What a decision you have to make, I will tell you this Bankes builds a wonderful boat and that I now own TDB along with all the AA molds.
Idaho Mike, is a little off on his claims with the quality of the TDB boats built in KY and Michigan, There problems had nothing to do with inferior products as they used the exact same materials in respect to gelcoat, resin and glass as did Christian. The problem was that Christian built all the boats using wood and built them RIGHT! so the wood held up for many years and the boats were strong. The new owners cheated a little and the boats flexed slightly more which caused the gel coat issues.
Okay enough of that.
We will build them right cutting no corners and I assure you they will be 30 year boats. Where wood was once considered the backbone to a boat build today we have superior composite materials instead. A prime example of these materials is the product we will use for our Transoms. Its called Coosa Bluewater 26. You can read about it at this link.http://www.coosacomposites.com/bluewater.htm
And as always the TDB lineup created by Christian and the Clark Brothers have set the standard high and no one yet has been able to provide a duck boat like them with the System they use for the floatation in the boats. Why do you think the TDB boats are NOT full of rot and waterlogged foam? Simply because the design is right and the system works. TDB is a proven design with over 30 years on the market and NO other comparible duck boat has even come close to that amount of time on the water to prove themselves just yet. Bankes I am sure will be right there with TDB at accomplishing that extremely valuable measure in the duck boat business in another 10 years.
Many have tried to duplicate and steal the TDB market with copies along the way and have failed doing so.
Bankes make wonderful boats and I feel confident that TDB will be right back at the top of the list of the BEST duck boats on the market again real soon. And will produce an even better finished product than before simply because we are eliminating the wood completely and using composites designed for these areas.
As someone else stated we are taking a little longer than we had expected to get the boats back into production and that is because we won't sell an inferior product. A few changes need made and the layup schedules must be perfect as well.
Good luck in your decision and if you want to talk about TDB please give me a call anytime. I know a few guys who are running them daily including the newer KY build models and they are still performing just as well today as they did the day they were built.