As an avid "ROCK" boat owner I will try to give an objective opion about owning a Ferro-Cement boat. I purchased mine a year ago but not with out alot of investigation.The Islandchief is a 60ft. Cutter Rigg with a displacment of 58,000lbs. He`s full keeled with a swing center board. Drafting 4ft board up and 9ft board down. Perfect for cruising the Islands. First off, I want to say YES!! There are alot of JUNK boats out there. However there are alot of JUNK boats in other constructions. When buying a boat always listen to your gut. The first time you step foot on the deck you`ll know. At least that`s the way it was for myself and Wanda (my better half). When considering a Ferro-Cement boat, get all of the details on how the construction was performed.Who built it and is the builder still available for coment. There is also a great web site called "World of Ferro-Cement Boats". Go through this web site before getting the " I GOTS TO HAVES" There are alot of myths about Ferro boats. The more you educate yourself the better off you will be. Oh, and Stay away from people that offer opions with no facts to back it up. I myself love my boat and would`nt trade it for any other boat. I have also seen some that would be better off as a reef. The Ferro-Cement boat as received a bad name for itself and rightly so. However when you find a good one they can`t be beat. Oh, I forgot to mention. I have a No.2 Hull. The mother ship is in St Thomas called "New Horizons". Both ships were designed by Stan Huntingford in Vancouver B.C. and both built to the same strict standards. So check with the current owner and see if there is another vessel out there. The original builder or owner would know for sure. If you have any other questions or want to coment drop me a line.
Sincerly, Chuck Fleer