Noisy electric hydraulic pump. How often do they have to run the engine too?
Just talking to a friend with a Mod 70. When he takes other rich guys out, they end up exhausted and terrified, too much adrenaline. Its just too much real danger, not seeming like danger. Real easy to get injured enough that you will never be as healthy as you once were, if you are over about 30 years old.
I like very fast boats, sail and power. But I like Lido 14s and pontoon boats too. Everything has its place.
This boat will never sell like an aluminum boat built (and bought) for fishing on rivers and lakes. So what?
Sometimes I like driving our Porsche, sometimes the F350 dually. Is the Porsche lousy because its not a truck, or vice versa?
The weakness in our sport of sailing reminds me of the equestrian industry, now a tiny sport somewhat similar to sailing. Nobody needs horses anymore. Nobody needs to sail either. Both used to be essential to global economics right down to individual economics. Now, both are completely unnecessary. Highly desired to a small fraction of society, but necessary to no one anywhere.
The areas of equestrian participation that are reasonably healthy (relative to recent, not ever relative to historical highs), are those where there is essentially no supervision, no rules. Just fun riding, and passion about the individual horse that is very inexpensive, often free. The highly skilled, highly regulated parts of the sport, such as hunter-jumper and dressage, the only parts that are in the Olympics, are very, very tiny and seem to be evaporating, and limited to only those with far more money than sense, just like in yacht racing. $250K for a horse that does well in regional competition, millions for the olympic, and many of those horses have shorter competitive lives than string sails.
I got into sailing, became a life long compulsive addict, because sailing was very fun when I started. When I go sailing or racing, my internal motivation is to have fun like I have had all my life. So I ignore ratings completely. Absolutely irrelevant. I sail with people I like, I no longer sail with people I don't like. I sail with instruments off, except maybe the knot meter. I sail feeling, and observing what is actually happening around me, not what a computer is telling me. My cars have computers that tell me what to do. I don't need that sailing.
I don't even think about trying to get on something like the boat in this topic, because only one person at most is actually having fun, and even he is now so limited in what he is allowed to do given the computer telling him if he is on target or not.
How do you convince some hot chick you met in the bar to go out on that boat? There are a lot of other things you can convince that chick to do, but sitting on the rail all day acting like dead meat, or winding a winch every once in awhile, or following little numbers while learning to ignore what you are actually feeling ... Probably unlikely.
We wonder why sailing is dying? Its pretty obvious to me!