For you all, thank you!
Regarding what Chall had said regarding an European perspective that was never the intention of this thread. Obviously I have a better knowledge about what is going on here even if today's world is a small one and I don't think we can talk about European, NZ or American boat design. The best and bigger US cabinets like Farr, Reichel & Pugh, Farr and the best Oceania cabinets like ker design boats to everywhere, more to Europe than any other place simply because the Europeans have the biggest sailboat market. That's where more sailboats are sold and sailed.
Things seem to start changing and Asia is growing fast in what regards sailing and that will certainly will be very good not only for sailing but particularly to Australia and Oceania Nas.
Contemporary design (that some call cutting edge and I prefer state of the art design) is a Universal design and even with some differences that have more to do with a bigger percentage of boats being designed for solo sailing/racing while others more for crewed sailing/racing, than anything else.
Even if I had hoped that most of the state of the Art American boats and Oceania boats to be posted on this thread by local members the fact is that it was me that have posted about them so in the end I don't think you can call it an European perspective.
Regarding American boats, besides Jboats that have an iconic value in what regards American race boats and performance cruisers, things seem to be changing and American top designers have found more work on their own country designing what I hope would be the great American boats of the future. Iconic american brands like Hinckley and C&C are proposing state of the art boats designed by American Na:
C&C Yachts - Styles change, people change, boats change.
Lets hope they will find enough market in the States and that Americans will turn to sailing, cruising and racing again with the same vitality that showed in the past. They have state of the art American boats to do that if they want and certainly they will have much more if there is a market for it. The biggest difference between America and Europe is the size of the boat market. the boats more sold in America are the same boats that are more sold in Europe: Beneteau and Jeanneau.
Regarding your suggestion to rethink my options and continue this thread the way I had been doing, probably you don't know that I have tried, I have tried for a long time to find a way with the moderators to continue to run this thread the way it made it an unique success on sailnet.
Fact is that I tried several times and I did not get any answers that allowed it to be run without becoming a confrontational thread, with rude language and disagreeable for me. Yes I know that it was a very small number of people, some that even say that they don't follow this tread, but that is the reality of an open thread where if not stopped a single person can destroy a thread that is popular, agreeable and informative for hundreds.
Regarding the blog, yes you are right, I will miss the contribution of others and the discussion, so it will be a different blog, kind of a thread moderated by me. I will re-post on the main Body of the blog contributions and comments from all others that want to contribute to what is being discussed and I will be very interested in new subjects and interesting sailboats brought to my attention by others. I will re-post that too.
Of course, rude comments, coarse language, wise cracks and out of the subject comments will be sent to were they belong: garbage.
You are more then welcome to participate. You all are.
It started already. Just click on the link on the end of this post.
The best to all.