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Old 04-21-2006, 07:06 PM
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Any opinions on Aquasport boats??????

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Well, they've been yanked from the market by Genmar. That is the MFG's opinion of the brand. That should be all of the "opinions" that you need.

It was for me...
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Sounds like that was a business decision. My only experience with Aquasports is the 30 - 40 hours I have spent on my buddy's Aquasport 250 WA with hardtop and 140 Johnsons. It doesn't have much deadrise, like my Grady, but is stable and appears to me to be a sturdy, well-built boat.
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Well, they've been yanked from the market by Genmar. That is the MFG's opinion of the brand. That should be all of the "opinions" that you need.

It was for me...
I'm not sure that being "yanked from the market" means anything at all other than Genmar owns too many brands and put Aquasport on hold to decide how to differentiate it in the market place.

Aquasport had a long history of building good solid boats. They were one of the first mass producers of the center console as we know them today and rumor is that the 19-6 hull was used to mold the Shamrock 20's (identical lines).

I own one now that I am restoring and have been on many over the years. They are good solid boats. Study the history and you'll find they were first to market on many innovative ideas that are taken for "standard" these days.
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Aquasport had a long history of building good solid boats. They were one of the first mass producers of the center console as we know them today and rumor is that the 19-6 hull was used to mold the Shamrock 20's (identical lines).



Yeah, all that history stuff is great to read about, but it doesn't mean jack about "today's" Aquasport's.

Only the name lives on, not the initial quality (history) of the product from the 70's. Well, actually, the name doesn't live on (anymore).

Genmar took care of that...
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Yeah, all that history stuff is great to read about, but it doesn't mean jack about "today's" Aquasport's.

Only the name lives on, not the initial quality (history) of the product from the 70's. Well, actually, the name doesn't live on (anymore).

Genmar took care of that...
Unfortunately, that is true about many brands these days... Mako, Seacraft, and some even complain about Grady-White!

Thank goodness Boston Whaler makes a perfect product
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Well I have had one for seven plus years now and as far as I am concerned it is a fine boat. Wasn't as much money as a lot of others but it seems to do the job they do and it is holding up well. It is only 21 plus feet and will beat you up with any speed in four plus foot gulf coast seas but what 21' boat won't? None that I have been on anyway.

If I were you I would rephrase the question to something like "can any current or previous owners of Aquasport boats give me your opinions"? Posters on this and other message boards are quick to offer opinions that may or may not be based on any facts. Did I tell you that I have a cousin that worked with a man that was a friend of a dealer that knew a customer that heard how awful (insert boat brand here) are?
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Growing up we had a 20' mid 1980's Aquasport CC, now I am no boat dealer or know it all about boats, but I will tell you this, that boat handled everything from a flat day to a 6+ day outfront, the 6+ day wasn't fun but it did in fact take care of us, and brought us home. The capt(my dad) had more to do with that I believe, but anyway for the sake of these boats names, and the bashing they get for the late 90's version, it doesnt do the older models any justice. If I were to come across another mid 80's CC in decent condition I would pick it up, they are a tank. Just my opinion.
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I have two. A 1977 center console thats sitting in a garage passed on to me by my dad, and a 2002 205 osprey. I've been very happy. And quite frankly i dont have anything to complain about.
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:07 PM
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I had two friends with 17 Aqua, early 80ís and a 1990 models, both were happy and used them for many years. IMHO they did make a great boat equal or slightly less than the old Makoís. And look at what happened to Mako now!
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:20 PM
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I'm afraid mine's the oddity, but it hasn't let me down yet. We've got the oddity, a '98 165 Striper, that we've owned for about 1 year. I guess you could call it a tiny CC bay boat with REALLY short sides. The ride is rarely dry ride (especially in the "no wake zone" where others don't feel it means them, but that's a nother thrtremmead), but she's solid and safe. There is always a trade off for cost. The wiring looks like it was run by a blind drunk with the shakes. Some of the hardware is average quality, but the hinges, bow rail, and cleats are top notch. Fit and finish aren't perfect, but everything works without looking like junk or tearing itself up just from opening hatches and such. The deck is wood core and is starting to show some age, but it is also an 8 yo boat that has not been a garage queen.

If I was in the market for a new (to me) boat, I would consider an Aquasport if there was a layout that fit my needs and tastes.
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genmar is reconfiguiring the aquasport & should be back out in the next year or 2. even the newr aquasports were very solid boat
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I have a 225 2004 Explorer. I really like mine, huge cockpit for fishing. I really like the styling of the boat with the forward cabin. Plenty of seating for the family while cruising and a nice little cabin the kids can go down and play in. The deadrise is low so you will hit and big chop rough, however the stability is nice. It all depends what you are looking for in a boat. I paid 34k new with a trailer and a 4 stroke 200 hp Johnson. A Whaler or Gradyy or any other WA that size would have been significantly more.

BTW - Genmar pulled the Aquasport brand because of the internal competition with Wellcraft. Apparently it cost more to build the Aquasport than the Wellcraft but they were sold at similar prices. The Aquasport will be reintroduced in 2007. This is what a dealer told me.
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Genmar pulling the line, while interesting, doesn't really matter a hill of beans about the quality or functionability of the boat. Over the winter I acquired a 1986 Osprey. I haven't put her in the drink yet but I really like the layout. One item to watch when getting an Aquasport is the cap on the transom. On mine the fiberglass is cracked where the cap joins to the core so I will fix that before I use her. Look closely at this spot, because I have seen this crack on many Aquasports.
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Old 04-22-2006, 09:21 AM
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If you do some research - other than listen to people on this board (some of which I would seriously question their foundation for their opinion - such as Grady232) I believe you will find Aquasports to be very well made 'mid-range boats' and priced accordingly and fairly. Also look around and see how many old Aquasports there are, for a 'low production' boat (compared to pro-line, grady, boston, etc.) you'll find lots or a 'high percentage still in use compared to total built for that year'.

I've owned a 215DC model since 1997. (same hull as all 20'r from 97-01? I think and same hull design as the similar wellcraft models for the years) Wellcraft used to 'copy the hull design' and 'mass produce with less fit and finish' the same Aquasport hulls. Different tops of course.

The 215DC is a good 'family/fishing' boat if that is your market and the 215 CC is a nice fishing model. The hull is VERY solid and will last years.
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Thanks guys for all of the feedback...........both positive and negative. I am looking at a 1998 245 Osprey that has been kept in dry storage on a rack since new. I really like the room and it looks very fishable. I hate to get rid of my Cape Horn, but I need more room and more storage and the 245 looks like it fits the bill. The big plus is that the boat was bought new by the current owner and he has kept it like new....and he only lives a few miles away. I think I'm gonna get moving on selling the Cape Horn. Thanks again!

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The notion that Aquasports were discontinued because of quality issues is actually the opposite of the truth. In fact Aquasports were simply too good a deal for the consumer so that Genmar wasn't making enough money on the line. They were being marketed and priced as somewhat of a less expensive Wellcraft, but they were costing Genmar jut as much to make as the Wellcrafts. They are not a top-tier boat, but they are solid mid-tier, well-built, reliable boats. When they are reintroduced they will truly be an economy line, probably akin to the Sea Boss line of Sea Pro boats.
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Old 04-22-2006, 11:18 AM
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I have an Aquasport 02 250 explorer. I had an opportunity to buy a friends grady 24 offshore but decided not to because of plastic thru hulls, and the fact that the grady drive accually seperated from the hull by about a 1/4 inch as we rode over waves under power. I was absolutly shocked when I saw that. The 25 foot aquasport performs very well with single 225. Is rock solid at drift and has more cockpit than most any 25 footer.

I would beware of comments from Grady owners.
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I had a 1997 Aquasport Striper. I would not buy another Aquasport. After a 2 mile run in heavy seas, the deck separated from the hull. Starting from the bow, 1/2 way to the stern. All the screws that held the hull to deck came out. The joint is held only by self tapping screws and putty, not adhesive. Otherwise it was a fun boat and rode well, but I have learned if you use a boat alot, it pays to buy top tier.
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It depends on size, year and other things you didn't mention in your question...what size, year, what ya gonna use it for...as mentioned some of the older A S hulls were widely used and developed quite a following, while the newer ones weren't as popular and were dropped...
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