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Post by jellyghost » 25 Aug 2018, 23:10

Is there one brand of tin boat that is the most iconic or has the most loyal following? I am looking to buy my first boat, and I have been surprised by the number of brands, and how it seems to be a model by model decision. Do you have an opnion about the best brand or tier 1 brands? Thanks!

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Post by uttexas » 26 Aug 2018, 06:01

Agree, Lund is the most widely available high quality brand that most know about

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Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 26 Aug 2018, 07:32

Starcraft would be pretty iconic. Depends if you’re talking v-hull or jon boat.

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Post by DaleH » 26 Aug 2018, 08:13

Nationally I was going to suggest Lund and Starcraft, but I bet there are regional pockets too, like Duranautics are very popular up here in the salt.
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Post by LDUBS » 26 Aug 2018, 12:50

X2 on the regional favorites. Out here North River have become very popular larger high end boats. Klamath is common for open small utility to larger CC and windshield boats. In the good old days when larger tin boats were not that common, it was Valco for aluminum boats around here.
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Post by GYPSY400 » 26 Aug 2018, 21:28

Probably the most sought after boat in regards to quality overall in North America.
Crestliner also comes to mind.

Up here in Canada Naden boats are very well built and your hard pressed to find one for sale for cheap.

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Post by muskiemike12 » 26 Aug 2018, 22:31

Lund and Crestliner will also hold a much better resale value.

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Post by MrGiggles » 26 Aug 2018, 22:31

Lund, and Alumacraft being a close second. Depreciation is always the lowest on those.

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Post by clarkbre » 27 Aug 2018, 00:25

Agree with all the Lund responses.

In the Pacific Northwest, Alaskan or Smokercraft are really nice boats as well.
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Post by jethro » 27 Aug 2018, 08:35

Yup, Lund here in the Northeast for sure. If my 21' Sylvan was a Lund instead I would have paid 20% more for it no doubt.
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Post by ppine » 28 Aug 2018, 00:26

In the Northwest the list looks somewhat different, North River, Wooldridge, Duckworth, Willie, Thunder Jet, Bolton, Hewes and many others.
Any of these welded boats can run circles around Lunds or Crestliners.
Some boats are popular because they are cheaply made. That does not make them iconic.
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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 28 Aug 2018, 08:52

In northern Illinois it's "Montgomery Wards Sea King". :lol: :roll:
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Post by eshaw » 28 Aug 2018, 09:25

Alweld is a very good brand and has been around a while. If looking for a factory "taylor made" boat that you can order with just about anything you'd like this would be my first choice in a versatile tin boat. They're rugged and you can get just about anything you want. Sea Ark is another iconic brand that is built for the long haul but pricey.

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Post by bcbouy » 28 Aug 2018, 19:50

princecraft,lowe and lund are the most popular utility car toppers around my area.lunds are overpriced here and are nowhere near as nice as a princecraft in mho. they look chunky and dumpy and not very sleek at all.i did alot of research and looked at every brand i could find when looking for my new boat and surprisingly,lund was way down the list for what you get for your money,width and storage wise,if you're talking trailered fishing boats.the drivers seat pedestal isn't even centered to the steering's off to the left in the middle of the boat :shock:still see alot of the older ones around but i think they're pricing themselves out of the market and the more affordable ones are taking over,like lowe, legend and tracker and more and more g3's.thats just the lake boats.if you want to get into river jets,that's a whole other story.we do a crap ton of that around here and they're huge bizness in british columbia.we have dozens of world class salmon/steelhead rivers best accessed by a jet..
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