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Re: Thinking of buying a new boat
No worries about buying a boat whose maker is out of business, really. If you are buying a boat made before say 1989, there's a good chance the maker is gone. Many, many went out of business in the late 80s. Luckily, most of the equipment on a boat is standard, made by third party companies. So it's more like buying a bike, where the frame is special and made by the company whose name is on the bike, but the brakes, sprockets, wheels etc. are made by a few companies who supply all bikes.
What you want to worry about with an older boat is how it has been maintained, who owned it, and what its history has been. These will be the main differentiators 20 years + down the road.
2000 Beneteau 331
Northern Chesapeake Bay
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