3. If no new boats are built or if there is a general decline
Should we look at making a yawl more accessible and affordable by looking at a fibreglass yawl to keep costs down? Research has been carried out and it would be possible to take a mould off an existing yawl or create a mould off an existing design and build fibreglass yawls in a way that would ensure they performed in the same way as a timber yawl. The stiffness would be the same, the weight distribution would be the same, the weight would be the same and the shape would be the same.
They could be left on a mooring, they would have significantly less maintenance, they would be cheaper, there would be no racing advantage, they could have timber decks and even timber top planks and transoms if the owner decided.
Being less precious, it would promote loaning, hiring, borrowing, etc. which would encourage more participation. There are a number of classes that have successfully gone down this route and the class has flourished.
Enter the debate.