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Old 04-03-2006
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Amusing Analogy

So, I overhear a co-worker at a ballgame talking to a fellow co-worker talking about comparing Used Boats to Used Cars. His statements were trying to convince the other guy that you dont always have to pay out the nose for a new boat, when there's quality used boats out there aplenty. Here's what he compared manufacturers

Used Catalina = Used Toyota Camry...boring, but a great value and keeps going forever

Used Hunter - A Used Ford...fix or repair daily and wont hold its value worth a damn.

I'd like to keep up this analogy - so, how about the community put in the Boat Manufacturer and the equivalent Car Manufacturer (in terms of characteristics)

WHat about Beneteau, C&C, Pearson, Erickson, etc!
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I am not sure that you can really use that kind of automobile company analogy for boats because there are so many different ways of measuring quality, not to mention public impressions vs reality both in cars and in boats.

For example, your example which seems consistent with public perception but which is at odds with what marine surveyors have generally told me. When you look at the big three, marine surveyors have consistently told me that Hunters do a better job with the 'systems' and with regulation compliance and stand up better than Catalinas. They also have said, that as a broad generality, Beneteau doesn't do as well as Hunter when it comes to 'systems' and regulation compliance, but otherwise they tend to be better built than the other two.


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Jeff, I would be interested in....

jeff, I would be interested in your opinion of Ericsons in relation to the subject of this post, especially the Ericson 30+ (different from the Ericson 30). Especially comments about their performance and quality of construction/possible areas of weakness would be very helpful.
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