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Old 12-04-2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of an All Welded 21' Aluminum Hull

... I wonder if anyone in the US has purchased ANY of the Alibaba (Chinese) offered boats.

https://www.alibaba.com/product-deta...1577650454JG8e
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Old 12-05-2019, 03:59 PM   #2
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I’m no help but, I’m interested in this as well.
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:56 AM   #3
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I posted this halfheartedly.

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I’m no help but, I’m interested in this as well.
I am not in the market for any boat.
The ad keeps popping up and I am curious as to the build quality.
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Old 12-08-2019, 10:40 AM   #4
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I lived in China for over 10 years, and I have imported quite a bit of "stuff" using Alibaba to source suppliers.

1) Alibaba is a B to B site, looking for wholesale customers. They want to sell container loads of boats, not one by one. If you want to see the price (and availability) of a single boat, look at Aliexpress.com. It's Alibaba's equivalent to Amazon's marketplace.

2) The price you see on Alibaba is just the starting point for negotiation. (Aliexpress has actual, firm pricing). The price may not reflect the boat shown. In fact, they may never have even built the boat shown. It may be a photo of a boat built in their town by a different company who made some money, and the vendor on Alibaba is just running the idea up the flagpole to see if they can cash in.

3) I visited several Chinese factories who made aluminum boats and their pricing was pretty atrocious, especially if you add freight. You may be able to find a good deal from some vendors, but it's a roll of the dice whether you'll get anything you can actually use- and your final cost with shipping, duties, customs documents, etc...

I'm not saying don't go for it. But I gave up trying to find a source from China. That said, I was just kicking tires when looking for aluminum boats.
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