Originally Posted by falcon0310
most off the boys that work for sunseeker, fairline earn that before tax, are they cutting courners ?
as said if you have low overheads than you can build boats well
look it this way if tubes for 7/8 m are 4/5 k + vat
fiberglass for the above is max 3 k + vat
labour 3 weeks 2.5 k
overheads /profit 3 k
seats stainless 2/3 k
why charge over 20 k + vat for above size
Many a business has failed based on those type of crazy assumptions! I like the way you are paying the guy doing the work £700 / wk but the "overheads/profit" which have to cover all the building, plus the sales/marketing comes to less - the owner would be going home with nothing! And you have forgotten the design / build / development / ce marking costs etc, especially since a credible builder needs a range of boats, a demo boat etc.
Do you know how much a boat show stand costs? Or a full page magazine ad every issue of RIBmag?
And the 'cost of money' (whether it is your own or borrowed) is pretty significant - so you need to factor in the start up capital and its interest.
The reason there are unsuccessful rib builders is not high prices, but lack of basic business understanding from people who get a notion to build ribs.
Originally Posted by gotchiguy
I went on the Sunday and was a little disappointed. I understand that it was the last day but no one seemed hugely interested in talking to me or discussing their products.
The bike show next door seemed a lot more busy than the boat show itself
But to be fair you probably don't appear to be the obvious boat buying demographic... ...you probably look more likely to have got bored looking at bikes and gone for a nosey... it may not be right to ignore customers but I've walked a lot of trade shows and if you are seriously interested (i.e. going to spend money) I've never had an issue getting attention or taken seriously.
Originally Posted by clydeoutboards
opening line on a 13k boat was are you sure you can afford it!
not the best way of qualifying customers - but I bet he gets rid of a lot of tyre kickers with it!