Just thinking as I was playing on my boat, making gudgeon's today currently being sucked, is the future going to be based around AWB's and ones like mine along with others before and currently happening where an older one is being given a hell Xmas for assorted degrees.
Building new in NZ is up there cost wise and the AWB's are cheap. Sure they might not last as long or be as quick as a NZ made but their price is often considerably better.
Ones like mine are also pretty cheap for those willing to have a crack. Sure I have, actively, ignored my time but a lot of that was playing on the boat rather than mowing lawns, paint houses and stuff like that which many would be doing instead so while same say 'but you put in $xyz of labour' they don't say the same thing when mowing lawns for example which would be how many filled their time if not fiddling with boats. Sure, if I lurked off work that's a different story. Labour aside I'm going to be in for around 50-55K but I have gone whole hog in places where many wouldn't and a reasonable amount of that sum has been sucked up by me doing RnD on bits n bobs. I do think I could have done what I have for around 30K ish. At the end I'll have pretty much a brand new boat with far more capability than she had. I have no reason to believe she would still be going strong in 30 years time.... bar maybe her owner being a dick and killing her somehow.
There is another similar sized one under going a conversion to foiling as well as a general up grade. Yet another being tickled to make her 'newer' in gear and systems, very much like what I've done. Plus talk of 2 others heading down the same path.
So I think I'm seeing a bit of a split in the road ahead, one road down the 'business as usual' path, one down a growing AWB fleet and the 3rd being the NZ enthusiast still wanting to fiddle in the back yard by either building new as we used too, just like the freshly wet Roper930 or getting an existing beast and give her the tickle from hell like I am.
I think as long as that 3rd road doesn't die things might not be as ugly as it looks currently look on the surface.