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Re: Boat Builder Reputations (who makes good boats?)
Of the builders on your list, Cal probably had the best reputation. Ericson would be about the same over-all build quality, but with fancier (more teak, et cetera) interiors. The same could probably be said about Islander boats. However, the vintage of the boat can make a huge difference. Cals from the 1970s were better built than Catalina/Capri boats. But newer Catalinas (1990 to present) are probably better built than than the early Cals. MacGregor/Venture boats were/are not badly built, per se, but they are built very light, and more for the maximum number of berths than for their sailing characteristics.
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