Nov 23, 2005, 7:59 PM
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Cool: Now we all can debate and then come to some agreement of the description of a Sportboat. Sportboat, apparently has been a subjective description of some radical design, yes? Maybe we can get some help from the Forum Admin. to help the sailing community draft an acceptable definition.
Re: [Bird Man] Sportboat Research
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As an example, Ski Industries America (SIA) now Snowsports Industries America saw a need to change the terminology of Novice, Intermediate, Expert to Type I, II, III skier. Though it may sound PC, but it helped a lot of of skiers really identify the type of skier they were and furthermore helped propagate the future of the sport by helping them indentify the type of skier they were and hence the equipment they needed. In turn it bolstered the reputation of the suppliers and took the wind out of the sails of the opinionated salespeople.
So to get ahead of myself and let you know where I'm coming from, if we want to promote the sport of sailing, do you think a rating of boats is appropriate. Let's say Sailboat I, II or III and determine what boat rates in each category rather than a description of cruiser, racer, cruiser/racer, sport boat. S-I being something like ; enjoys sailing but likes to motor when wind exceeds 15 Kts, doesn't care if taking through 145 degrees, prefers a slip, likes to motor sail, concerned about amenities and likes to relax and doesn't care who gets to the mooring field first. I understand this may sound outside the box, but I'm trying to understand where this industry is headed and what the future of sailing is. Responsible comments more than welcome.