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Yachts International - - Engage - Ad­ver­tis­inG

Iread with in­ter­est Kenny Wooton’s edi­to­rial on cus­tom vs. semi-cus­tom builds [Septem­ber/Oc­to­ber 2015]. For sev­eral years, I had been think­ing of build­ing a cus­tom sport­fish boat in the 80-foot range. I wanted plush cruis­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions with off­shore fish­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. At the same time, I was very par­tic­u­lar with the GA and de­sired a mas­ter state­room with his-and-her heads, spa­cious clos­ets, all the lat­est elec­tron­ics and a par­tic­u­lar Penn­syl­va­nia cherry wood through­out.

Imag­ine my sur­prise when Vik­ing Yachts agreed to build a semi­cus­tom 82 for me, with all my re­quire­ments. I even picked out the tree the in­te­rior came from, sorted flitches and got the grain ex­actly where I wanted it on each cab­i­net. She de­liv­ered this sum­mer as a 2016 model—on time (14 months), on bud­get and with a proven hull. Some­times it pays to talk to the pro­duc­tion guys; some of them may stretch their com­fort zone to pro­duce some­thing like my Un­teth­ered. —David Reis

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