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post #700 of Old 03-14-2013
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Re: Full or fin keel?

Beyond the boat another problem for US buyers is the totality of trying to spec a semi custom boat built in another country, coordinating sale of prior boat, importation,warrenty work, insurance,financing and service after sale etc. Large production builders like B+J have this worked out but smaller builders-not so much. Making multiple varied innovations to accomendate my 6' and wife's 4'10" as well as sourcing from around the world was easy with Phil.Walking through the "soft costs" and making use of cheap money with investment returns much higher than loan money was easy working with people here. Don't think that will be the case until the infra structure for boat building beyond just the molds and tooling in the US is once again established. Valiant had a 35y run with boats that were little changed in basic design in large part because they did it once and did it right. This occurred at a time of massive innovation in N.A.s thinking and the US market was hot.

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