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Old 25 April 2015, 01:47   #1
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Does anyone have a Northwind?

What is the quality level of these boats?
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Old 25 April 2015, 02:27   #2
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I am sure festing house has got one. Drop him a PM as he is very helpful
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Old 25 April 2015, 03:08   #3
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i am very helpful gareth!, but mine is a tornado - named northwind challenger
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My 34' Northwind rides like a 50 footer...best small boat that I've ever ridden in bad weather.

Bruce & his crew built some quality boats that will last for decades...
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thanks capntroy for the info that was quite helpful,

Were the hull and tubes manufactured in the US?
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Old 26 April 2015, 19:16   #6
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thanks capntroy for the info that was quite helpful,

Were the hull and tubes manufactured in the US?
Yes, the boat was built at Northwind's shop in Seattle and the tubes were polyurethane, made by Wing Inflatables in California...
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[Momentary] Thread hijack: Troy, how are the Wing tubes holding up? Any problems with them?


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Old 27 April 2015, 16:31   #8
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[Momentary] Thread hijack: Troy, how are the Wing tubes holding up? Any problems with them?
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No problems ever...they're the only set of tubes on any of my boats that I haven't torn...the boat is on the second set of tubes now, we replaced the first set after 12 years due to sun fading, but they were still going strong...
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^^^^that was my next question, how long do wing tubes generally last before needing to be replaced?
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^^^^that was my next question, how long do wing tubes generally last before needing to be replaced?
After 12 years of rough use, the Wing tubes on the Northwind had many years of use left in them, they were replaced because of sun fading.

The Wing tubes on my 28' HBI are 11 years old now and still look great because that boat has a cover...
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