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Re: European boat of the year: Saphire 27

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The Django 6.70 was a remake of a previous boat (new hull) and a boat more limited on the program and sailing potential. The Saphire 27 just blew their minds with the performance in light wind. Look at the video of the boat testing and you will see the boat outsailing everything, including the bigger performance cruisers. The poor finish regards the interior and it is not particular to this boat but common on boats pointing more towards absolute performance.

This type of boats, narrow with a very high B/D ratio are more expensive to build than beamier boats with a lesser B/D ratio. The efforts on the hull due to the ballast are bigger and the hull has to be stronger. The boat also includes a carbon mast top rigging and good sails and all that is very expensive.

I believe the testers new what they were talking about when they made those remarks about the boat having a good price. There is nothing more expensive than top performance

Multitalent Saphire 27 im Test - Yacht TV - Segel Videos von Europas größtem Yacht Magazin
It would be interesting to see a performance comparison between the Saphire 27 and the J/88, as the boats are less dissimilar than the Saphire 27 and Seascape 27. While the J/88 is a slightly bigger boat, both designs appear optimized for all-around conditions. I don't have time right now to compare the numbers, but I bring it up primarily because the price for a J/88 is quite a bit higher than the Saphire 27, and it doesn't have a lifting keel, making transport and storage more of a hassle.

I suppose we just need to get used to the fact that the price of high performance boats will continue to rise, just like everything else (except most peoples' salaries, which in the U.S. continue to shrink). In the EU, one must deal with VAT, as well, which makes things even more challenging.

One alternative is to shift construction to China and other low-cost countries. But then, I think it is very important to maintain a yacht building industry in Europe (and the U.S., of course). And building quality boats requires a great deal of skill. And people with such skills ought be compensated properly, in my opinion (with all due respect to skilled boat builders in China and Taiwan).
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