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Old 18 February 2010, 17:03   #21
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Originally Posted by Downhilldai View Post
I bought a new Northcraft around 15 years ago and John, the owner, couldn't have been more helpful. I've spoken with him more recently and I didn't get the impression that things are any different now. They cater more for the commercial, rather than leisure user, but will build a RIB to the customer's spec. Mine had an under deck locker for water skis and Trickdog on here had one built recently with 2-tone toobs. It's a small company and maybe when times are busy, they don't have the capacity to increase production rates and prefer not to stack up orders.
Yeah,but adding bells and whistles didn't detract from the fact that the boat had fairly shite sea-keeping capablities.

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Old 18 February 2010, 17:17   #22
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Originally Posted by Polwart View Post
We only have Muz's version of events. There was a dealer involved there too (and its technically his responsibility to Northcrafts) and the transom did get repaired in the end; albeit that Muz still wasn't happy.

But the point is - this was Murray's 3rd Northcraft so he had 2 boats he was happy with first. I spoke to a Northcraft owner at the weekend who was perfectly happy with his boat.
Its a public Forum Polwart... so either party were free to post if they wanted to.. the fact they didnt suggests, they had no argument !

For the record .. I stated that atleast FYM did something ! .. Northcraft did NOTHING ! .. and buried their heads in the sand leaving the dealer high and dry & the customer too, and that was very bad for such a serious fault

The other Northcrafts I had worked oK .. but the tubes were rubbish on all of them compared to my last Valliant boat also supplied by FYM .. what a difference .. the tubes never had air pumped into them in 2 years , where as the Northcraft needed air every 2 weeks, if not 2 Days


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Old 18 February 2010, 18:42   #23
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Originally Posted by Mollers View Post
Yeah,but adding bells and whistles didn't detract from the fact that the boat had fairly shite sea-keeping capablities.
Compared to your old 6.5m Vipermax, I agree, it was in a different league, but in comparison with other RIBs of the same size (5.3m) from its era, it was alright.

As the hull was shuttered down from the mould for the 6.3m RIB, it had a disproportionately wide beam (2.4m) for its length, so was always going to be a bit 'wobbly', but on the upside, it had a lot of deck space, which I found handy. It could have done with more volume in the bow for ruff seas though.

I understand the hull design has been developed since then, with a further raised bow, although I've never been on board one of these newer boats.
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Old 19 February 2010, 01:15   #24
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I will have a good tale to tell in a few months after the court case, regarding transoms and engines, on a brand new boat, watch this space !!!
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Old 19 February 2010, 13:42   #25
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I have heard a whiff of that story. A pair of engines falling of that boat and everyone is pointing the finger!

I look forward to your story Trell, maybe they will become the new "Northcraft" of this site.

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Old 19 February 2010, 13:55   #26
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Originally Posted by Bigmuz7 View Post
For the record .. I stated that at least FYM did something
Do I understand correctly, that in this case, FYM were not shite?

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