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Old 08-25-2010, 03:43 PM
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Default Aegis Unsinkable Boats using former McKee Craft molds to produce new unsinkable boats

Aegis Unsinkable Boats is pleased to announce that we are now offering a full line of extremely high quality unsinkable fiberglass boats that are great for recreational, government and commercial use. Our boats are being manufactured using the molds that were purchased from the liquidation auction of the assets of McKee Craft. We are using proven techniques that have historically been used to produce high quality unsinkable boats and we will be taking advantage of the capabilities of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Bladenboro, NC to introduce new and improved models.

The company will be rolling out a new web site with much more detailed information soon but we wanted the members of The Hull Truth to be the first to hear about this exciting news before it becomes widely known to the public.

If you would like to check out the temporary site, please go to:

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We look forward to hearing from you!

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1. Is Hunt James part of the company or does he have a financial interest in these boats?

2. Are you using the same building technique developed by the Mckees?
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1) Yes, Hunt James actually runs the company.

2) The company is using techniques that are used by more than one manufacturer.
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1) Yes, Hunt James actually runs the company.

Then I will never buy an Aegis boat.
What a shame the idiot was allowed to ruin a great family owned local company.
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McKee Craft was in severe trouble long before Mr. James got involved. Before Mr. James had ever even met a single person at McKee Craft, the company was in default with it's primary bank and owed money to a very large number of vendors that had not been paid in a long time. Those facts are indisputable. Mr. James tried to help turn the company around and was as disappointed as anyone else at its failure because he ended up losing a large sum of money. Unfortunately, it eventually became apparent that the company was beyond the point of being able to be rescued.

We would kindly request that you familiarize yourself with the facts of the case before making your judgement. Here is a link to the proceedings of the case and we invite you and everyone else in this forum to follow along as the case proceeds:

http://www.ncbusinesscourt.net/TCDDo...ber=09CVS03031

The first document entered on 3/8/2010 entitled "Defendant Huntington James' Response in Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction" sums up Mr. James's version of what transpired during the company's demise. As far as Mr. James is concerned, the case is completely without merit. Mr. James has never even attempted to settle this lawsuit, even though that may have been a far less costly option, because he believes so strongly that the suit is a frivolous one and because he believes that the truth needs to be told for the benefit of all of the stakeholders of the former McKee Craft.
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1. I just cannot believe hunt had the balls to post this on this forum.

2. Hopefully someone else will buy the molds eventually.

3. That is a really "special" boat company name.
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Is Mark Vickers running the production?
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You guys should give this a chance. They helped me out with an old mckee hull and showed genuine appreciation for the boat and me as a customer. More than I can say for the Mckee family....
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1) Yes, Hunt James actually runs the company.

2) The company is using techniques that are used by more than one manufacturer.

Wasn't that an item of conflict in the trial with the Mckee's saying McKee uses a unique method on their unsinkable boats and James saying that all boat manufactures use this process??
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Please bear in mind that the announcement from Aegis Unsinkable Boats was meant to be just that and was not intended to become a commentary about my ongoing litigation with the McKees. Since it has now digressed into that, I would be glad to go ahead and respond to some of the questions and comments I have seen so far.

Let me begin by saying that I have been truly astounded by the inaccuracy of many of the comments on this site and I cannot understand why so many people that have absolutely no idea about the true facts of the case for some reason feel compelled to comment as if they did. I guess I could go through and identify specific users and explain why each of their comments that I have seen over the previous year was so ridiculous but, instead, I will take the high road and just leave it at this:

I hope none of you is ever treated as unfairly as you have treated me here in this forum. The last I checked, this is America, and one of the amazing benefits we enjoy is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. I would ask you to please let the legal system do its job and to form your opinions based upon the facts, not hearsay. My defense of the case includes a massive arsenal of evidence in support of my innocence. I made absolutely every effort to try to save McKee Craft and spent an inordinate amount of money trying to do so but it simply was not possible. If you just think about it, the whole notion that I would somehow purposely scuttle the company does not even make a bit of sense. If the company really had been some sort of gem, why in the world would I consider harming it when I already had complete control of the Board and owned roughly 89% of the company at the time that we were forced to shut it down? I can assure you that I did absolutely nothing of the sort and, as such, I fully expect to prevail in The Court of Law. My hope now is that I will also be able to prevail in The Court of Public Opinion.

Here are some responses to issues that I have seen on the postings so far:

McKee Craft was definitely not alive and well when I got involved. I was initially just trying to get the company to build a custom boat for me but it quickly became apparent that it was not going to happen anytime soon because the company was in such a dire situation. I eventually agreed to try to help the company get back on its feet and my money was used to help keep the company afloat. The McKees were in complete control of the company after all of my initial cash infusions and they were in complete control of their own destiny. Once all of the money that I had provided had been spent by February of 2008, it became apparent that the company had no chance of surviving unless somebody helped it obtain another huge cash infusion and I was forced to step in to try to save the company. Even though it was an extremely risky deal at that point, I went ahead and stepped up to the plate because I truly believed in the product.

In summary, there is literally no way any rational person could make the claim that the company was anything other than a financial disaster before I even arrived on the scene and the evidence in support of that claim is overwhelming, so I don't really know what else to say. McKee Craft was in severe trouble long BEFORE the economy entered into its almost unprecedented tailspin. Once the economy began to deteriorate, the company had absolutely no chance to survive.

I have never claimed that all boat manufacturers use the same process. My point is that the techniques used to build unsinkable boats are widely known in the industry and the same techniques are used by more than one manufacturer.

The company did not build a new factory. The company was operating out of the same facility it had always used when I arrived on the scene and continued to use that facility until the bitter end. (An old textile plant had been purchased prior to my arrival with the intention of converting it into a new plant at some point but that never happened and the experts I consulted with all advised me that it was by no means an ideal setup for boat manufacturing.)

If anyone with an actual understanding of the facts has an opinion about what they would have done differently in my shoes, I would love to hear it! I'm going to chalk up all of this animosity to your passion about the boats and I hope that some of you will come over to my camp once you hear the facts and once you see the quality product that Aegis Unsinkable Boats is offering.

Thank you for your consideration.

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The past is done. I think the proof will be in what Aegis now does with the Mckee molds. Let's see the product they make. I'm excited to see the Mckee molds live again. Arguing about opinions over the inner workings of a business deal gone bad will get you nowhere. Now is the time to make great boats, stay financially sound, serve your customers with stellar service (of which there is precious little in the boating industry) and quit talk'in. Congratulations in starting your new company.


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Good luck and look forward to pictures and specs of the new products. I assume they will be sold factory direct for now?
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:05 AM
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Hunt,

Good luck moving forward.

I do have a question out of curiosity. I see on your site the mention of a 20 footer . Is this a Marathon 196 with a new name or did you extend the 196 out to 20'
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Pretty sure the last year of the 196 the model was changed to 200CC and 200 DC. There is a 2009 200 DC for sale now in Canada.

My guess it is still the 19'6" hull but I'm curious as well.


http://www.boatdealers.ca/newboats/p...-for-sale.aspx
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According to the link you provided, the LOA is 20'6" . Going by that, it appears to have been stretched. If this is accurate i wonder where that foot was added too?
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Had not noticed that. Maybe the quarter platform is measured now.

Looks like the same hull to me.
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Will the new 22 and 24 and 28 be basically like the McKees were? Will the 185 Offshoreman be in the offerings? Finally - Will Aegis stand behind the warranty of existing Mckees? (same ownership so I'd hope so).
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Good Luck with the new boat line. Jobs for NC.
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Please refere to the discussion posted on the main board to view my most recent responses.
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Sorry for the typo, should have been "refer"...
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