If one would gift it to me... I would not be worried too heavily about that it was produced in China, or maybe its a kind of "gunboat copy". :-)
It cant be all bad this boat is equipped with.
Following this thread and thematic since days with interests I wonder: we all use lots of products "made in china"
. From TVs, smart phones to T-Shirts etc. ...
And most of these Chinese products we use daily are of such bad quality ?
In my understanding Gunboat in USA should concentrate themselfs to build good boats, and not accusing the Chinese.
Interesting in the whole story is, that the most relevant part, the foils are being produced in Netherlands
by HC - Holland Composites
. Thats the most relevant knowhow of the whole boat so I see it.
It remembers me the story in my own family
My grand, grand, grand pa was linnen maker in the 19th century, living and working in Europe
. He travelled by ship to USA to learn from the American linnen makers... as it seems, they had been the best.
After some years he came back home... with new knowledge. And produced linnen with the knowledge he had learnt from US. - Did anybody that time complain about that he produced linnen with methods he learnt from Americans ?? Of course not...
As so it goes... we all get benefit from that people learn from each other. And its good that boat builders learn from each other too. Concurrence makes business lively. The Gunboat owner/management is dreaming around to think, that they can keep their market position as monopolist. Thats an illusion.
Asian menthality is (very) different. In Asia
it is an honour to be copied, it counts as something to give respect to the original builder
. Thats why Asians dont feel badly to copy. Its a very long culture since hundreds or even thousands of years.
If one want let produce in another country, he has to accept that there exist different mentalities, different understandings about business makings and different cultural values. As I see it, the Gunboat owner has not learn his lessons.
Its the only mistake by the management/owner of Gunboat USA themselves not having learnt how to deal with such "cultural barriers". At least it would have needed a 50-50% partnership
to establish the trust. Nobody can do business in such countries without a deep going trustbuilding process. You cannot do formalistically on the basis of contracts and undersigned paper business in such countries.
Another aspect: the extremly wage difference... as China (or Vietnam
or Indonesia) are all low wage countries.
What would you do in the situation of a Chinese warft owner, seeing, that he delivers with his "cheap workers" a boat, lets say at a prize of 800,000 Thousand, and then the contractor sells this boat on another continent for 3 million. That is clearly a misuse.
The world is transparent, by Internet
... nobody want to feel worthless and being misused. See all the refugees flooding now to Europe
. Why they do it ? Because they want feel as something worthfully and free.
We all know, that in many areas of this world people work for 1/10 or even less, engineers, handcraftsmen whatever.... e.g. a cook in India
gets paid 150 dollars, same cook in Western world earns 3000 dollars.
in East Asia
gets 600-700 US dollars... an Engineer
in Western world 8-9000 US dollars.
But the daily goods, e.g. computers
, smartphones and cars or facilities mostly are on nearby same prize level as in Western world.
What would I do if I'd been an inhabitant being born in such a country and having a boat building company ??
Logically I would start to copy making the money
on my own. Why should I deliver a boat for 800,000 Thousand paying my hard working employees at cheap
wages of 500 dollars each per months or less, and then seeing that the contractor sells this boat to rich wealthy Westeners with a plus of 2-300 %.
Better doing this business on my own, isnt ? Logically. Asians are not stupid, they are smart people.
The real knowledge is not stolen in my understanding, it is just copies... there is an old saying. "The original is always better than the copy
If I'd have known, that the Gunboat is produced by a subcontractor logically I'd have visited him and ask him to build me the boat directly. Why should I pay 200-300% a higher prize ? That doesnt make sense.
The foiling knowledge is in the hands of the Dutch, c/o Holland
Composites. To build a hull
in 100% carbon is not a huge drama anymore in times of infusion, 3D modelling, CAD etc. ... one can hire quickly a designer
around the world. And as we know the Gunboat was designed by MM. So what is the Gunboat management doing ? Simply said, they are only a sales structure... thats all.
from winches to masts to sails
and engines are deliverd from suppliers. So all that knowledge is same not developed "in house".
To demand 10 million compensation for an economical damage is far away from reality. Lots of noisy show making. It communiates the name "Gunboat" heavily around the globe. Maybe a smart marketing
gimmick trick by the owner.
Gunboat should concentrate on what is their business: Building good boats ! And overtake herefor 100% responsability. So I see it.