Sails : Sails 25 April May 2014
MAINSHEET 011 The main market for sailing these days are families and couples planning "extended cruising". "For the majority who buy new boats, the focus will be coastal cruising and they will move up to longer trips, depending on work commitments," adds Spirit Marine's Randall. "While our market is across the board, sailing will always be popular with professional people, retirees and those coming close to retirement." Paul Taylor, broker at Ensign Ship Brokers which represents Bavaria and Nauticat, says sailing is enjoying a resurgence as a "cool sport", thanks to the high profile of the America's Cup in San Francisco last year, which elevated the sport to Formula 1 status to the broader public. "There are a lot of young people getting in to sailing all over Australia. It's competitive and social. There's the camaraderie, it's open to everybody at all skill levels and you don't have to have lots of money. Kids are moving from Moths and Lasers and progressing through with a love of sailing." Baby Boomers too are realising their long-held cruising ambitions. "Over the past few years, the market has been quite flat, making prices more competitive and giving people access to newer, larger vessels. This is attracting new people to sailing who may never have considered it before." Sailing delivers all the serenity and adventure people of all walks of life are seeking, says Taylor. "We are girt by sea after all! There are so many good cruising grounds and facilities in Australia. From a live-aboard perspective, it's an economical way to live, whether that's at a marina or moorings. It's a great lifestyle, you meet lots of interesting people, and you can see the country from the sea. The Grey Nomads often do the coast by yacht and then inland by camper." Up north, miners are flocking to sailing for both recreation and accommodation. "We have found they are buying yachts and spending their swing -- their week off -- on their boat. It's a lifestyle choice." At the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Ensign will have a strong showing of around seven yachts on water, including a good selection of Bavaria yachts, sail and power. The Bavaria Vision 42 will be among the Ensign line-up, a yacht with all the mod cons at an affordable price. The main difference between this range and its predecessors in terms of handling is the placement of weight like tanks, helping it to glide through the water and making it a pure pleasure to helm. Other key features include loads of natural light, great ventilation, heaps of head room, quality deckware, retractable transom, clean deck with sunken sheets and furler. Brent Vaughan, director at Multihull Central, says he and his team are likely to have five yachts on water, including the Seawind 1160 and 1250 "with all the bells and whistles", as well as the Outremer 49 -- on show for the first time at an Australian boat show. At around $1.25 million fully optioned, the Outremer 49 will be one of the show highlights. "The Outremer 49 won European Yacht of the Year when it was launched in 2010. The boat we will have there will be a later model yacht that has just sailed from France. Outremer is a specialist bluewater brand, a high performance cruising yacht, for around the world cruising. It's not a charter or day boat, but a serious technical boat. They are built in the South of France, and are known as a connoisseur yacht, for a well- educated buyer." Sailing is well represented at SCIBS, says Vaughan. "Queensland is the sailing heart of Australia, with the Great Barrier Reef right on your doorstep. It always has a great display of the latest multihulls. If you're looking to spend a significant amount of time on the water, cruising long distances, you can't go past a well- built cruising catamaran." US Yachts, sole distributor for Hunter, Elan and Salona brands, will be exhibiting two yachts at SCIBS: a Hunter 40 and Elan 394. SAILING DREAMS COME TRUE Clockwise from below: Outremer 49; Bavaria Vision 42; Elan 394.
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