A Mason is generally very ,,and i mean VERY high quality built boat. they are a refreshing design and their quality will catch your eye if you simply walk past one..
They are VERY well built boats . their design and in most cases ,their build is second to none.
thing about sailboats in this category[meaning not day sailers or other suspect boats] is this:
We are now looking at a boat ,designed by Al mason.
then we have the other factor :Who actually did the construction?
This is a factor I have wondered about for a few decades and the answer is. It doesn't matter if you have the finest yacht designer
.architect design your boat..the real answer after that is : Who Built her ? which boat yard actually received the commission to build her?
You can find a wondrful boat,designed by German freiers [sic] but if she was built by a yard notoritious for building junk,that yard would not get a license
to build another one.
luckily,the mason boats never ran into this problem. All the Boats designed by Al were built at the very best shops..
So.the question that really is at hand is this :what is the reputation of a Mason designed boat and have they held their value?
the answer is this. Mason boats are simply lovely,,,If you walk past one,if you sail past one, you will ALWAYS look and think " what a lovely yacht ,I wonder who built her"?
Your real thought should be "what a lovely boat,,i wonder who her designer/architect was/is....
Every Mason boat I have had the privelage to see/stand upon has been simply a gracious yacht...that man understood stuff !!!
i think if we go back to the initial post ,the question about the build quality of mason yachts, the answer can be found here:
Al Mason designed very beautiful boats,very sturdy boats.Is it possible that one builder
or perhaps maybe 2 got ahold of her build plans who should not have ? sure ,thats possible.
More than likely ,should you come across a mason in dire straights, the odds are up near the 99.9% that boat was built right ,built strong and safe, but ,at some time during her life ,she was not maintained properly..thats it..nothing else.
In my response to "wilmington piper" i said "please take a look at your post,cause if you have a 48 foot Mason,selling for $4,500.00 , please tell me where to send my check ..If she is still afloat, i would most likely send a check,sight unseen for $45,000.00 for a 48"ketch.. Son,,,, You have a chance to buy a MASON ,you best be taking a LOOOONNNG hard look.if you don't ,you'll kick yourself in the @$$ soon. Mr Mason was a credit to the yacht world.