Random thoughts on the boating world >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

 Random thoughts on the boating world >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

RCR Yachts CEO Don Finkle has been with the company since its inception in 1972, facilitating new and used boat sales. In this report he shares his observation of boater trends:

We have witnessed and lived with many changes over the years. Obviously, boat designs have evolved. The way people use their boats is different today and that has driven the changes in boat design. We see more people boating in shorter spurts, like an afternoon or evening instead of all day or all weekend, or a weekend instead of a week. Busy lives mean it is important that we can get underway and put away quicker. Boats set up for convenience get used more often.

Not only that, but who uses the boats is different now than when I started long ago. Back then it was mostly the head of household (almost always male) driving the purchase decision and time on the water. Family was less involved. That has flipped totally, and we see far more influence from the…

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