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No other shop window for the dinghy world is going to approach Sailboat, and I suggest relatively few people would go to Soton who wouldn't go to Crystal Palace, so the paucity of dinghy vendors is unsurprising. But the loss of sailboats in the moderate sizes is disturbing. I suppose it reflects society in that the executive class is rewarding themselves with huge incomes, and the rest of society has less and less spare cash.
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I think you are semi correct Jim.

Undoubtedly the super wealthy are getting wealthier and so the large motorboat marques are pandering to this.
However I don't believe the point regarding the rest of society having less spare cash. I think larger societal issues are at play.
If we look at typical ownership of 20-30ft sailing yachts then they are normally owned by men of a certain age! These gents historically went for small trips around our coastline often singlehanded or with a few friends, but rarely with wife and children in tow.
Society is currently demanding that men in particular no longer ditch their family on the weekends to enjoy a past-time on their own, therefore those looking for a sailing yacht now have to ensure that the whole family will be comfortable in said purchase. That normally requires full standing headroom, a fridge, 3 separate bedrooms, a shower and a 4 burner stove and oven which typically doesn't fit in your average 20-30ft cruiser. As a result we are seeing more sales in the 36-50ft range.
I dare say charter companies are helping with this, as when you go on your 2wk flotilla holiday in the med to see if the family will enjoy yacht ownership you're hardly likely to be given a Beneteau 211, Sun2000 or Sadler 25, it'll be a Hanse 400 or a Sun Odyssey 37 or larger.

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Originally posted by craiggo


If we look at typical ownership of 20-30ft sailing yachts then they are normally owned by men of a certain age! These gents historically went for small trips around our coastline often singlehanded or with a few friends, but rarely with wife and children in tow.
 


Hey yes that's me!
I've just ( almost ) retired, and have recently got a 22 footer for daysailing, short trips and overnights, on my own or with my wife. Just about sitting headroom,  setup for s/h sailing.

I went to the boatshow, and there were only Cornish Crabbers, and a Saffier 8m that is like a modern Folkboat, but all at 25 x what I spent on a good condition old boat with a full new set of mylar sails.
Got some cheap waterproofs though ;-)


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