Originally Posted by Polwart
have you actually ever seen, inspected, driven a Lencraft?
I have. When the company was still in business I felt that it would be unwise to speak freely about them. All my experiences with Lencraft were before I knew anything about Redbay (I'd only seen
one very old Redbay).
Before I continue, let me say that if Tomkat has a basic baby Lennie that looks to be in OK shape then good for him. They handle well enough and at 4.5m he's not headed to St. Kilda in it (I hope). So, he should be fine.
Moving on to the bigger picture, the general feeling in the rib using community here was that Lennies were cheap and sometimes cheerful - dive boat territory. The hulls were lightly laid up and gave a good turn of speed. Finish was generally very poor and the few I've looked at showed their age very quickly. AFAIK, they made tubes for a while and having walked the Lennie workshop, I'd be worried about that.
My main issue with Lencraft came to light when I drove 250 miles clutching a wad of cash to eyeball two used boats in their yard. It became immediately clear that the guys where unburdened by either a basic concept of the truth or any appreciable amount of scruples. I was shocked. I thanked them for their time and returned the 250 miles home. Make tubes? I wouldn't have trusted them to make balloon animals at a kids party!
I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2012. Sometime during it, Gotchi turns 18. I look forward to working closely with him...
Maybe Gotchdad will buy him a Trade Membership
Originally Posted by gotchiguy
I look forward to working with the new ownership very much and I'm keen to see what they are planning not only in terms of a demo boat but also plans for the future of the brand.