Traditional boats: 1933, Scottish lugsailed fishing boat
"Nick Gates found her as a wreck and spent ten years rebuilding her".
Congratulations to him for having done a fantastic job saving a living memory and a beautiful boat. I would say that I share this compulsion of “saving” beautiful old boats and I have already done my share in the past recovering a beautiful Portuguese Canoa, also from the 30’s but whose design (like the one on this boat) is centuries old.
For the ones that like traditional boats and want a replica, that is another way of saving memories and having a beautiful boat, the Portuguese Naval Museum has complete plans of many beautiful traditional boats that will sell for the price of the paper, to help to maintain those memories living.
The confirmation of what I have posted some time ago : Delphia is the new owner of Maxi yachts:
"Now we are very pleased to inform You that we have been able to acquire Maxi Yachts
Delphia Yachts is the new owner of Maxi Yachts International AB now. We believe that with our modern production facility and with long experience in building yachts and motorboats we will hold Maxi boats production at the highest quality standards and live up to the reputation the brand had developed within sailing community.
Delphia Yachts is one of the largest Central European producers of sailing and motor boats. The company currently offers a range of 11 boats that are being sold primarily on the Western European markets, which account for 90% of the export sales. Over the last couple of year the company has been rapidly developing its brand awareness and dynamically building dealership network, which today extends as far as the USA, Russia, Japan and Australia. Through our long standing relationship with Brunswick Marine we also manufacture approx. 1000 of their Quicksilver and Uttern class motor boats each year.
Both Delphia Yachts and Maxi maintain a very high standard of construction and are focused on providing world class service
We look forward to continuing to expand Maxi brand and we see tremendous potential on this brand in our company."
The big mass production companies are buying the smaller and less mechanized produced prestige brands while these ones are bankrupting. It happened with Grand Soleil, bought by Bavaria, with Dehler, bough by Hanse and now with Maxi. I believe this is a good thing, not only because it permits the survival of great names (and boats) on the industry but also permits the big injection of capital needed to modernize the production lines, made them more mechanized, using more robots, allowing a bigger quality control and a better price.
Since er are talking about Delphia, have a look at a Delphia 40 atempting and managing to do an entry on a Port in very difficult conditions:
In my opinion this is bad seamanship and it should not be attempted even if that represents to stay uncomfortably on the sea for more hours. In Portugal there are a lot of sailors (mostly foreigners) that have died attempting this.
They were able to maintain directional stability surfing that wave, but it is not an easy thing and sometimes it is just impossible. If the boat start going sideways there is no helm that can put the boat straight again. I used to do surf in a somewhat heavy canoe and I know what I am talking about.
Look at these guys, they were not so lucky, but even so they had plenty luck not going straight to the rocks:
Flabria are Polish boats that are not alike other Polish boats, they are relatively expensive boats and point to a superior semi-custom segment of the market.
Never heard about it? well this one I had to confess that till some time back neither do I. Never saw one, they are not in the main European boat shows and I can only judge the quality by the photos.
Why are they interesting? Well the simple fact that a Polish shipyard can survive for several years already, expanding their line and making quality boats without going to boat shows is interesting. If they would not make a quality product at a very competitive price nobody would be buying their boats and they are doing all right on a very troubled market affected by the global crisis.
Let's have a look at their boats:
The older one, the 40 looks a modern but very traditional design (by European standards). Certainly it is not about the design that people are buying the boats. The stability curve is really very good.
The boat looks very well done and if it is not for the design neither for the price (over 320 000€) it only can be for the quality that they manage not only to survive but also to besides the new 33 a projects for a 45 and 50ft boats.
The new 33ft looks more modern, with a more high tech keel and it looks really interesting.
The boat has also a centerboard version and cost a bit over 200 000€.
Yacht magazine tested recentely the 33 and the 40ft: