I bought a 19' Raider about 2 years ago. Raider's are virtually identical to the Hewes and as I understand it the guy that runs Raider worked for Hewes for some time. I compared the two boats and liked the Raider a bit better. Really all the welded boats made these days are nice and it boils down to personal preference.
If I were to buy another boat today though I would look closely at a Thunder Jet with an outboard on it in the 150HP range. I like the way the TJ looks and I also like how they sit a bit lower in the water which can be a nice feature on windy days. Whatever you get make sure it loads correctly!
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