How about we take this thread in another direction, the original thread was about comparing the f4 to nortech cig, and outerlimits. I have'nt been on any of these boats to go over them with a fine tooth comb. So I can't give a qualified answer.
How about we take all 4 boats in similar models, get the list price for each of them and then compare what actually makes one better than the other, and what you actually get for the extra money with these boats.
I'm talking about construction techniuques layups etc.
Does it really cost that much more to lay up an outerlimits as compared to the F4?? Maybe it does maybe it does'nt.
If there is someone that is good with computers maybe they could make a spread sheet so we could make comparisons on the models rather than just being cheerleaders for the brand we own.
This is well said too. I don't care what boat I've walked on, rode on, read about, talked about, blah, blah blah. They're all big hunks of fiberglass, wiring, and vinyl in the end. Not Ferrari's, Abrams tanks, FY-22 Raptor Stealth fighters or any other form of high-tech machine. I've never been "blown away" by any at the show, or after riding, as I felt i should've been prior to actually laying eyes on a certain model (based on posts or millions of articles over the years). Comparitive differences "in a reasonable sense" in size and weight, layout, sexy looks, paint, boat lines etc. yes. But not blown away by their sheer strength or ability to withstand gale force hurricanes like some on the board would elaborately attest to in their "roughest waters in the country" locations where interpretation of 3-4's varies as much as boat opinions. Still can't grasp the price of these puppies sometimes....Take a good, close look at an F-4 and please point out an area on the boat that is not on PAR with the other players listed. Miami would be a great place to do this as Sunsation will have 2, F-4's (including the one on Powerboat's cover this month) there and their booth is right next to Nor-Tech's. The three players listed did not get to where they are overnight in terms of status in the industry. Neither will Sunsation on there new products and direction. Give them a fair shake in proving their worthiness in the market they are attempting to enter.
With that said, the "human nature" aspect of it is the new kid on the block will initially be admired for being fresh and different, but after actually entering the ring of competition the skeptics start howling, the nay-sayers loyalists (doubting Thomas') begin their campaign of resistance to change or new ways. Sort of like (since cars are everyone's favorite analogy) Toyoto in it's infancy, who has now overtaken a few giants and sits at #2 in the world soon poised to be #1 in automakers regardless of the Ferrari's, Lambo's, BMW's of the world. How about we do what "Knot-4-Me" suggests and take a look at it, maybe even ride it, before all the blue eyes start screaming how the brown eyes are inferior (remember that old psychological test of children in the 1960's?).
I think the true test is not now, or next year, it's where it's at 5 to 10 years from now in terms of sales, and field exposure out on the lakes, rivers (where most of the big bad boats on here roam bullying the Regals and Bayliners, developing their bad-boy reputations) and more importantly where real offshore boats are tested, on the real "3-4-5-6 footers" i.e. saltwater. In the meantime the young punk boat is threatening to take some of the glitz away from the old school boat makes, and that's the natural progression of things. In the end they're just boats packaged really well, all of them. Inevitably they're all enjoyed by thousands of happy campers and that's the realistic bottom line.
The best way of looking at it I think, is it's another great option when looking to spend big $$ vice only having a couple of models to choose from. Of course the reality is most on here are used boat buyers in the 38 and above range, heck less than ft than that actually, very few can reach out and buy new at that size (at least of the "big three"). So a lot on here won't even be able to consider an F4 or OL, NT, new Cig etc. being built today for another 5 years when they're older at a used price, like much of the Cig owners now.
Also it always confounds me to listen to the aforementioned 32's get compared to the bigger boats more than any other boat in it's class. But i guess that's complimentary in some strange weird way.... Again it's the new kid on the block phenomena.
Now don't whup up on my comments too bad, it's just an opinion and no one specific was insulted...I don't think...
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