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I'd have to agree with Jeff H's summary. Custom built really doesn't say much about the quality of the boat's design or build. Similarly, professional doesn't mean good either... all it means, IMHO, is that the IRS knows you do something for money. I've met "professional" electricians that I wouldn't trust to plug in my Christmas lights. I've met amateur electricians I'd have wire life support equipment.

Custom built boats are just that... boats built to a customer's specifications, and if the customer had bad ideas about what a boat required, it can result in some awfully ugly and unseaworthy boats. If the customer was financially able, knowledgeable and meticulous, you would probably have a boat that is of higher quality and construction than a production boat of the same size and general use.

However, it really depends on the customer, the designer and the yard doing the building... all three can be points where the quality of the boat can be lost.

An Idiot customer, Bad Designer, and Bad Yard will probably result in an ugly, unsafe and shoddy boat. A Smart customer, a Good Designer and a Good Yard will probably result in a beautiful, seaworthy and solidly built boat. Or any other combination, with with a result in-between these two.

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