Originally Posted by jackdale
One reason that we may not be seeing many double-enders and vessels of a similar ilk is that very few sailors actually go off-shore. I read an interview with a Hunter rep who put the number at 3%. "The demands of the market" would definitely favour lighter, roomier boats with large easily accessible cockpits.
That's true, of course, but what I'm referring to is the ever-dwindling percentage of double-enders being sailed by people who actually ARE crossing oceans today... The ARC, for example, attracts well over 200 boats each year, and might be considered illustrative of the sort of boats many people are choosing to sail across an ocean these days... Now, I'm unfamiliar with some of the names or brands on this list, but of the entries listed so far for the 2013 edition of the ARC, not a SINGLE ONE jumps out at me as being a double-ender:
World Cruising Club - ARC Entries
Perhaps we need to start classifying multihulls as "double-enders", in order to get their numbers back up? :-)