It's gone in the coo-coo zone up here. It may be due to border restrictions, but even prices for questionable boats are ridiculous. New boaters are buying boats with some significant issues and it's not going to be pretty when they launch them soon.
Yes, this seems likely. The market effects will likely depend on the trajectory of this disease over the coming months and few years. If, as we all hope, the vaccines lead to a precipitous drop in infection rates, and more importantly, hospitalization numbers, then I can see a flood back to normalcy.The great depression left an indelible scar on an entire generation‘s economic behavior. It’s possible the pandemic will do the same to those that sought outdoor recreational activity. I think it could be years before we stop talking about COVID, which could keep the backup plans alive. Perhaps prep for the next one. Most people will trend back toward pre-pandemic behaviors, but it only takes a small fraction of the population to keep a higher than (recently) usual demand for boating.
That certainly seems like one possible scenario. We currently see outbreaks of other vaccine-preventable diseases in areas with low vaccination rates, so you might be correct as to the future of SARS-CoV-2.How about something else... most people are immune... to most strains... and the infection and death rate drops to a low number... which does inhibit MOST people from "mingling"? Corona does not disappear but it is a problem for a smaller portion of people and can be nasty and fatal.
The anti vax people will become the spreaders and the ones who get sick and die... if they have no immunity. This is the model of the trump "spreader events"...
Just out of curiosity, what model boat was that racer?Oh, and I forgot the other thing that struck out of the lot, the term ''blue water cruiser''.
It happened to term many many many boats larger than 35 fts. Some calls where just ridiculous. Speedy ships that I recall two men in the working age, with some 35-40 years old could barely hold in 1) a protected harbour, 2) with winds of no more than 20-25 knts, 3) years of experience, 4) an extensive experience of many many boats.
Who would decently call this kind of pure racer, speed demon, an ocean worthy boat? At least without writing nearby "with a crew, and a lot of experience, some alterations''?
The construction was light, to go VERY fast, and I know this was made at this expense of strenght, because that boat was made to BE RACED NEAR SHORE.
If you had a racing team at hand, some real money to work along with a lot of things, maybe.
But if you are any newcomer that comes along and doesn't get a clue to differentiate a potable blue water cruiser and a pure coastal RACER, SOLELY MADE TO BE RACED WITH A CREW AT HAND, a boat uncontrollable in windy conditions, and one that has to be always watched because of the uber-huge amount of sail carried, would you be able to make it to the ocean?
I really don't think so.
This is nothing new, and has been the case on boat sales websites as long they've existed. Not to mention the more shoddy the listing the more the photography tends to be abysmal as well.I see announcements that are pure copy/paste from the web of somebody who wrote something on the boat's brand, or model....Various typo errors, and errors of coherence.
We found last summer on the water crazy. People were drunk, stoned, aggressive and generally incompetent. It was not fun being on the Rideau and border line scary in the Thousand Islands with kids. One of the reasons we decided to try RVing. Ontario waterways are nuts right now.Be careful this summer ... all those people are going to be out there.