Originally Posted by boggie
(...) they allways been a high quality construction. (...)
Not always. Both HR and Najad
went down the Bavaria
alley. They were trying to sell more boats to more consumers. But Bavaria
is already here and so is Oyster
. There is quality there, but there are always issues there that were not there before. Cruisers & Sailing Forums - Search Forums
Just have a look at the fantastic hatches on the newest HR. Sure they do not look like bloody easy to slip on one dark and wet night.
The problem those boatyards
have is they have been trying to make boats that others already make. If people went for them once, it was a) because they (people) were nordic
, or b) because they (boats) WERE different than the other boats.
Now with the nordic
markets being relatively shallow (both HR and Najad
used to be QUALITY and QUALITY LASTS) they tried to expand beyond their field. And perhaps this is simply NOT doable.
IMHO (IMHO!) HR and Najad could have gone the Oyster
way instead. And IMHO they would have been better off. But they did not do it when the time was right. Now they are making boats that are already available from other boatyards
. They just make them more expensive.
20 years ago, I could buy a HR/Najad without a blink. Today, if I want a boat that looks like a Bavaria, I will chose a Bavaria. Two, why not. And use the change to get me a hold full of Bavarian beer