Lots of people could ! :-)
Its a nice boat. My point is around the never-land between high volume production manufacturing processes and custom crafted, expensive, high end business models (Oyster, Hylas
, Hinkley, etc.).
was making a superb quality boat targeting people who did not have bottomless pockets. It was a niche that closed quickly. IP started off as a volume manufacturer (they made hundreds of IP40's and IP370's and IP420s) but they got more and more expensive each year. What I saw was that they lost
their market to the companies like Hanse, Jeanneau and Beneteau
who were making "good enough" quality. I even went to the factory to see the new 485 prototype. Not many people would have bothered but I had an IP45 for 10 years and loved it. I went to HYLAS
for my boat in 2008 because I didn't see the same value in IP that I did in 1998. I also didn't think the interior
layouts used the potential provided by the hulls. It seemed like an IP32 interior inside a 16' beam, 53' long boat. It wasn't competitive.
There are some very bright people at IP. Merging with bright people at Seaward
may just give them the critical mass and combination to spring back. I hope so.