we went to license it, but overall they did a good job on the delivery.

Like I said, we love the boat so far. We have the 200 Verado and a 9.9 merc kicker. Plenty of power for us. We also have the aft steering station with engine controls, and I really like that feature.

If there's anything else you would like to know, please let us know!!

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