We currently have a 1973 Grand Banks 42 and have been internet shopping for our next boat. I think I've got it narrowed down to two favourites, Ocean Alexander and Tollycraft. Both 44' and both in the 1988 to 1990 range. I'm looking for opinions on both as to build quality, comfort, systems design, sea kindliness*and the likes and dislikes for both. Thanks if you can assist! - Boyd www.grandbanks42.com
Forgive me for being so very late in seeing your thread, and commenting... In my opinion, from articles and from speaking with boat yard workers:
-********* In 70s and 80s Tollycraft hull construction experienced superior hand lay-up, better resin quality and more thickness as compared to Ocean Alexander.* In 90s and beyond I know not the comparison.
-********* Otherwise... for comfort-layout, looks, superstructure build quality, engine compartment layout, and equipment in general... it is pretty much the choice of the buyer
-********* That said, I feel Tollycraft is an extremely well built craft overall... but I may be a bit favorable for Tolly, being a VERY satisfied owner of a 1977 Tollycraft Tri Cabin twin screw!
Good luck, if you are still looking! - Art