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post #40 of Old 02-01-2013
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Re: Are Boats Built in the 70's Just Too Tired

Jon, in the 70's Hunter had a rep for being a cheap boat, lightly built and sold to newbs mainly on price. After all, the owner lost his own keel on Thursday's Child and that must have been embarassing as all hell.

But what some people called "cheap" other folks called "affordable" and by building cheap boats, Hunter got a lot of people into sailing. So that's not all a bad thing. Supposedly they started building to a higher standard later on. And of course, a 38 is about twice as big as the usual "starter" boat. And probably built after the edict to "Make sure the damend keel stays on!" was issued. (G)
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