Sounds like some nice guys.He's right, Statement Marine. They have REALLY hit the poker run circuit hard this year. Im not sure of ANY big run they havent made a showing at.
I mean, hell, they brought their TURBINE cat to our lake (Grand Lake, Oklahoma) this year. I got to spend sometime visiting with them and talking about their boats. They are some of the most approachable and easy-to-talk-to guys youve ever met.
Look at it like this, if someone were to walk up to Reggie Fountain and start asking the whole "how fast and how much" questions, he would talk to the first 2 or 3 non-buyers and walk away.. But these guys will stick around and answer every question that every 9 year old kid can come up with and will let them walk all over the boat and actually sit in the seats..
Great marketing, great product and very VERY innovative engineering. Take a look at their engine hatch hinges if you wanna see "state of the art" design...
Not to mention the fact that they are the only manufacturer that has attempted an air-ride cockpit. Its been a big selling point for them. A lot of the guys who run these boats (at the level it costs to build one!) are starting to get some age behind them, and after a lifetime of back injuries from runnin hard in big water, an air-ride cockpit has bigtime benefits for them..
So far statement hasnt entered a boat that would be a direct competitor to the MTI. Theyve only made one cat and theyre still workin all the quirks out of it.. Itll be right on par with the MTI, but still yet to be proven int he really rough offshore races...Sounds like some nice guys.
How would you compare Statement vs. MTI?
Agreed. I never talked to the guys but I did see one of the boats at the St. Pete Grand Prix last year. It was the most beautiful, best sounding, and fastest boats I have ever seen. It was the kind of boat that you could pull up to any marina in the world and turn heads.I love the Statement marine boats. I mean credit where its due... (and I can't say I know much about the offshore boats) but its seems like they are one of the few thats making actually innovation in design and production of boats these days. The air ride concept is flat out awesome and I gotta believe that makes a BIG difference in the rough stuff.
And it sounds like their great guys to boot. Props to them!