Originally Posted by Long Reach
GMAC noted that the KIWI builder
is in receivership and Perry Catamarans just closed their doors. What's all that about.
Just a case of trying to get to big to fast I suspect. I know they had huge interest and they tried to do too much to early in the companies growth phase, a common trap fallen into by many. They are still working and doing boats just while in 'liquidation' which is better for all concerned I'm told. The reciever does not have to make a profit so all boats are sold at cost of build and the reciever 'has to' deliver what the contract
says with the new owner. When you think about it the only loser was the company owner (who I know lost
big time trying to keep head
when he could have just bailed out while screwing many) and could be a damn good time to sign up for a new boat.
I was there last week and do believe he was or the majority owner at least. The problem seems to be cheap
imports allowed in by the same government
who has loaded the local companies with piles of bulls**t regulations
(costs) the imports don't have to comply with. This is a major concern commented on by many Aussie and NZ boatbuilders (NZ government
being just as short sighted as the Aussie) at the moment. I suspect it applies across many industries and countries as well.
Just wait until China
actually figures out what quality control means and we'll see many more fall over, I very sadly suspect.
I'm going to build a 50ft Cat as my sail-away into the sunset and die on boat. I like centreboards as I've never found Cats without them that perform as well. Saying that I must say we don't seem to have many without boards down here so I only have limited experiance with them. Looking at all race
cats they have boards and I'm over sitting in the middle of oceans watching waves.
I seriously believe all boats, 'just a cruiser' or not, must sail well to windward. A quick cat can out run bad weather
with communication systems (weather forecasting) we have today. Getting caught by a storm can happen but when you set to sea you know this and it is a risk we all take. When that happen you just have to do the best with what you have got, be it centreboards or not. Having to sail slower than you need too just in case of a 1 in 100 day, probably a lot more, occurance just seems silly to me. I've done 30K odd nauty miles and have only had around 5-6 days of underwear colour changing weather
in total i.e excess of 40+ knots. If you or the boat can't handle 40kts they shouldn't be out there.
Just spent 7 days sitting in the Tasman Sea triangle the place with no, none, nada, zip, zero weather only waves and lots of them. I now like big Perkins
diesels and the ability to carry 1000lts of fuel
. Wouldn't believe it but managed to motor
7 days on 6 days of fuel
only to finally run out 15 mins from the Customs dock
. Also now like local yacht club safety
boats with 25hp outboards which can tow boats with no fuel