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Old 07-09-2013, 11:47 AM
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The boats made in China thread got me thinking yesterday. Why do you not see the plain single hull fiberglass boats with the rolled edges and the rough inside finish made anymore. My neighbor has a a very old about 20 foot V hull with a pad and it only has a 90hp and runs plenty fast and he catches more fish than anyone I know. When and did Americans decide everything they own have to be so loaded and expensive. That where I think China has a nitch in the boat industry and they can be stacked for shipment and consoles ect installed later. Better yet Mexico Needs to send us some real Pangas not the high dollar things they call Pangas made in Florida.
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If your looking for bare-bones with a roughly finished interior and is made here in the US then I suggest you look at Cape Horn.
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Parker, Maycraft ,C-hawk, Privateer are all bare bones kinda boats made in the U.S. although you will pay for the Parker.
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I think it's just progress; look at automobiles.....

Used to be a car had a radio. Now if you don't have a global GPS system, you're behind the times.

It's funny, because now, a family "living in poverty" would seem like the Rockefelles compared to what we had as a middle class family growing up in the 60's.

Today, it's all about bells and whistles...
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Carolina Skiff
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Originally Posted by cummins28 View Post
Parker, Maycraft ,C-hawk, Privateer are all bare bones kinda boats made in the U.S. although you will pay for the Parker.
I guess I never see anything like those at dealers around here but do see a lot of Privateers on the water. Maybe not enough profits or consumer interest for the dealers to stock them?
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
The boats made in China thread got me thinking yesterday. Why do you not see the plain single hull fiberglass boats with the rolled edges and the rough inside finish made anymore.
You ain't looking hard enough.

Many builders offering "plain single hull fiberglass boats with the rolled edges and the rough inside finish".
Old 07-09-2013, 12:17 PM
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In North Carolina you can find the right man to build you a skiff or and 80 foot floating dream machine.
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
You ain't looking hard enough.
Guess not. Privateer I see and of course Carolina skiffs are all over the place here. Imagine if China started making boats like those shaped to stack on top of each other in containers with seats, decks, consoles ect. installed at the dealer. What would the cost be? Carolina skiffs aren't cheep.

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I think you are forgetting one of the most expensive part of a boat. The motor.

By the time you figure the motor and trailer, the price of some of the entry level boats that by American laws must float when swamped are not that high.
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I think its like everything, you want a Cadillac at a Kia price. When i was searching for boats the real killer for me was the electronics, older boats needed an upgrade and the electronics on the newer boats hold their value.

The car industry shows us that shipping these large items is not the way to go (Honda, Kia, BMW, Hyundai are made in the US). The difference is a boat is a luxury item and a car is not, and most boat builders are family run. Think about the profits YF could make by moving to Mexico and producing the same boats there. If they had share holders to report to they would have moved there years ago.
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Carolina Skiff make one. I had one in the past, they are good solid boats.
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Last time i went a boat show there was a local place selling some dory style skiff that was nothing but a bare hull for $4k. I think that is a bit much for a bare 14 skiff hull.
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Originally Posted by Mars5L View Post
Last time i went a boat show there was a local place selling some dory style skiff that was nothing but a bare hull for $4k. I think that is a bit much for a bare 14 skiff hull.
How bout these?



Only $4,800




Only $3,000
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You drive around in one of those basic jobbies, and us THT'rs will laugh you off of this board in 5 minutes flat.
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Originally Posted by SeaJay View Post
You drive around in one of those basic jobbies, and us THT'rs will laugh you off of this board in 5 minutes flat.
Wrong.

There is beauty in simplicity.
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
How bout these?



Only $4,800




Only $3,000
That solo skiff is fantastic!!
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Originally Posted by Trayder View Post
That solo skiff is fantastic!!
I was thinking the same thing.
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Not for $3,000 without motor.
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
Not for $3,000 without motor.
Maybe, but many SUP rigs are even higher and having had a BOTE fishing SUP for a while I would kill for an engine!! paddling upwind is for the birds!!!!

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