The post-apartheid fears of disorder in the country have gone mostly unrealized, and the boatbuilding industry has continued to thrive. This is thanks, in part, to provincial and local governments that see the industry as a way to put a largely unskilled workforce on the road to financial security through the training they receive working for the builders, says Veda Raubenheimer, CEO of the Cape Town Boatbuilders and Technology Initiative. The other side of the coin is that the workforce comes pretty cheap, allowing South African boatbuilders to offer their products at an attractive price point for Europeans and Americans, even after taking into account fairly substantial delivery costs. A significant portion of the labor pool has now become skilled enough in their trades that they're able to pick where they want to work. And their wages have increased with their skills. Still, most builders seem loyal to their workers and resist completely automating their plants in favor of keeping more people employed. Another facet of the South African-built boat is that it has to be built well. Thanks to the huge costs of shipping them to their destinations, most are sailed there, whether it's the 8,000 miles to the U.S. East Coast or 3,000 miles to Seychelles.