tommy monza you're right about NC boys, we leave our boat in Wanchese for the spring and fall at Gwaltney old shop by Spencer and Holton. I'm amazed how they build a boat!
I'm tending to agree the boat stuffed, I fish alongside the charter guys from OI, stay at couples houses sometimes, pretty freindly with some. They run their boat easy and when it's a little snotty going out there they back them down allot!
I understand their charter boats and all the reasons but maybe these boats are just getting too fast and the captains still think they do 19 knots!
My old 52' Hat was a great boat, came off a wave so hard one time bent both tower legs, the boat was 6 months old. Pipewelders did it underwarranty and replaced both legs with larger ones and that boat ran 23-24 kts flat out! They had never seem such a bend before - maybe you're all right too light, too fast and captain thinking it's like an old slow 54' Bertram that was shown in the ads years ago!!!