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    Senior Member Endurance's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    I wouldn't have had such great company on that journey, though, as our hero emphatically doesn't like big waves crashing over the lee rail, or his belly's reaction to all that excitement.
    Now you have me confused. I'm no sailor, but I would expect the waves to crash over the windward rail instead of the lee rail.

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    Yeah. I meant the windward rail. The lee rail is where Our Hero hangs out. And over.
    But the lee rail is the one that is more often under water, at least in a really good blow. In that situation, it's so wet you're not sure where all that water is coming from.
    Last edited by Amelia; 11-21-2014 at 05:56 AM.

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    Production boat always will be cheap made - it does not matter if is a houseboat or sailboat. That Hunter 33 sailboat, that I trade for this houseboat, had extensive wood damage inside from rain water. Previous owner left portholes open. Cheap wood. Then the boat, that I am living on - 1978 Caver 28 powerboat - have better wood. None of my cabinets, walls or shelf's are falling apart. Carver was limited, but production boat. Some manufactures, care about longevity of a boat - some do not. Every sailboat and some powerboats ( that I know) have an escape hatch. This houseboat is a death trap for anyone in sleeping berth. The designer of this boat should design a dog houses, not a boat. Correction: I would not let that guy design my dog house - I like my dog.

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    Dupek - I will submit that you are just flat out wrong with this statement - "Production boat always will be cheap made". All of the boats I have owned have been built like tanks.

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    You are right. I should said that most of the production boats are cheap made. That Hunter sailboat, that I owned, was build like a tank. Strong hull, deck to hull joints very strong. After all those years - no soft spots on deck or cabin, but the interior made out of cheap wood. I had Watkins 27 sailboat: wood good inside, but the keel, hull and deck design were very poor. This boat, that I live on it now - Carver 28- have no soft spots, wood in good shape. Decent hull design for a lakes or a rivers, but I would not take this boat off shore. All those boats were from 1978-1979. I guess, some manufacture, have to make some choice of quality build to make a profit. I would prefer to have strong hull and deck with cheap interior, that have "flashy" interior, but weak hull or deck. Safety is the most concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easttnboater View Post
    Dupek - I will submit that you are just flat out wrong with this statement - "Production boat always will be cheap made". ......
    I agree 100%.

    There are cheap production boats, there are good quality expensive production boats, there are very good quality limited production boats and there are very expensive high quality custom boats. Then again, there are low quality custom boats also. But to compare sailboat construction to houseboat construction is like apples and oranges. After all, why would a manufacturer spend the time, money and quality on a houseboat that is not intended to be a circumnavigating world cruiser? And then pass off the costs to you, the consumer.

    Dupeks experience seems to be mainly with old give-away boats which when new were pretty close to bottom of the line anyway. Dupek, if you want a quality power boat get a Grand Banks Trawler or some other high dollar trawlers. They are out there. But if you campare over all lengths of the designs, houseboats will always have way more room inside and out.
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    dupek, you are speaking about boats that are more than thirty years old.

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    Hi everyone, this may be a bit off subject. I own a boat graveyard. It has about twenty boats ranging from a Sanger v drive flat bottom, to a 30' sea ray cruiser with boats from the fifty's to the ninety's. They all have one thing in common..... Neglect. A boat is only as good as it has been treated it's whole life, regardless of manufacture, or the year. I have replaced more stringers and transoms than I care to remember. Most were do to owner error such as not removing the drain plug, storing the boat bow down, leaving windows open, not keeping the bilge dry, etc. Don't get me wrong, there are manufacturers that build boats leaps and bounds better than other manufacturers, yet I have seen those boats get smashed up and sent to the land fill because of neglect. Regardless of the brand, inspect the boat carefully. I recommend anyone thinking about buying any older boat read what Old Houseboater posted on the subject.
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    I have one question for you dupek, you paid zero for this boat, what did you expect?

    And as Banana Tom has said the boat is 30 years old, how many 30 year old cars do you see on the road.

    The quality of most boats is in direct proportion to there cost

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    Guess you people never considered an Aluminum boat. Marinette, Hilborne. KingsCraft, Pluckeybaum. These are a forever boat with minimum upkeep. Many well over 50 years old and solid as a rock.
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