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I enjoyed the joke.My statement was ironic and I was gently poking fun @TwoLegged , showing to a North American crowd a European design/product as an example to follow is not often a recipe for success. I suspect that some in the US are still laughing at 1970s cars designed by Citroen while here in Europe they are collectible!
Mind you, Citroens were under-appreciated even in Europe. A relative had Citroen CXs from when they first came out until after production ended, and they were massively superior to everything else. Sadly, most buyers were too conservative to choose one, and their maker never again made anything remotely as wonderful
But back on topic. I fear that Pano may be right that Americans aren't ready for powerful modern hulls, but I winder why that is. As I noted before, 1970s American boat designers were hugely innovative, probably more so than Yurpeens. Bill Lapworth reinventing the offshore production boat, Doug Peterson upending IOR, the Moore 24 turning yer club boat into a planing rocket, Bill Lee going planing offshore, and then the J/24 taking the world by storm.
I have a hunch that this shift may be more socio-economic than aesthetic. My hypothesis goes like this: The USA's spurt of 1960s/1970s boatbuilding seems to have been bigger than in most of Europe, leaving a bigger pool of used boats. Meanwhile the economic changes which began in the 1980s have been more pronounced in the USA than in the EU, so the pool of Americans who have the cash to buy a new boat and the time to use it is way smaller than in Europe (Europeans get roughly twice as much leave). So the market for new boats in the USA is dominated by older buyers, who have the cash to buy and the time to use a boat ... and they make more conservative choices than the younger buyers of new boats in Europe. I'd be interested to see any relevant data
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