Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: West Michigan
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Why does it seem that every question regarding quality of about a boat get turned into suitability issues?
The question was best built, not best suited, best built would imply the boat with the fewest owner complaints as to structural failures, best suited would be for whatever purpose intended, and have a different answer for every situation.
my triton is well built, everything is solid, and I realy have no comlaints as to the construction, I admit it is not suited for some uses, but as to construction, there's not a lot that was wrong with the way it was built
my boat is approximately 40 years old, and is as solid as the day she was made, no soft spots in the deck, mast beam is still in great shape, stantions (except where they caught an oak trees when some moron cut it down) are still in factory condition, does show some wear here and there, but hey, it's 40 years old, I'm starting to show some wear at 45 so can't complain.
suitability is not equivelant to build quality.
I'm a carpenter, and while I generaly go for the best built tools, many of the best built ones are unsuited for my use, table saws for instance, I use a small bench style tablesaw, not of the best build quality, but it is immensly suitanble for my use, the best built one would seldom be used by me because I'd need a few friends to help me move to the jobsite, best suited is one I can put in the back of the truck and carry around myself.
my method of finding best build quality is to find a group dedicated to that boat, and spend an afternoon browsing it, if I find most questions are about how to fix something or getting a better replacements for a bunch of constantly breaking factory parts, it would indicate that there are some serious build issues. If there are few repair questions, it would imply the opposite