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Old 08-16-2006, 11:23 AM
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I'm looking at a new 32' Express. Any comments on the hull and fit and finish will be appreciated.
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Are you from the eastern NC area?? If so, go to Harbormaster in Morehead City (beside 70 West marina) and look at a 32 Gillikin docked there named "Bottom Line" - if that doesn't scare you away from a "Gillikin special" I don't know what will . . .

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Go see Billy Dupree (Outerbanks Boatworks), he is also on Harkers Island.
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Are you from the eastern NC area?? If so, go to Harbormaster in Morehead City (beside 70 West marina) and look at a 32 Gillikin docked there named "Bottom Line" - if that doesn't scare you away from a "Gillikin special" I don't know what will . . .

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Tell me what you don't like. All of the Gilikin's that I have seen have beautiful lines, and catch fish. I can't speak to their construction quality.
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Old 08-17-2006, 03:02 PM
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I'm in Florida so it would be difficult to check out the "Bottom Line". Please let me know the problem with the boat.
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jim316, I have a Hattaras/Slane 36 express for sale. As soon as I sale it I am having a 61 express built by Eastbay. I have looked at their quality as much as anyone, and they build good boats.
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Are you from the eastern NC area?? If so, go to Harbormaster in Morehead City (beside 70 West marina) and look at a 32 Gillikin docked there named "Bottom Line" - if that doesn't scare you away from a "Gillikin special" I don't know what will . . .

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The "Bottom Line" is the reason we had our 32' Gillikin built..the finishing work isn't great but that can be fixed. Overall lines on our boat...I've not seen one prettier
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Are you from the eastern NC area?? If so, go to Harbormaster in Morehead City (beside 70 West marina) and look at a 32 Gillikin docked there named "Bottom Line" - if that doesn't scare you away from a "Gillikin special" I don't know what will . . .

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The "Bottom Line" is the reason we had our 32' Gillikin built..the finishing work isn't great but that can be fixed. Overall lines on our boat...I've not seen one prettier
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Went to pick up our boat last Thursday, the boat unfinished, but had some of the major hardware. The first thing I noticed when we pulled up was an empty hole in the bow of our 32'. The story goes, the builder took the bow thruster up front and was supposed to pay later...well, that didn't happen so VETUS decides they are going to come and un-install a bow thruster, thats been installed for months, out of a PRIVATELY owned boat. That's right, this was not the builder's boat anymore but was privately owned by someone. (my father) and has the bill of sale to prove it. I'm no legal expert but I don't think this is going to fly on VETUS's part...

any similar experiences or stories?
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Was this your boat you had all the trouble with and had to go get? Did it get worked out? just wondering.
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It is a 50/50 boat in my opinion. 50' away it looks pretty good. At 50 mph it looks pretty good. Up close and going slow there are many details which would have me looking elsewhere.

His personal boat has more waves in the fairing than a bad day at the inlet. The paint is uneven. If that is all the care that is put in to his business card then.........

Call up Jarrett Bay and ask what they are doing to the Ava D, and then ask about their 32'r. No comparison.

My two cents, take it for what it's worth.
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This should be an excellent thread!!!

Does this 32 that you refer to have outboards?
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East Bay and Gillikin are located on the same property, Gillikins are stripped and East Bays are cold mold. East Bays are nice sportfishermen, Gillikins are more rough charter boat type finish, but theres nothing wrong with their construction
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i looked at a james gillikin (not eastbay/ricky gillikin) 46' convertible about 8 yrs ago that was for sale. it was only a few years old at the time and being run as a charter on the chesapeake bay. apart from being roughly finished (it was a charter afterall), the design was way way off...the boat sat bow down in the water because the house was too far forward/too heavy. they added several thousand pounds of lead under the cockpit but the stern still sat high even with full fuel....you are taking a pretty huge gamble commissioning a boat that is lofted off a dirt floor with string and no plans....granted many of the guys down there get it right time and time again but who wants to get the boat that isnt quite right....also james strip planks from the keep up and then glasses if i recall so be prepared to see planks showing through....forget fairing....
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Yep, that's my boat. James is not the best business man in the world and must have forgot to pay Vetus but either way, we had already taken ownership of the boat for fear of something like this happening, so Vetus stole property out of my boat. I wish James the best, I know how shitty the economy is right now and especially the boatbuilding industry. If I could do everything over again, I would still have James frame up a hull, and contract the finishing work out to someone else for better quality. Again, I don't hold anything against James, it was Vetus that stole property from me. I am very pleased with the boat I got from GCB.

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Went to pick up our boat last Thursday, the boat unfinished, but had some of the major hardware. The first thing I noticed when we pulled up was an empty hole in the bow of our 32'. The story goes, the builder took the bow thruster up front and was supposed to pay later...well, that didn't happen so VETUS decides they are going to come and un-install a bow thruster, thats been installed for months, out of a PRIVATELY owned boat. That's right, this was not the builder's boat anymore but was privately owned by someone. (my father) and has the bill of sale to prove it. I'm no legal expert but I don't think this is going to fly on VETUS's part...

any similar experiences or stories?
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Was this your boat you had all the trouble with and had to go get? Did it get worked out? just wondering.
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Not to steal this thread but - I own the last boat designed and built by Ricky. Ricky was a true artist and built some the best looking and performing boats on the water. His untimely passing was a huge loss to the industry, his many friends and of course his family.

Widget is sadly for sale - (family health issues). She is a beautiful express that attracts crowds everywhere she goes. Now located in Boca Raton she is equipped to the hilt and maintained with an open check book. She may be viewed at the following link http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007.../United-States Feel free to contact either Tom Downey at MacGregor or me.

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GORGEOUS boat! That teak transom is super sexy


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Not to steal this thread but - I own the last boat designed and built by Ricky. Ricky was a true artist and built some the best looking and performing boats on the water. His untimely passing was a huge loss to the industry, his many friends and of course his family.

Widget is sadly for sale - (family health issues). She is a beautiful express that attracts crowds everywhere she goes. Now located in Boca Raton she is equipped to the hilt and maintained with an open check book. She may be viewed at the following link http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2007.../United-States Feel free to contact either Tom Downey at MacGregor or me.

Thanks, Steve
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