Megs - I know, I know . . .
I've got my flak jacket on as I type.
That guy doesn't have ALL the answers, nobody does, but for good common sense, I fail to see that he's so far off on his direct observations and commentaries.
Look, he ripped my own boat a new a-hole, but the extent to which he was able to indentify and focus in on the problems inherant in that design and boil it down to a succinct frighteningly accurate essay, that was was just uncanny.
Of course he failed to mention that every single observed issue has a proper and easy solution, but then he might not have known about the owner's board and the solutions to those problems.
He does boat surveys, not internet searches.
I find him a triffle inclined to shell most everything that does not come off a Bert or Hatt assembly line, but then those boats DO tend to set the bar, so does that make him less than truthful?
I think not.
Strikerthree - I spent MANY years fishing off a '77 Wellcraft Airslot24 with twin Mercruiser 170's in her. It was my dear departed Uncle's rig and I miss them both like crazy.
To this day I regard that boat as the best riding and most stable 24' boat that I've ever had the pleasure of fishing off. Head sea, following sea, quartering sea, didn't matter, that hull just ate them all up. We used to wreck fish off her, with me manning the two 600' lines in barrels up on the bow and my Uncle at the helm - It was just a wonderful rig and though the continual required maintenance and repair of those two aluminum Merc time-bombs made a man out me, I STILL loved her dearly and we would not hesitate to go thru Jones with the warning pennants flying, passing many a big cruiser heading back the other way because "It was too rough out there."
Jeez, the fish we trolled and wreck-caught off her would about sink the boat I run now. On some days it was sooo bad that we used to bass-troll the beaches while walking around the cockpit on our knees. The boat appeared to care less about the conditions.
I hear that old Airslot is STILL fishing out East, somewhere in the Plum Gut area and I hope the father/son team that bought her are having as good success with her as we did. She was a wonderful boat that treated us well and if anybody on this board every gets the opportunity to buy one of these slightly strange-looking boats, do not hesitate. They are truly fishing machines. One test ride will be all it takes, I assure you.
"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."
—Malcolm S. Forbes