This beautiful boat was manufactured in New Zealand for a while
After a promising start, this class faded, after copyright problems became an issue of the original, Ben Lexcen designed, A2 Class boats. And it is with much regret, that I advise that the innovative folks in New Zealand, who got this boat up and running are no longer producing it.
And the real shame is, is that in protecting the rights of the original boat, the New Zealand boat stopped being produced, but the Australian licensed manufacturer of the A2 proved ultimately, not to be interested in building these beautiful boats. And this hobby has suffered because the Aussies, cannot hold a candle to the New Zealanders'...
To me, they are still, the perfect, all weather boat. And with only a single set of sails needed, no matter what the conditions, unlike most every other class.
If anybody knows how to get a hold of the molds of this boat, I would dearly love a contact number, or numbers...
I love these boats, as I bought two of them, from the New Zealand suppliers. But some of the original crew have since suffered health problems, and because after I bought these boats, I became aware of the original source of these hulls, and subsequently created some problems because of copyright issues, it is very unlikely, that any enquiries by me, would be welcome.
But in hindsight now, and especially that there has been no interest from the Aussie side, from the original mold holders', model yachting has been the big loser.
I have always believed that the
rights of any invention should go to the creator, but if the creator is not
interested in promoting the invention, then I think it reasonable, that others
be entitled to pursue its development, even if it means paying a royalty of
sorts, to the original inventor.
But I did not think of this at the time, and apparently, neither did anyone else... And the result was, I believe, that model radio yachting has suffered, and missed out on one of the best things that could ever have happened to it...
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