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Capt_Tidy posted 08-30-2002 08:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for Capt_Tidy   Send Email to Capt_Tidy  
Has anyone dealt with these guys or stood on their product. It looks good on paper (especially the transom door option)... maybe a little $$$


Contender25 posted 08-30-2002 11:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
SeaMark, the company, is owned and the Bracket was designed by Bill Potter. Bill Potter was the owner of SeaCraft boats from 1969 to 1979 the SeaCraft boats he built are highly desirable for the sole reason he built them. The bracket is top notch. The unit weighs less and is more bouyant than comparable Aluminum brackets also you will never have to worry about corrosion like Aluminum. Some may say corosion is not an issue with all Aluminum Bracket but I disagree, I have seen countless brackets 7 plus years old that are in dire need of refinishing. In order to do this properly one must remove the bracket off of the boat. Not an easy or cheap job as the engines and all rigging must be removed along with refinishing and respraying. A good friend of mine just went through thhis with a 1989 Intrepid 26 and it was cheaper in the long run to purchase a new bracket, he wound up selling the boat. The initial price of the SeaMark bracket may be higher than Aluminum but long term it is a far superior product, much like a Boston Whaler is to other boats.

Hermco, is another top notch outfit. Don Herman the owner was the Co-Founder of Contender Boats with Joe Neber in the early eighties(thats a whole different story). Don now specializes in re-rigging and upgrading/restoring boats.

Great product and great people.

Good luck

Capt_Tidy posted 09-03-2002 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
I recieved some info in the mail from HermCo... of interest was a survey by BoatU.S. about why boats sink on open water based on 50 insurance claims

30%waves over the gunwales

Capt_Tidy posted 09-03-2002 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
Oops... the tabs button got me...

18%leaks at thru-hull
12% leaks in cooling system
12% drain plug missing
10% navigation error
6% boat construction
4% leaks in outdrive boot
4% struck submerged object
4% other

Pretty much makes a Whaler a good insurance risk.


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