This is pure hearsay, but the story goes that Epic had problems--quality issues--with boats (some?) made in South Africa. I don't know the specifics. If it were me, I would want to look closely at the particular boat and see for myself that it was structurally sound and true. But then, I'd want to do that with any boat I might think of buying. I had my 16X out yesterday, and again reveled in what I call the "glide" of my Epic--it just goes!