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Old 10-04-2012, 07:54   #1
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Traditional Style - Where have they gone?

I've owned a Catalina 27 and a 34 (the Chevrolet of sailboats - nothing fancy but good and dependable) but I've always loved the way a traditional sailboat, like the Formosa 51 or CT 56 looks. Unfortunately, I don't know the difference between a pair of pliars and a screwdriver. Because of that, a used sailboat (1970-1980) would be more than I could handle. So my question is... Are these types of traditional style sailboats still being built? By whom? Where?

Any information would be appreciated.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:10   #2
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Re: Traditional Style - Where have they gone?

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:04   #3
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Re: Traditional Style - Where have they gone?

The boats you're talking about were more pastiche than "traditional." Even when they came right off the drawing boards they were seen to be anachronistic, especially in terms of their clipper bows and great-cabin transoms, and manufacturers discovered over time that they appealed to a limited market to whom form was more important than function. Don't get me wrong, even to this day those boats have their devotees, but if you're going to dedicate yourself to one, you'd better at least know how to spell "pliers."
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:19   #4
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Re: Traditional Style - Where have they gone?

Brad Trim,

Traditional types like Gozzard, Shannon, Cabo Rico, etc. can still be bought new but the prices have gone beyond reason. For less than half the price a similar sized Catalina, Beneteau, etc., can be had due to their much lower production costs.

The housing crash has also affected the marine market causing the traditional types to depreciate drastically, like an automobile. Prior to the slump the resale price used to match purchase price years earlier.

If you want a high-end boat buy one several years old, send it to the home factory (if still in business) for refurbishing and you end up with a virtually new boat, save for systems' replacement as needed.

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Re: Traditional Style - Where have they gone?

There are countless boats built to the 'classic' formulas. Some are very very classic, others are just classics (say like they were built in the 60'ies / 80'ies.

Google for European boatyards in this niche.

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Re: Traditional Style - Where have they gone?

Or maybe type in Colin Archer in yatchwold LOL Really you might find what your looking for by looking for boats from this fella they are sorta Traditional !! at least they are what I think of when that word is used !! just my 2 cents
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(...) type in Colin Archer in yatchwold (...)
I bet these will be one-offs. Any boat can be build one-off. I guess the OP means boats built in series.

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I've owned a Catalina 27 and a 34 (the Chevrolet of sailboats - nothing fancy but good and dependable) but I've always loved the way a traditional sailboat, like the Formosa 51 or CT 56 looks. Unfortunately, I don't know the difference between a pair of pliars and a screwdriver. Because of that, a used sailboat (1970-1980) would be more than I could handle. So my question is... Are these types of traditional style sailboats still being built? By whom? Where?

Any information would be appreciated.
I feel your pain. There is something of a heart throb when I see a clipper bow and wine glass transom among the plastic fantastic bars of soap on the waters these days. As time marches on and 20 years from now someone will be making the comment of how people once thought Hunters and Beneteaus were attractive. I know the Cherebinis are still made...but at a price. Good luck in your hunt.
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Re: Traditional Style - Where have they gone?

Eh.

In such a case I would drift towards a Cherubini: they are new, pretty and inexpensive.

OK - less expensive than a custom built.

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Cape George is a respected builder of traditional boats.
Cape George Cutters § Designs § Cecil Lange / William Atkin / traditional full keel sailboat
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