Originally Posted by foulhook
With all due respect a lifetime warranty is only as good as the company behind it. Twin vee was lifetime and probably the worst built boat in the industry. They ran awayfrom every warranty claim unless you took legal action. Also fiberglass is composite. I am fairly certain at Steiger does use wood in the cap and transom. They just tout the fiberglass stringers which I guess makes folks think they are full composite. If they were full composite I am sure it would be all over their website or at least mentioned.
The boats are far more heavy than they should be. In most cases over 1000 pounds to heavy IMO. The old theory at a heavy boat rides better is incorrect. A stiffer boat rides better. Run the 21 Steiger then the 20jb and you'll see what I mean.
Don't forget the Stiegers pedigree, it didn't only come off a drafting table and test tank. It came from a history of working Great South Bay, that meant being a stable platform to dig shellfish from, running shallow water, carrying a load, and breaking ice. Fuel was cheaper, and 150 hp was the top of the engine hp at the time. A friend ran his eel pots with a 35hp and a tiller. As far as sea keeping, my buddies would take their 21 footers out to Cartwright for the bluefin tuna run in September in the late 70's early 80's. And a number of guys would set cod tub trawls out of Fire Island Inlet in the winter with them. At the time his 21 came out he offered it as a bare hull, and alot of guys finished it off themselves. A barrell of resin was about $200.00. The old boats were known for rotting out decks and of course that rot ended up in the floors and stringers. I think it's pretty good that he offers the warranty he does and has been around for quite a while. I don't know what they cost now, or their market place. But how long has the JB been around? Is the JB the same Jones Brothers that used to make lobster boats in downeast Maine?
If I was as young as Doug, I'd find me an old hull and do the same thing he did. Those JBs are nice boats, but come with pretty good price tag as well.