A little local knowledge from one of our Anarchists Down Under…
Attached is a pic that I snapped it down at Woolwich Dock last week (where Wild Oats XI lives). The boat is a brand new 56-footer commissioned from German Frers by a local squillionaire – a genuine “one off” design.
It has just two winches on deck – everything else is hidden away. The brief was to produce a boat that the owner could sail with only his wife aboard. In-boom furling, self-tacking jib on a curved track, etc etc. Luxurious fit-out below; dead simple and clean above.
Estimated cost of the whole project: $8m (about $7m in your dollars). Peanuts!