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post #17 of Old 01-17-2007
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Sparrow 409,

Your experience seems to mirror mine when I bought a CS36 Merlin from CS Yachts many years ago. To have to pay most of the money before your boat is built is an unnerving process. Constant delays, rumours of insolvency and excuses from the manufacturer make for a lot of worrying. I got my boat out of the yard as soon as possible (some of the trim was unfinished) because if the boat's still in the factory it belongs to them even if you've paid 90% of it and can be seized by the sheriff if the company goes tits up. As it happened CS did not go bankrupt but stopped production soon after. Mr. Poole (General Manager at CS then I believe ) went on to build boats at Saga. As for my latest boat, I bought it when it was sitting in the dealers lot, new and complete. A much less stressful process. Good luck with your 409. Another Tony Castro boat like the CS34, CS36 Merlin and CS40.

Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.

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