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Re: Island Packet Closing Doors?
I think the reality is that today's builders ARE competing with boats they previously built... and for those who are long running builders not just a few years old. While used boat prices - esp older ones - are falling (alarmingly for we owners) the great number of 90s and early 2000s boats out there and available must be affecting the potential for a new boat buyer.. often 10s of $Ks worth of accessories included in used boats, good selection.. some of them arguably 'better' than the new offerings.
But it goes further back.. how many '60s and '70s cars are still on the road, in good shape and fetching any kind of price at all? (collectors excluded!).. how many '60s and '70s boats??
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)