While in Pasco, WA this past summer visiting family, we shopped for a small boat for the nephew. We came across the Raider boat line at a local dealership. The salesman said the same thing about the Raider boats being built by a group of disgruntled Hewes Craft employees. He told me that the only real difference between the two lines was a difference in the transom set up, which was apparent when I looked at them. The dash was also set up a little differently, but the hulls appeared just the same. They appeared very well built. I did notice that the one that is equilvilant to the 17'9" Sea Runner (Osprey?)was having some paint/decal problems and they were peeling off at the tip of the bow. It also appeared the top material that was being used was not as high quality as the material used by Hewes Craft.
We did not price them out and all the ones on this dealers lot were without motors. SD