As an aside - isn't it awesome that a representative associated with a manufacturer will come on here and take the time to chime in (in a positive and constructive manner) on a topic like this?
While I'd submit that the "hassle" factor of warranty work often is attributable to the local dealer, and not the manufacturer, it is good to know that a manufacturer stands behind its products. A long time ago, I purchased an XStar from the original owner. The boat was out of warranty, and I experienced a significant mechanical failure. Several of my friends had the same boat, and also had a similar issue that MC had covered for them under their original factory warranty. After explaining my situation to MC's warranty department, MC took my boat in and fixed it on its dime. This was eight years ago, but I'm still appreciative. The moral of the story, I guess, is that it's definitely a benefit to own a boat manufactured by a company that values its reputation in the warranty context.