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Originally Posted by zaccio View Post
... Because here in Europe most of the sailing boat are french.
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That is not true. Bavaria and Hanse (Germany) together sell almost as many boats as the French big companies.

There are also a growing number of boats from other countries: Elan, Halberg-Rassy, Grand-Soleil, X-yachts or Arcona are just some examples of the several dozens of Shipyards that build Yachts in Europe.

Regarding your question, I would say that the main difference is about boat design. Europeans have their boats designed by the best and more innovative boat designers. The Catalinas have a much more "traditional" approach. Their boats look like 10 or 15 year old European boats (Hull design). That does not mean they are worst, it only means that the American sailors are a lot more conservative than the European sailors and therefore they make boats for that market.

European boats sell on the American Market, American boats don't sell on the European market (they have tried), not because of their quality, but because they don't fit European sailors. There is one exception, J boats (made in France) that probably sell more in Europe than in the States (that one fits European tastes ).


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