I think that this was due to a combination of causes, mostly related to the state of the world economy squeezing disposable income. Fewer people able to afford spending years cruising the oceans of the world has changed cruising dreams to smaller boats of their own for coastal or trailer-sailer cruising, or chartering bigger boats for a week or two at a time from others in the islands.
That may be changing though, we have recently seen an increasing interest in our more serious cruising designs, including those of steel. There still remains the problem of a dearth of professional yards that will build in steel but it does seem that the interest in steel boats may be returning.
The past few weeks have brought two new launches of steel sailboats to our Dix 43 Pilot design. These two were built many thousands of mile apart, in different hemispheres.
Ian Edwards built his boat in Caernarfon, Wales. A 10-year project, she is now in the water and ready to start cruising.
|Ian Edwards built his boat in Caernarfon, Wales|
|Ian turning his hull using the spit-roast method.|
|Andre's boat about to hit the highway from Gauteng to the ocean.|
|Andre Siebert's launch of "Sea Bird" at Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town.|
|Beautifully finished pilothouse of "Sea Bird".|
|"Sea Bird" with her rig stepped.|
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