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Old 02-24-2019, 05:17 AM
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Well... we didnt discuss it yesterday. But I know 2019 is done. I dont want to speak for Dave but I know the show was really good for him. The boats ride impressed alot of people. When we last spoke after the show, deposits and contracts were executed and in the works. I know a few more have scheduled demo rides in the next few weeks.

Also Dave should have some news coming up soon. (No it's not the 50 footer)
24 footer??
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:25 AM
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24 footer??
It's not a new model.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:33 AM
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Here's the first layers of 4108 heavy cloth applied to the hull sponsons and tunnel edge. The hull sides have an additional layer of 1.5oz mat and 2mil Coremat. The Coremat prevents the print-through of the heavy layers.


The top of the tunnel is capped with 4108, which overlaps the sponson glass.
I am so fortunate to have the craftsmen that I have working for me. This team has been working together for a long time, actually first started working for me in early 2000. Even though no one normally sees what's under the deck of a boat, their work is clean and smooth. They truly take pride in the boats they help to build.



More 4108 being applied and a good chance to show the amount of overlap of each layer in the two critical areas of the hull, the bottom of the sponsons and tunnel corners.


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Old 02-24-2019, 06:03 AM
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More 4108 has been applied to the hull sides, over the layers of 1.5oz mat and Coremat.



Once all of the heavy cloth has been applied, we glass in the bulkheads and sub-floor stringers.
We made a change, starting with hull #3. We were using 1.5" medium density foam core for our bulkheads. Both sides had to be laminated with a layer of 1708 stitchmat cloth, prior to installation. We have always used 1.5" high density Coosa foam core for our transom. We have replaced the medium density foam core with the same high density Coosa.The change doesn't add or takeaway any structural integrity, it reduces the labor hours of laminating the 1708 to the medium density foam core and better utilizes waste.

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Originally Posted by UCF View Post
Well... we didnt discuss it yesterday. But I know 2019 is done. I dont want to speak for Dave but I know the show was really good for him. The boats ride impressed alot of people. When we last spoke after the show, deposits and contracts were executed and in the works. I know a few more have scheduled demo rides in the next few weeks.

Also Dave should have some news coming up soon. (No it's not the 50 footer)
OK, now that the "cats out of the bag" (no pun intended) in March we will be moving into our own free-standing, much larger, building. It's in Ft. Pierce. Next door to Maverick, in the same area as Pursuit and Bluewater. Boat builders central as it were. This move is not to try and greatly increase our production, although it will to a small extent, we just ran out of room in our present facility. Once we're moved in I'll post more pics.



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Old 02-24-2019, 06:40 AM
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Congrats Dave on the new space. Hope it's cooler for the guys too. Had to be a balmy 90 down there last week,
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by BassnBays View Post
OK, now that the "cats out of the bag" (no pun intended) in March we will be moving into our own free-standing, much larger, building. It's in Ft. Pierce. Next door to Maverick, in the same area as Pursuit and Bluewater. Boat builders central as it were. This move is not to try and greatly increase our production, although it will to a small extent, we just ran out of room in our present facility. Once we're moved in I'll post more pics.



congratulations on finding a new space. It will be nice to have everything under one roof and some elbow room for the crew.
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:37 AM
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Quick Update,

Finally made it down to Port St. Lucie to visit Dave's shop and went for a quick ride with the family. I was thoroughly impressed with the cleanliness of the shop and how the space was utilized, accommodating the ongoing work taking place. Definitely lots of coordination between Dave and his team to accomplish multiples builds in different stages.

Onto the boat ride. We splashed the boat and while idling out, Dave mentioned it would be sloppy at the inlet and we could make the call on arrival. I was thinking ideal conditions for a true performance test, Hard falling tide and stiff East breeze. About a half mile from the inlet, Dave turns to my wife and daughter to asked if it was a go. They both nodded their heads and said hammer down. At 35 mph the boat ate the seas up like it was nothing, all while we remained comfortable and dry. After running around and hitting waves from every angle, we stopped to sit in a sloppy side sea. Once again, the boat impressed with it's stability and very little noticeable roll. When returning to the inlet, Dave looked over and told us to hold on. As Dave eased the throttles forward, the boat went from 35 to 52 in mere seconds eating the slop up, while passing everyone in sight. The boat is definitely a head turner and we were all smiles and windburned.

To sum things up, I couldn't be happier and definitely made the right decision investing in Dave and his product. He is a very genuine, knowledgeable, and down to earth person that I'd like to call a friend.
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:47 AM
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Dave thanks for adding the pictures of the build thus far and your time during the wet test.

Eric, it was a pleasure meeting you and Lindsey and will definitely take you up on the Tailgating offer, if our busy schedules allow. Crawling around your boat also helped envisioning my build as well, the 2 are very similar.

Frank, The Suzuki's will be shipped to the shop and rigged in house by Dave's crew.

Jumpsummo, this build is going to be a Center Console.
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:07 PM
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Looking forward to getting there soon and seeing the new factory and get a demo ride.
Was looking at Simard electronics for my current boat today and the 16 inch screen looks really nice.
By the way my boat will be named SALTY HOG
Currently planning on a pilothouse. Not sure if it will be a W/A or not.
Waiting to see what some of the other boats look like.
Interesting call on the motors.
We have plenty of EVINRUDE support in NY/Long Island & the deal Dave has with the free I-dock and 10 yr warranty is hard to pass up.
\Plus everything is cheaper in Florida then in NY !
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Be careful on having Dave hang the Suzukis. While Dave's team is more than competent to do so, Eastward is not OEM Suzuki. If you have an issue, Suzuki will deny you because of this. You can call their customer service department for details. We're #10 and I've been looking into Suzuki's and Yamaha.
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Hopefully Dave gets the Popes blessing to install before you engines arrive. Even if it requires a Certified Factory Wiz to come sign off on the install,
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Originally Posted by steelcityfishanddive View Post
Be careful on having Dave hang the Suzukis. While Dave's team is more than competent to do so, Eastward is not OEM Suzuki. If you have an issue, Suzuki will deny you because of this. You can call their customer service department for details. We're #10 and I've been looking into Suzuki's and Yamaha.
Thanks for the information! We haven't worked that angle yet, but have the option of having Brain at International Marine do the install.
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:02 PM
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Yep, Brian can do that for you. Just have to get the boat back and forth.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:24 PM
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Outboard specialties is a little over an hour north of Dave. May be the largest duke dealer in the world.
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:35 PM
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The price I got between those two wasn't all that close with International Marine winning. Even with some contacts for other Suzuki installers, I couldn't do better than International.
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The price I got between those two wasn't all that close with International Marine winning. Even with some contacts for other Suzuki installers, I couldn't do better than International.
Likewise, the motors will be purchased through International Marine. Since the Suzuki's are the first set mounted on a Horizon, Brain offered to wet test and get the mounting / prop configuration correct. Dave can then run the boat and produce a Performance report for all others interested.
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In for the build. I'm going to have to swing by the factory sometime soon. Looks like a great rig. Congrats.
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The birth of Bruce's boat......







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Originally Posted by Diverboy264 View Post
Likewise, the motors will be purchased through International Marine. Since the Suzuki's are the first set mounted on a Horizon, Brain offered to wet test and get the mounting / prop configuration correct. Dave can then run the boat and produce a Performance report for all others interested.
BALLPARK, what did you find the difference in pricing with SUZUKI vs YAMAHA vs EVINRUDE ?
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