By this, Captain Goss means that an owner of a classic can look forwarded to working with like-minded captains and crew. “Crew on classics have a lot of passion for what they do,” he explains. “A modern boat skipper will probably be more performance oriented and technically inclined. Of course, it is not unusual for a contemporary skipper to gravitate to classics later on in his or her career, much the same way as people retire to the country, or develop a love of antiques or classic cars.”
“It takes a huge commitment these days for an individual to field a proper, classically styled yacht, and those owners should be applauded.”
But with the yachting industry constantly evolving, and with new technology interfering with traditional methods, a truly classic yacht is getting harder and harder to come by. “It is easy to discard traditionalism,” he adds. “It could be argued that the so-called 'superyacht' industry is growing so fast that there aren't enough traditionally capable people to go around.
“If we think of yachting in the grand old days of the 1920s and 30s we think classic, but they were in fact state-of-the-art at the time and most of their crew were drawn from a rich source of seamen and fishermen steeped in tradition. We don't have that continuity today.”
While the number of classic and traditional yachts may be being increasingly outnumbered by modern yachts on the water, Goss does not believe this means that the number of passionate classic owners is fading. “Even the most dismissive modern yachtsman will have admiration for a well found classic when he or she sees one on the water, even though the intricacies are probably beyond them,” he concludes. “It takes a huge commitment these days for an individual to field a proper, classically styled yacht, and those owners should be applauded.”