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Old 07-29-2011, 04:57 AM
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Hi guys

I know that you get this alot but I would love to hear what USA boats you all rate. I am in Australia and we are seeing a big increase in boat imports from the USA. Its hard to sort out the wheat from the chaff as they all look so good. Your thoughts on top brands and ones to avoid would be much appreciated.

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I'd have to say, and in no particular order....in the small boat category
Intrepid
Yellowfin
Bahama
Venture....although closed up now
Dusky. Not a show dog, but a solid boat.
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NorTech
Bahama
Onslow Bay
Albury Brothers
Freeman
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Marlow Explorer
Hatteras
Intrepid
Nor-Tech
Albury Brothers
Old 07-29-2011, 05:53 AM
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Top5

Tuck Guthrie
Jamie Chadwick
Roy Barnes & Bill Schwabe
Glen Rose
Ricky Gillikin (deceased, but his company is still around)

I'd like to add Bill Freeman in there, but I don't know enough about his boats just yet (and I don't know the man himself)...even though his facility is about a mile from where I'm sitting as I type this. If I were to add him to the short list above, Billy should be extremely proud to be among those names. Even the thoughts of being their equal says alot.
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Get a Bayliner.

Nobody else even comes close.
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Henriques is the only boat I've owned that I consider to be more or less a top boat builder and that I didn't have any problems with.
Owned a 30' Pursuit 30' CC, had deck delamination problems but liked the boat overall and wouldn't hesitate to own one again.
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Yellowfin
Invincible
Contender
Fountain
Seavee
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There are all kinds of ways to rate em:

Most expensive
Most reliable
Most unsinkableness
Most value for the money
Best peformance in a head sea
Best performance when drifting or at anchor
Best warranty service
Best dealers,
etc.....
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Originally Posted by cape_fisherman View Post
Top5

Tuck Guthrie
Jamie Chadwick
Roy Barnes & Bill Schwabe
Glen Rose
Ricky Gillikin (deceased, but his company is still around)

I'd like to add Bill Freeman in there, but I don't know enough about his boats just yet (and I don't know the man himself)...even though his facility is about a mile from where I'm sitting as I type this. If I were to add him to the short list above, Billy should be extremely proud to be among those names. Even the thoughts of being their equal says alot.
Those sound like good ole Carteret county names to me !

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Old 07-29-2011, 08:51 AM
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Caison
Spencer
Jarret Bay
Chadwick
Garlington
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Are we talking new, production builders and currently in production? If so:
Viking
Cabo
Hatteras
Henriques
Carolina Classic
Expanding to 10, I'd add:
Tiara
Jupiter
Grady White
Nordhavn
Formula
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1. Viking
2. Regulator
3. Yellow Fin
4. Tiara
5. Cabo

Anything else, is just for kids
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Yellowfin
Jupiter
SeeVee
Intrepid
Invinicible
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Sea Vee
Viking
Weaver
Yellowfin
F&S
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Originally Posted by I'm on a boat View Post

Anything else, is just for kids

...or inshore fisherman.
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...in return give us your top 5 Aussie builders (fishing boats)...
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Grady White
See Vee
Jupiter
Venture
Cabo
Jim Smith
Garlington
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Burger Boats
http://www.burgerboat.com/

Richmond Yachts
http://www.richmondyachts.com/gallery.html

Super Yachts INC
http://superyachtsinc.com/

Millennium Super Yachts
http://www.millenniumsuperyachts.com/john-staluppi.html

SunSeeker
http://www.sunseeker.com/
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1. Tahoe
2. Bayliner
3. Lowe
4. Pro-Line
5. Stingray

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