Originally Posted by cuttlefish
It might not be question of whether you can afford it or not, but on how much you WANT to spend on a boat, and for that you really have to have some idea! Are we looking at £10k, 20k, 100k, 250k, etc.
And, in any event, even if I can''t afford it, that's no reason to think of me as some kind of miserable scumbag: I might want to know the price to start saving, or perhaps sell my house.
But Rupert - its not a big secret - you can pick up the phone and discuss it with them (you may need a translator if their from Shetland). I think you can safely say that even their smallest boat is not at the bottom end of your scale fully kitted up. My point wasn't suggesting that you were miserable if you couldn't afford it, or would need to save for it (I couldn't afford it - although I am also miserable). The point was if you seriously had, could get, or were prepared to find a way to get a £100k say to spend on a boat of that type then you'd quite happily call them up to discuss it - what you get for your money etc. If however you are looking for the cheapest boat you can get - then they are not going to be the place to get it.
Given that as Spartacus points out their customer base is commercial/government they also presumably get involved in tenders etc. If you have rigid prices, publishing them help your competition, and also means you've set a maximum price and can't go 'up' from there.