As a former importer, long time Dealer and broker, I have been playing with the idea of bringing back "Cal Boats", built to the integrity and exquisite sailing standard of the original Lapworth designs, primarily the Cal 39, 34 and 2-27.
I have been a Dealer for several high quality respected brands and also importer for a very long time. I owned a Cal among others. The [Cal] boat even to modern day standards in my opinion, remains one of the finest vessels of its time. Gotta love the Cal 39 and would gladly take it just about anywhere on the globe right now and can say without doubt, that I would make good time doing it.
Can you imagine going to a Boat show and seeing big Cal Boats banners flying again? What do you think? It is doable.. All of these imports are also driving me crazy, even though I made part of my living by doing just that. I think "we" should do this.
I'm lucky enough to live nearby a world class custom boat builder. They build mostly in wood but also composites - and they're branching out with the advent of new building technology.
They make their money taking care of clients boats which keeps the skilled staff and business machinery in top form.
They have an experienced design team that is engaged in restorations which include design upgrades to older boats.
The design team is also a sales tool for new construction (naturally), and works on speculative designs, looking for buyers. These speculations, as well as state of the art design, have included reproducing older, past - popular designs, in newer materials (or traditional if the buyer prefers).
I'd say their speculative model is a safe venture, but I don't think it is successful as they would like it to be.
That's where your idea is different. It's bold,..and risky.
You can pump out renderings - ads, of a boat, but nothing compares to the real thing, floating at the dock. Who knows?