my name is Alessandro Suardi and I work in XXXXXXXXXXXX as a product manager.
This post is to ask you which are the best qualities required to a boat to be a bestseller blue water cruiser.
What are you ideas? Looking forward reading them!
Always trade winds!
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Long keel, attached rudder (don't trust new ideas like spade rudders) heavy, and preferably 30+ years old to fit the budget.
Unfortunately there is more truth to the above than you would imagine. There is a recent thread on Sailnet where some boast about the blistering speed of the Westsail 32, a design as modern as some will tolerate.
But seriously, the keel on the Walkabout looks more vulnerable than any I have ever seen.
It is advanced in some ways - design, laminations - but archaic in using plywood in way of fastenings as many builders did decades ago - and shouldn't have.
Not the type of boat that sells in the North American market.
In the European market I think RM (plywood epoxy - twin keels to please the above poster
- and Pogo (Pogo 12.50 elected European performance sailboat of 2012) show this type of boat has a market. But I would much sooner have a keel as in the Pogo than the line catcher on the Walkabout.