Posted by: holmes375 on Sep-04-12 11:19 AM (EST)
"But there is serious garbage coming out of Confluence these days, leaky hatches, blown bulkheads."
Two Tempests, one Zephyr and an Alchemy all arrived with issues that required attention before the boats could be considered sea worthy. My Nordkapp puts 'em to shame with respect to the quality of the components as well as the attention paid to proper assembly.
Many manufacturers have had a spell of troubles here and there. Sweeping generalisations claiming superiority of one country of manufacture over another seldom reflect reality and are certainly subject to change.