Join Date: Jan 25,2004
Location: The Great Pacific Northwest
I think that the "American Made" Sun Runner boats were made at a factory in Spokane, Washington. There is a Company from down-under that also uses the Sunrunner name, but they are different boats altogether.
The Sun Runner was a patented, deep-V, high freeboard, designed hull, that was (I have heard) very sea-friendly, and produced a nice, dry ride. The actual design of their hulls was patented, and I have not seen another like it--since. Some folks think that they used a Wellcraft-designed hull, but I don't think so.
It is also my understanding that the boat came with an unlimited warranty on the hull itself--and it is or was the strongest 'glas powerboat hull ever mass produced.
I am very much interested in buying an 18 to 20 foot Sun Runner and will have one someday. Almost all were IO with
either Volvo/Penta outdrives or Merc outdrives AND were powered by small block Chevy V-8s. I am an old-school hotrodder that can make a small-block sing. But I know very little about the Fords that came in the (for instance) Bayliners, etc.
I also understand the the Sun Runner folks fell upon hard times and that the boats just became too expensive to produce and make a profit. I know nothing of any legal action that may have been a factor in their demise. I have heard that the "Luxury Tax" on boats did them in....
Last edited by steady eddie; 01-26-2004 at 08:40 AM.