Late to the dance, Paulo, but congrats on the new boat, she looks like a good compromise and should be a blast to sail.. pity to have to wait for June!
Thanks for that link to the racing at Antigua.. we were at the 'after party' for the Carib 600 a couple of years back in 2010.. very cool, relaxed laid back affair marred only the the fact that some boats had yet to finish.. it was a completely unexpectedly light air affair (so unexpected the committee never posted a time limit! so at least one boat was still 'racing' when they were handing out trophies...)
Based on a survey, which was attended by 93 sailboat manufacturer with a presence in North America, this report analyzes the business climate and the development of the industry.
In its 12th annual State of the Industry report, presented last week during the Miami International Boat Show, The Sailing Company outlined the industry’s challenges and opportunities in 2012.
Although there are “tough waters still ahead,” with election-year doldrums, an uncertain jobs outlook and other issues plaguing the U.S. economy, sailing participation remains strong, chartering remains strong for nurturing new buyers and consumer confidence is on the rise, the report said.
Some highlights of this year’s report include:
• Sailboat production in North America was down 3 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. The report says 6,322 boats were produced, down 170 from the year before.
• The recession has had a significant impact on sailboat builders in North America; the number of builders declined from 146 to 113 between 2005 and 2011.
• The two size segments that saw growth were boats 12 to 19 feet and 30 to 35 feet, both of which were up 11 percent.
• The largest boats were one of the hardest-hit segments; boats 46 feet and up were off 36 percent.
• Imports were up strongly, 32 percent from 2010, up to 251 units over 20 feet.
• After a poor showing in 2010, multihull imports were also up dramatically in 2011, representing 48 percent of all imports.
• Bareboat charters booked out of North American source markets were down slightly, off 6 percent, to 17,869 weeks. The overall decline came from the winter season and Caribbean destinations; the summer season and North American destinations fared better.
• Twenty percent of the sailboats built in North America in 2011 were for export.
• Sailboat builders are optimistic about 2012, predicting 14 percent growth, mostly in the 20- to 35-foot category.
For the ones that are sailing in Europe some news, mostly bad:
If you put diesel in UK or Gibraltar pay attention, they use for boats inexpensive red diesel (less taxed and much less expensive than car diesel) and what was a good news can turn in a nightmare because from April the 1st their use will only be legal inside the 12Nm UK waters. The fines will be heavy and I bet national coast guards will be checking on that because everybody in EC is pissed with that British exception to the EC law, I mean cheap diesel for pleasure and not only for working, as in any other EC countries.
In Italy, also bad news, with all the pleasure boats over 10m sailing in Italian waters paying a daily tax. Well not really sailing because if you don't stop you don't pay, but if you stay the night on anchor or go to a marina, you pay.
The boats on the hard don't pay.
The taxes are:
It seems not much but if you are going to pass some time in Italy, it is going to hurt, not to mention leaving the boat there. It makes the Croatia tax look insignificant.
I'm not sure, if this boat has been posted yet...?
Gunfleet 43, was exhibited at the Southhampton Boatshow, a new venture for Richard Mathews (founder of Oyster Yachts), and designed by Tony Castro.
I find the design quite innovative, and not a repetition of features on other "new" designs, from the deck layout, helm (why hasn't anyone else thought of this?), and interior design. Also notable are the many opening portholes and hatches for good ventilation below, which so many new designs lack. Sail handling looks like the boat would be easy to single hand as well.
The Mathews/ Castro combo should also assure good sailing performance, can't wait for a review..... 13m Gunfleet 43 | Tony Castro Yacht Design
Some more information on the Gunfleet 43: Great interior, ugly boat, in my opinion. What a waste, it would be easy to make this a very nice boat.
HMS Mosquidobit (sometimes Musquedobet or Musquidobit) was the Chesapeake-built six-gun schooner Lynx that the British Royal Navy captured and took into service in 1813. She was sold into commercial service in 1820 and nothing is known of her subsequent fate.
In what regards sailing movies the Lynx win hands down, in what regards historical naval battles, le Renard wins easely, what about a race to have a tie
The Renard (Fox) was a boat armed by one of the most famous French corsair, Robert Surcouf. Under the command of captain Leroux-Desrochettes la Renard with a 46 crew fought and destroyed the much bigger Btitish navy boat Alphea with a crew of 80.
The battle was terrible and in September 9, 1813, in the dead of night, they fought for 4 hours till Alphea got blown out of the water by an explosion.
The Renard returned to Saint Malo sailed by the only 6 crew that were not dead or seriously wounded. They lost more than half of its crew, including the Captain.
I have already talked here about the RM 1350, the boat that the Italian "Giornalle de la Vela" considered the best performance cruiser in its class and that comparing with all the best boats in its class, including some great Italian ones like the Comet 45 or Grand Soleil 46.
Best performance cruiser means not necessarily the fastest but this boat is certainly fast, the most adapted for extensive cruising and by far the best to live aboard. One of the best I would say and since many here are thinking about that i will post again with some new information.
A video from a boat test sail made by " Seilas" magazine and a good diaporama: