Chris in Singapore- they moved their manufacturing over there to save money
in labor, however, all sorts of shortcuts were made, and the boats were having issues. Gunboat went to the manufacturer who promised to back up their product, but they wouldn't do it. So the owner of GB started paying for the fixes out of his own pocket in an attempt to save the company. Basically the stress and legal
battle with the Chinese manufacturer was too much, and the owner of GB decided he had had enough.
As for your apparent surprise at this comment about Chinese made goods, I guess I'm scratching my head
a bit. It's common knowledge that many, if not most Chinese manufacturers will take shortcuts whenever there is limited oversight. Another example? Check out the story of Rocna
and how the manufacturer tried to get away with using less than the specified steel