I read a quote on Facebook yesterday that made me chuckle…
Nautor’s Swan, the world’s leading builder of performance yachts, announced last week that it will be building a new fleet of boats purely for cruising, ranging in length from 60-115ft.
Seriously? 60-115′ boats for cruisers? Someone is a bit out of touch with reality, me thinks. Perhaps there is a market for boats like that but it’s certainly not cruisers, or at least, none that we know. The simple systems that allow a cruising boat to function trouble-free are not going to be found on a vessel that large. Simplicity has value for cruisers!
That said, I know that with our taking on the responsibility of a larger and more complex boat tricked out for charter, we’ll be giving up the freedom that came with our PDQ’s simplicity. In our opinion, a crewed charter vessel is not a cruising boat though. It is, in some ways, a bit more like a floating hotel and because of that, is expected to have with it certain luxuries. One such item that we’re currently researching is an icemaker.
While you would be hard pressed to find a built-in icemaker on any cruising sailboat (motor vessels often have them though), we feel that it will be worth the money and effort to have one installed on the Leopard. I mean, who would say no to a virtually unlimited supply of Cruisers’ Diamonds come sundowner time?