Need Help - Black Marlin 23

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Need Help - Black Marlin 23

Post by admin » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:02 am

Posted on behalf of member. we need to identify this boat. I have never seen a Shetland like it.
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Re: Need Help - Black Marlin 23

Post by dellquay13 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:46 am


There is a remarkably similar boat listed here as a Black Marlin made by Forge Marine; ... oat_id=230

Shetland have been known to buy in mouldings by other boat makers at various times (there is an Australian moulded bow-rider ski boat at Neyland Yacht haven called a Shetland 485), maybe this is another one they had a go with?
Making a new moulding for a new model must be expensive, if you don't know how many will sell. Buying in a couple of hulls to simply fit out to test the market for new models is probably common practise in the industry.

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Re: Need Help - Black Marlin 23

Post by vreagh » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:56 am

The listing I have found indicate "designed by Shetland Boats, builder Forge Marine". All date them 1990 - 1995. I think the date on the plate refers to when the Queen's Award was granted. Also the design looks later than style of the 1970's . I think Forge Marine are still in business so might be worth an enquiry

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