Yeah you read it right. Some crazy guy from Ohio decided he couldn't live without a new boat (imagine that).
What made it even worse,once my wife found out you could be in a boat and not be cold wet or scared,she encouraged
the idea. I had looked at both aluminum and fiberglass boats, more fiberglass than aluminum. I got a lot of funny looks
when I asked about welded aluminum boats at the shows in Ohio and Michigan. Once in a while I got to see a patrol
boat or other government boat, built like a brick _ _ _ _ house. After 6 months of web searches and traveling over 3
mid-west states to see boats and attend boat shows I finally saw a few. How to see more?? Go to where they build
them. Seattle boat show, here we come. I knew the names of most of the major builders that I wanted to look at.
Thanks to the web,and this site in particular, I found a couple of smaller builders to look at also. Cudo's to "Gundog"
and "bcriverhunter" for their posts on this site about their Wooldridge Pilothouse builds. Talked to lots of sales people
and a few actual builders,got a bad case of mass confusion/ sticker shock. I visited the Wooldridge plant
met Glen & Grant and found them very informative and easy to work with. Fast forward 5 months,and back to Seattle,
decide between two boats 1 glass, 1 aluminum. I had the opportunity to talk with two current Wooldridge owners at the
factory (they very happy with Wooldridge). Glass lost, aluminum won,based mostly on the confidence of dealing with
Glen & Grant Wooldridge. Oh yeah,they also build a very nice boat.
Now if I can figure out how to post boat pics,I will show her to you.