Whether we're talking sail or power boats, deck leaks tend to be a pervasive problem, one which few people give much thought to until its too late and the damage has been done. Entire Article
This is where the newbies and novices start to become old salts, if they have any wits about them. A bit of a preamble follows here just to give you an idea of why this topic can generate so much controversy. Entire Article
The Wonderful World of Hull Blistering And Other Interesting Scams
Some surveyors have been insightful enough to ask why it is that some boats of a particular builder blister, while others of the same builder do not.
Or even why it is that some boats in a model line will blister and others not. Entire Article
Now 14 years old, this boat is a great example of what a good quality product is all about. Originally a half-million dollar boat, it is selling a decade and a half later for half its original price. Not bad, not bad.
And for those of you who wonder about how Hatteras stacks up against others in terms of quality, let me just say that this is not a top end yacht. Entie Article
Back to the Future: A Contemporary Journey into Traditional Design
Many of the younger generations have already been through two or three modern style boats and have found themselves displeased with both quality and performance.
It is for that reason that interest in more traditional styles of boat building is growing, for after one has been through a few Carvers, Sea Rays, Cruisers, Inc., et. al. one is apt to be inclined to expand his horizons in search of something a bit better, most particularly in terms of all-around performance. Entire Article
"By far, the most frequently asked question we get in our emails is the one by first time boat buyers asking about what brand they should buy.
Intermediate Size Sport Fishermen and Cruisers
Getting Caught in Thunder Storms
The roots of fiberglass boat building go all the way back to the 1930's when, so far as I know, the first reinforced plastic boat was built by Gar Wood in 1936.
Were it not for the Depression and W.W.II, production fiberglass boat building probably would have been initiated in the 1940's but, as it was, really began in earnest in 1960 with the pioneers of fiberglass boat building, Bertram, Hatteras and Hinckley. Entire Article
There are Great Values in Used Boats, But the Cost is More Than Just the Price
When we were young, we just loved the idea of buying a new car. But by the time we've owned three or four of them - often without paying off the balance of last one before buying the next - eventually we discover what a tremendous waste of our financial resources this is.
When it comes to boats the situation's not much different, except now we're talking about serious money. Entire Article
How Hull Shape and Weight Affect Performance
Five of the last six twin engine CC boats we've tested chine ride. The sixth one also did, but was generally controllable with careful steering. The others would ride on one side of the hull or the other no matter what you did with wheel, engine trim or trim tabs. Entire Article.
Liability Risks for Failure to Report Inadequate Repairs Runs High
What prompted me to write this article is that increasingly I am hearing of complaints against surveyors who have failed to discover major damages and structural faults with storm damaged boats.
Since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the eastern U.S. has been hit with 7 hurricanes that have caused damage to tens, if not hundreds of thousands of boats.
This means that there is nearly an equal number of boats that have been repaired and put back on the market.
In itself, that would not be a problem, except that so many of these damaged boats were sold as salvage to speculators who then made substandard repairs and put them back on the market.Read Entire Article.
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