As we've seen, currency fluctuations in what must, by necessity, be an international market, have wrecked havoc on builders. Such a shame about PDQ
, for example. One of the other advantages for a US customer of a US boat is the absence of the import
tax. While S. African boats don't get charged ("Most favored nation" status), the French boats do, and 3% on hundreds of thousands isn't chump change.
It will take lots of business savvy to make it work, but if they can build a quality boat that avoids many of the aggravating compromises I've seen in the newer French boats (at least, the less expensive ones in my price
range!), and keep at least competitive with the price
, then they might be able to have a go at it. Gregor certainly knows his catamarans, and that's a big point in their favor. At least the builder
has been doing lots of work with FG, and that's good. They're going to need a very experienced (and picky, picky, picky!) production manager, too.
I'm with you, Brad, got my fingers crossed, too!