....composites.......I've heard lots of folks say that the US made Tempests were well made but that was not my experience. In fact, my Chinese Z exhibited much greater attention to detail and better lay-up. My T-170 Pro was US made in April 2008. When I got it it leaked horribly. I'm talking disgustingly horrible. The skeg box leaked in a crazy fashion and the day hatch and front hatch were very wet.
Poorly finished hatch ring mold flashings contributed to leaks in all hatches. It was like nobody thought to knock them down. Those were easy but made me think.
All hatches had deck hardware mounted with the incorrect size rubber coated washers. Not every washer was the wrong size so some leaked and some didn't. Those were easy, too. Just had to find them. Soapy water and a cheap pump for a rubber raft was all that was needed.
The skeg cable housing was poorly sealed where it passes through the rear bulkheads. The cheap pump found those also and it just took the correct sealant and a bit of time to fix them.
Finally, the person or persons who layed it up didn't do a decent job of saturating the cloth in the skeg box so it leaked too. Having built a couple of boats I was comfotable fixing that.
After jumping through all of that I ended up with a very dry Tempest Pro that I have used to explore the western Canadian coast from Prince Rupert to the Brooks Peninsula. It is a good boat now but I cringe whenever I hear someone say that the US built composites were so fine. That wasn't my experience.
A WS insider told me once that they lost money on every Pro that they sold and that the RM market subsidized the composite boats. If that's the case I suspect that they were hiring some staff that may not have been A-listers. Mine was built by "Jasmine and Jayce". I suspect that they were the assemblers who couldn't tell the difference in washer sizes and not the fiberglassers (is that a word?).
At any rate my Tempest Pro is awesome now but was not well-built by American labor when I got it.
Hey, landsharc! It's white on white!
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