Con­trolled growth

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The boat is res­o­lutely de­signed to be sim­ple to han­dle. “They sail eas­ily and they’re very light. I can come into port by my­self, and han­dle her my­self,” Ficht­ner says. “With a big­ger boat you al­ways need a team – you are never alone.”

That said, there is a big­ger boat on the hori­zon. Tak­ing its cues from the look and han­dling of the LA28, a larger 35-footer has been de­signed and will shortly en­ter the build phase. At 10.8m long, she can still be trail­ered, thanks to an all-up tow­ing weight of just less than 3.5 tonnes.

“I want to in­vest in qual­ity,” says Ficht­ner de­ter­minedly. “My dream would be to build just three boats per year.”

There seems to be a pre­pon­der­ance of bil­lion­aires among the own­er­ship ranks of LA Yachts, so per­haps three a year is more am­bi­tious than it sounds.

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