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PALM BEACH VIDEO: Mahogany boats carve out a presence

3/25/2013

“It’s a little unusual for a contemporary boat show to have this many nice mahogany runabouts and motoryachts, but I think that really speaks to both the venue and the visitors who are attracted to the Palm Beach show,” Soundings Trade Only editor-in-chief Bill Sisson said. “There’s an appreciation for that lovely retro styling and everything that goes with it, from varnished teak and mahogany to bronze fittings to a sense of tradition. Maybe it’s a micro-trend.”

In the article Bill Prince, president of Bill Prince Yacht Design, Inc., said: “The emerging wooden boat trend is a result of two converging themes. One, far fewer [new fiberglass] boats are being produced in today's smaller market and the wooden-boat niche appears larger as a percentage of the total new-boat market. Two, those who are in the market for a new boat now are relatively wealthier than the typical pre-2008 buyer. Today's buyers represent the wealthiest slice of the pie and tend to seek the highest-quality, most elegant boats available. Modern hand-crafted wood boats fit this description.”

Excerpts from an article in Soundings Trade Only  online, which featured a slide show which included a photo of one of our boats