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Old 09-20-2011, 10:39 AM   #11
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RE: Trawler Information...DeFever vs. Island Gypsy vs. Cheoy Lee

It is hard to put rankings on these builders but I think we all know that Grand banks would be at the top. Marine Trader might be at the bottom for some models but others were much better. Marine Trader was simply an importer, but they did own some of their own molds. They would contract out the building to the low bidder. Some of the builders did a much better job and some cut corners.
In 16 years of boat sales I have yet to run accross two 25 year old boats that had the same maintenance, some will have rebuilt engines, or replaced generators, new applainces, paint jobs. Some have been improved and others just to get by, so the the last ten years of care is critical to determining value.
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