First of all, since I've owned 3 of them, I'd hardly call myself an Apache basher.Originally Posted by offshoredrillin
Mark is a nice guy and a very competent boatbuilder but again, we all know the story behind how he ended up owning the name. I don't recall ever seeing him in the cockpit or ever mentioned anywhere in any article, interview or elsewhere. And, to his credit, I don't believe he's ever claimed otherwise. Sure the silver boat is very nice and it does share a lineage with Apache. Bobby is substantially closer to the direct lineage of Apache but what he's doing isn't what Apache did in the early 80's. How many Chiefs are there now? One? Two? And steps? I understand he needs to earn a living and lots of people want steps but it's pretty contrary to the original spirit of Apache.
You miss the point of my post- what was Apache happened once and that era passed. They were a one-of-a-kind in an exciting era of offshore powerboating and they built a boat that was a quantum leap forward. They out-performed and out-classed everything ever made. They also struck on the magic combination of design, dimension,mass and construction that made the Apache the best, most durable rough-water boat ever built. There wasn't anything like them back then- there was only one "best" and it was Apache. I could name at least 6 or 7 builders today that could be argued to build the best boat. And, they're building them in some sort of regularity.
If Ben & Bobby & the rest of the Apache crew were 25 years younger and built the boats today, they'd be hard-pressed to make a ripple.