A number of questions .... here are the answers.
I will be posting
the entire St Francis story on videos - all of which will be in the video gallery for you to see. I am filming in SA soon both sailing and the factory.
Gludy, Just curious, why look at the Leopard if you have already ordered the St. Francis? As a pilot, was also just curious if you fly the Helicopter on your yacht too ?
I made the video of the Leopard as part of my search for a boat. It will, I think be an interesting video for some and so I am publishing it just as i would publish any other boat trip or visit to a sail making factory etc. I am accumulating stock footage for a series of DVD's down the road and combine my hobbies together to enjoy myself. This is why I am interested in any project
concerned with sailing.
I do not fly the helecopter - a very good pilot to whom I am grateful did that. The chopper could not fly forward with the door open so the first part was done through the tinted windows. The door was opened to do a circle without flying forward. It was a private yacht we took off from but not mine.
The chopper and the boat and the jet that supports both belong to a very nice chap.
I actually get vertigo and the thought of flying with open doors scares the hell out of me but I simply cannot turn down any video opportunity
In Cruising World this month the St Francis 50 was profiled. They claim the sail away price was about $800k. The problem with the published price is you never know what that did not includ. What is the actual sail away price for a St Francis 50?
The one in the video was a fitted out boat with a lot of extras and sold for $800k USA as new. It was just the demo boat.
Inflation means that my price starts at a higher price but in brod terms I am paying about the same for the boat without the extras to my spec than I am adding a load of extras - the price will be nearer to the $1m USA but only because I am adding a lot of extras.
I did three videos in my recent round of boats but decided not to publish the first because events
did not turn out well on that boat (no prized for guessing the boat
). I am totally responsible for any mistakes
and for all views on the videos. Nobody is paying a cent for the publicity but then nobody has editorial control either. I very much enjoy doing it and its a great way to have experiences such as the chopper ride!
I can say that there will be dozens of sailing videos coming out on a future web site - so this is just the start.