There`s nothing wrong with a well built Ferro-Cement boat. As you can tell I`m a strong advicate of "Rock" boats. I also beleive that fellow owners owe it to the breed to let others know how proud they are to have one. A bad name was given to them un-justly and it`s my mission to change all of that. I have nothing but great thing to say about my "Island Chief". It`s also as fare as any glass boat out there. When I first saw it I too thought it was glass until I rap the side of it and damn near broke my hand. The "Island Chief" and the "New Horizons" where design by the late Stan Huntingford. Stan design a good number of boats and it`s possible the one you saw was one of them. There are a great number of Ferro-Cement boats out there still in service. The ones that gave them a bad name are more than likely not even sailing any more, or never made it to the water. So, if any of you out there have any questions or a story "Good" or "Bad" I would love to hear from you.