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post #4 of Old 10-06-2004
fenixrises
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Taiwan boats, any good?

Hi Douggie,
This is anecdotal.
Please buy a boat made in Taiwan.
It helps keep boat repair people in business.
I got:
One free trip to Hilo because of the failure of a SS bowsprit fitting.
A $60,000 repair job on a Peterson 44 that cracked in half. Boat had a thick f/g hull(1/2") in the topsides but only one layer or woving roving. Also had scrap steel ballast encased in concrete instead of the called for lead.
While in a Taiwan yard in 1987 I saw building procedures for offshore boats that would bring tears to the eyes of anyone knowledgable about boat building. I witnessed first hand much of what Jeff stated.
Taiwan built boats are by and large frightening, unless you are there full time when the boat is being built and knowledgable enough to know what you are seeing. And can some get the builder to do as you ask.

Take care,
In this case a great deal of care.
Fred
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