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Old 02-10-2019, 04:59 PM
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I have a Ď99 Aquasport 245 Explorer. I see that Ebbtide Holdings is putting out 3 new models for 2019, 2100 and 2300 center consoles and a 2400 deck boat. Any thoughts, opinions on these boats?
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Ebbtide holdings !!wow that's great a Chinese OWNED COMPANY !! Boats made in the US or made in China ? Stores were circulating the US manufacturing company had closed ???
Ebbtide have a huge factory in china ! I even helped with the original design of there building because it so far away from the sea or body of water they needed to water test the completed boats so built a couple of big pools within there factory its self to drop the boats and test everything before delivery and export !!

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https://www.tradeonlytoday.com/industry-news/ebbtide-boats-sold-to...

This is the office building and show room on the ground floor ! AND the two big pools i advised them to have for when the started to manufacture big boats with in board motors and stern drives ! to check for water leaks etc !This factory was 32 ks away fro the nearest water ! there were big apartment buildings and shops being built also to accommodate the staff need in the future !plus a bus service from Rizhou the closest city and port for the fishing fleet and marinas ! I was flown and went to see what was going on and the possibilities of taking charge of there fiberglass massive work shop ! But management had nothing settled and the delays were ramped so I couldn't wait for months and months for positive decisions to be made !

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Old 02-10-2019, 10:58 PM
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Ebbtide holdings !!wow that's great a Chinese OWNED COMPANY !! Boats made in the US or made in China ?
Ebbtide have a huge factory in china ! I even helped with the original design of there building because it so far away from the sea or body of water they needed to water test the completed boats so built a couple of big pools within there factory its self to drop the boats and test everything before delivery ! !
I guess that's all I need to know, thanks!
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Never would I have guessed that tunnles, in only two sentences, could save at least one THTer, many thousands of dollars!
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:25 AM
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Ebbtide has been owned by a Chinese investment company since 2012. I wouldn't let that be a deterrent to me, Ebbtide always made a pretty nice boat.

Ebbtide acquired the Aquasport brand and boat molds from Hydra-Sports in 2015 and is building the boats at the Ebbtide facility in White Bluff, Tennessee.
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Glad to see the name again- but Aquasport really made a name for itself pre-1988 when Genmar bought them out
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REAL Aquasports were built in Hialeah. My father in law was president of Aquasport for years.
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I picked up a '72 222 a few months ago that I'm rebuilding. Good boats. Still see pleanty of them around. I wonder if Ebbtide is using old aquasport hull molds or are just using the name.
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Originally Posted by UKSnookhunter View Post
I wonder if Ebbtide is using old aquasport hull molds or are just using the name.

They are using the molds of the most recent small Hydra-Sports models; nothing in common with older Aquasport models.
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I wish Ebbtide would use those Hydra-Sports molds to make some copies of Hydra-Sports' 2300 Vx's. It was rumored that Aquasport was planning to do that, but it never happened. I think there is a large market for that express type boat in the 22-23 foot range, but no manufacturer is stepping up to the plate to do that because it's a lot cheaper to take a row boat, but a steering wheel in the middle of it and call it a Center Console.
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I agree with tunnles for once, never buy anything made in china.
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Originally Posted by UKSnookhunter View Post
I picked up a '72 222 a few months ago that I'm rebuilding. Good boats. Still see pleanty of them around. I wonder if Ebbtide is using old aquasport hull molds or are just using the name.
Any rebuild pics? Finished my '70 222 rebuild and really enjoying it. Great boats.
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I don't know how Ebbtide is putting them together, but in my opinion those are some good designs from HydraSports.
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[QUOTE=Brother Lou;12230615]
I have a ‘99 Aquasport 245 Explorer.

Did you move out of All seasons?
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Originally Posted by Brother Lou View Post
I have a Ď99 Aquasport 245 Explorer. I see that Ebbtide Holdings is putting out 3 new models for 2019, 2100 and 2300 center consoles and a 2400 deck boat. Any thoughts, opinions on these boats?
Im curious as to how you like the 245 explorer? How well does it take rough seas? What kind of fuel capacity? How far offshore do you take it? Thanks
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Im curious as to how you like the 245 explorer? How well does it take rough seas? What kind of fuel capacity? How far offshore do you take it? Thanks
wish I had the answers to all those questions. I know she holds about 144 gallons, but other than that, I’ve only been on it once when I was thinking about buying it. Got it recently, this Spring will be the first time I’ll be taking it out for real. Aquasports have caught my eye for years and I knew someone that was involved with the company in a small capacity . When I saw this one, I went for it. Really clean with a 300 E TEC hanging off the back. I’m a little limited in my mobility because of an accident I had about a year an a half ago. The fishing area is huge for an 8’6”beam. I think I’m going to really enjoy this one test ride was very nice.
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wish I had the answers to all those questions. I know she holds about 144 gallons, but other than that, Iíve only been on it once when I was thinking about buying it. Got it recently, this Spring will be the first time Iíll be taking it out for real. Aquasports have caught my eye for years and I knew someone that was involved with the company in a small capacity . When I saw this one, I went for it. Really clean with a 300 E TEC hanging off the back. Iím a little limited in my mobility because of an accident I had about a year an a half ago. The fishing area is huge for an 8í6Ēbeam. I think Iím going to really enjoy this one test ride was very nice.
Please let me know when you find out. Iím looking at one tomorrow and I really like the lines. If everything pans out, Iím going to buy it and sell my other project boat. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Reachport View Post
I wish Ebbtide would use those Hydra-Sports molds to make some copies of Hydra-Sports' 2300 Vx's. It was rumored that Aquasport was planning to do that, but it never happened. I think there is a large market for that express type boat in the 22-23 foot range, but no manufacturer is stepping up to the plate to do that because it's a lot cheaper to take a row boat, but a steering wheel in the middle of it and call it a Center Console.
Everyone made small walk around models for a while. They didnít quit because it was too profitable and they couldnít keep up with demand.
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Everyone made small walk around models for a while. They didnít quit because it was too profitable and they couldnít keep up with demand.

I'm suggesting manufacturers quit making walkarounds because CC's are a lot easier and cheaper to make. But, the Walkaround is still the configuration most desired in Northern climates. They are not as popular in the Southern regions. Aside from Pilot House boats like SteigerCraft and Parker, the only boat manufacturers still offering small walkarounds are Grady White and Proline. Boat manufacturers have also eliminated the removable hatch over the gas tank in order to facilitate fabrication and increase profits.

The overriding objective in boat manufacturing is profits. If people will buy it, manufacturers have no qualms about cutting corners or doing away with less profitable aspects of their lines. When you go to a boat show these days, it is wall to wall CC's.
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