Originally Posted by Nomad Willy
Being pertentios is stupid and this is the most pretentious thing I’ve seen in a long time.
One could photograph a room full of money .. same thing.
But from an engineering point of view it probably has merit. So perhaps it should be under “interesting boats”. Sorry BandB.
So, it's automatically pretentious because it's beyond something you can afford? The boat itself doesn't have to be. It could be for a very large family that cruises all the time. Why so judgmental?
There are some very interesting aspects of the boat. I think the diesel electric propulsion system is just one. All the lounge areas are most interesting to me. I love the idea of waking and then just stepping out and sitting on a nice balcony. The hardtop roof on the forward lounge is something I love. So much better than the canvas tops many have to raise. The ability to carry a 32' rigid tender is very unique in it's size range.
We just had a long thread in which electric was discussed and it's potential. Seems likely to be a very efficient boat with this system and pods.
The Wider 42 got my attention first a couple of years ago with the way the deck can be widened when anchored. Astondoa does interesting things with their Top Decks.
Some of the innovations start with larger boats and people willing to pay for them. But could a similar propulsion system find it's way into trawlers at some point? I don't see why not. It's not pie in the sky, it's running a real boat. What if your aft deck could be widened another 6' or 8' with the push of a button? Does that allow for a smaller boat?
Does owning a boat like the Wider 150 show someone has money? Obviously, but that doesn't make it stupid or pretentious. The owner might have chosen it versus a 250' Lurssen. Calling them stupid, judging them, seems more so to me.