I have been looking for a cat in the 44-50 foot range since selling my last boat in June, 08. I was just contacted by a local agent in Ft. Lauderdale regarding the new Prout 50. I am familiar with the history
of the company but I was surprised with the aggressive pricing of this boat that is being made in China
. It has nice exterior lines, but it may seem a little beamy(27') for its 44' LWL. They will not be in the US to see and touch until spring, 2009. Has anyone heard anything about sailing characteristics, build quality, etc? If is a well made boat at these prices it will give the french and the south african boat builders headaches.