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post #1 of 32
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Whats your guys input on these boats?I seen a nice 18.5 w a 125 on it boat was loaded and real clean on G/L for a good deal,Must of been sold cause i cant find it anymore.
post #2 of 32
Don't know anything about the long term quality - but I've always loved the layouts.
post #3 of 32
I have a stiegercraft 21 PH that I use in Buzzards Bay It's a 1989. Still in great shape . Has a 1989 evinrude 140. It's a great little boat, made well. It draws about 10 inches of water? Its not the deep vee.
post #4 of 32
I rebuilt a 1985 18 last summer- stringers, deck, etc. They are great bay boats with wide gunnels. They were built with baymen in mind so low tunnel height as well. Very sharp entry for chop. So when trimmed right they can handle a lot.
Ccb- Has that 89 ever had a new deck? If you ever want to see what the guts look like send me a pm
post #5 of 32
I have a 21' canter console and its a great little boat> shallow draft, 100% glass stringer, lifetime warranty. open and basic lay out, light and easily trailered.[ Love this boat,


post #6 of 32
Nice boat LInsominac icon14.gif
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I havin had to do anything yet? Knock on wood. Still solid. My 21 has a Pilot house. My friend -has a Eastern,but doesn't like it. He had a C-Hawk and liked it better. You can e-mail the pictures. I would love to see them or post them. I bet a lot of guys would love to see them. Thanks
post #8 of 32

good looking boat LInsominac

post #9 of 32
Life time warranty on anything after 1995. Transferable I believe. I don't know of any fiberglass boat with a lifetime warranty. No wood, no composite, just all glass. I little heavy for its size, but with a four stroke. You can't go wrong.

Wish I owned one.

Dom
post #10 of 32
My pliot house isn't the best looking boat .but it is a good boat for it's size I love it ,for this time of the year.
post #11 of 32
I missed the request for pix. These are a few before and after. The whole thing began with opening up a little soft spot. It was a fun (sorta) winter project. The original construction was interesting with cross members tied together with a strong back. I stuck with it. Making the templates was the biggest PIA of the whole job, but it worked out. I called Al Steiger to see if I could get some of the templates but he said he didn't have them but he sure wanted to sell me a new boat. I love these old bay designs-they have really wide gunnels (baymen used them quite a bit), sharp entry that flattens out so they are super easy to get up on a bar and draw almost nothing. Trim tabs are an absolute must for running any chop, which eats up if trimmed right.
I wanted to keep the boat simple so I kept the tank above the deck and then built some forward seating with a swing up lid to cover the poly tank. Lot's of fishing room. Fish all day on 4-5 gallons with the little 90 etec.

post #12 of 32
Nice job Doug. What's the other boat in the driveway?
post #13 of 32
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Originally Posted by Dominic Iadicicco View Post

Life time warranty on anything after 1995. Transferable I believe. I don't know of any fiberglass boat with a lifetime warranty. No wood, no composite, just all glass. I little heavy for its size, but with a four stroke. You can't go wrong.
Wish I owned one.
Dom

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.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by foulhook View Post

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.
post #15 of 32
Different strokes.
Whole thing with pourable foam was prob. Around $2600 by the time I was done for materials. She's very solid now and has lost a decent amount of waterlogged weight. I used 4lb foam to stiffen her up.
The other one Pete is my baby- 75 seacraft- she spends most of the fall waiting for me in my buddy's driveway in M. Lots of sweat equity in that one too.
Open invite on either brother. I know you said you are getting your hip done, so not sure how your fall looks.
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