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Old 14-05-2013, 14:32   #1
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US production cruisers post GFC

I was just wondering about the fallout of US cruising sailboat manufacturers due to the GFC. Who is out of business and who is left?
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Old 14-05-2013, 14:42   #2
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Re: US production cruisers post GFC

Do you refer to Global Finacial Crisis?
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Re: US production cruisers post GFC

I have read that around 23% of the USA sailboat builders went out of business since 2004-2005. I believe 2011 is the latest year for reliable figures, but the total number of cruising sailboats built in the USA was only 622: 30-35 feet = 215; 36-45 feet = 348; 46+ feet = 59. More information here. I suspect there is a list of all boat manufacturers someplace, but not sure where. If you go here, and search on sailboat manufacturers you only get 13, and I'm not sure all of them make boats in North America.
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Plus you'll have to add those that reorganize or changed hands multiple times. Tartan and Hunter as examples of both.
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Re: US production cruisers post GFC

Similar situation in the 70's during the oil embargo and the USCG helping to levy a luxury tax. Only the strong survive.
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Re: US production cruisers post GFC

Catalina Yachts is building and the largest privately owned yacht manufacture in the USA. They did close their manufacturing plants in California 4 years ago, but that was a financial decision based on the high cost of doing business in California. They maintain the Company headquarters in Woodland Hills, but all boats are being built in Largo, Florida at the old Morgan Factory.
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