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Old 07-15-2010, 02:33 PM
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I am searching for a boat, my 1st. Hate to post such a stupid thread, but can't find the website. I found Mckee Custom Boats in Bolivia,NC but there are no boats on the site. Looks like they custom make boats, but no model info or anything was on the site. Then I find Mckee Craft, which has no info at all on the website. Just a small video of a boat in the middle of the screen. Otherwise a blank screen/site. I am missing something here I am sure. Just who is Mckee and how would I go about finding out more about what models they make? I am looking for a 23-24' CC. Thanks for any info.


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Out of business.
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That explains that. I appreciate the reply.

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they had a few left for sell on their lot I think
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Appreciate the info. The more I learn, the more likely I will be buying a 23' Maycraft CC. Had someone tell me about Mckee today and wanted to follow up on the suggestion. I got a good quote today on the Maycraft and will see the dealer and tour the factory next week.


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Dan, they closed the doors couple years ago and the owners and another individual are in court arguing about who actually owns the molds. Hopefully, they'll be back in business one day
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Appreciate the info. The more I learn, the more likely I will be buying a 23' Maycraft CC. Had someone tell me about Mckee today and wanted to follow up on the suggestion. I got a good quote today on the Maycraft and will see the dealer and tour the factory next week.


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Dan,them maycrafts dont even compare, I had one. built with unprotected marine plywood, guaranteed to rot. I would take a used mckee any day over a brand new maycraft.......seriously. now the price is good, but you get what you pay for. sure, you can buy 2 for the price of a mckee new but it wont last half the life as the mckee. and the deals Ive seen on used mckee's lately, it would be a no brainer. like a 06 24 decked out with nice electronics and 2 years left on the engine warranty for mid $30's. There are deals to be had man. that boat sold in 06 for $75k. Just my opinion, ive had both. no comparing these machines. mckee, top of the line!
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Thanks seasea. Made for a great day.

Ref. your post about McKee and Maycraft, I totally agree but was holding back. Putting both in the same sentence is just plain wrong..... I'm just saying...

Thanks again.....se ya on the water.
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Got word from a pretty strong source last week that Mckee may be building boats again soon. Not sure if the new owner got the Mckee name but he does have the molds and is getting close to starting production. The new owner is a long time worker for Mckee. I was also told that all the Shamrock molds were also there. Not sure what that means but I sure would be happy to see Mckee back.

Hope it's true!
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So did Hunt win in court??? Sounds like it if your info is correct
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So did Hunt win in court??? Sounds like it if your info is correct
Info came from good old Warren Wilkerson (Original Founder of Privateer) Warren now runs the southern distribution for Loadrite Trailers. He told me he went over there on an account request. Not sure who the guy is that bought. Will see what else I can find out. He was going to try to get me a phone number. Will post more when I know
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Interesting.. Keep us posted. My money says it will not be called a McKee.. Supposedly the factory mgr. is the ex. factory mgr. from McKee, unless thats changed. (This is the plant in eastern Nc - right). (Bayboro I believe, if memory serves).
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Andy McKee - Boliva, NC.

Designer and Co-founder of "Mckee Craft Boats"
established in 1966, Henry O. Mckee had not
satisfied his desire to create the ultimate in a
comfortable, dry and stable riding small craft.
Leaving "Mckee Craft Boats" in 1974, he ventured
out on his own to pursue this vision, and
established Henry O. Mckee & Sons near Bolivia,
NC.
After several years of experimentation, he and his
sons began successfully producing the "Henry O"
in 1983. First came the 150 Challenger and later
the 179 Invader. After realizing that conventional
hull designs were not the answer, he began
creating a radically new and streamlined hull in a
17' model. This hull design proved to be the
fulfillment of Henry's vision, a stable, highly
maneuverable soft dry ride. Later versions of this
innovative design came in 22' and 16' lengths. In
spring of 1989, four models were being produced.
The "Henry O" line of boats quickly collected a
loyal band of satisfied customers.
In 1992 the company was sold to investors,
allowing Henry to design and produce larger
custom built boats. The SS 260 was introduced in
1995 and the SS 217 began one year later.
Although slowed by health problems, Henry
continue to plan and design a 23' and 31' version
of his famous hull. His passing in September 2006
has only strengthened our resolve and
determination to continue his legacy, a truly
superior hull design built by his sons and
grandsons. Our goal in the future includes limited
production of high quality custom built boats in
21, 23, 26, and 31' versions.
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Interesting.. Keep us posted. My money says it will not be called a McKee.. Supposedly the factory mgr. is the ex. factory mgr. from McKee, unless thats changed. (This is the plant in eastern Nc - right). (Bayboro I believe, if memory serves).
Not sure if he got the McKee name yet..Today I did find out that the old Plant manager is the one that got the business. Name is Mark Bickers....Yes...Located in Bladenboro NC I believe. Right outside of Lumberton NC
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thats great news. I wish i could get into a 24 or 28
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thats great news. I wish i could get into a 24 or 28
Sound like you might be able to. I may have to get a 22 for myself
On another note. C Hawk is back building as well
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Is Mark the new owner or the manager? I thought that plant was going to be building three different brands. The Chaos, Savannah Skiff and ???? McKee, and that the McKee molds were there, but if built there it would be more like a contract between the plant (Mark?) and the owner of the molds, which was Hunt James. Actually hope my info is outdated and Mark owns the whole outfit with Hunt out of the picture totally.
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Is Mark the new owner or the manager? I thought that plant was going to be building three different brands. The Chaos, Savannah Skiff and ???? McKee, and that the McKee molds were there, but if built there it would be more like a contract between the plant (Mark?) and the owner of the molds, which was Hunt James. Actually hope my info is outdated and Mark owns the whole outfit with Hunt out of the picture totally.
Sound like Mark has the whole deal. I believe he was part owner in chaos as well. I will ask Scott Harris of Southern Skimmer who was also a part of Mckee and chaos if he knows more on this tomorrow..Didn't hear any mention of Savannah in there. Did mention that the Shamrock molds were also there though
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Thanks. Between Mark and Scott, you should be able to get the straight scoop. When ya talk to Scott, ask if he knows where Hunt fits into the pic, if at all, if ya don't mind. This could turn out to be a good thing in terms of the boats. I just hate the way it went down for the McKee family.
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