Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
Buying new won't get you as much as you think it will for £40k, from any of the well known manufacturers, especially when you start fitting it out with toys & shiny bits.
Was that directed at Willk or iberfoptic? I'm pretty sure Willk has a good idea what you might walk away from Redbay with for £40k! I'm not sure iberfoptic will get what he wants there for that money either - but if he genuinely has £40k in his pocket he should arrange to go and discuss it with them and get sea trial(s). Cash talks. He should do the same with other manufacturers. I wouldn't be spending 40k without trying the same hull and similar engines unless there was a great incentive - ideally you'd want to try then in the sort of conditions you plan to use them it in too. I think some sea trials will also help work out what it is you want from a boat - its all very well looking nice, or being the fastest on a mirror calm sea but if its tied up in the marina most of the year because its too choppy to go out then its pretty pointless.
I guess your point was that many builders price the hull, engines, trailer, tube detailing, stainless steel work, seats, electronics, console all separately and then charge you extra for screwing it all together! and so what looks like a good price quickly becomes very expensive. Not all builders work quite the same approach and some will do a 'package price' even for a bespoke boat. I'd be surprised if the time of year, how much of a rush you are in, and the current workload doesn't also give a room for negotiation for projects which will fill a gap or are far enough out to give confidence for later in the year.
Having said all that I think anyone who goes and spends £40k on a brand new rib for the first time is probably bonkers. You'd get a respectable second hand boat for half that price use if for a year to work out what you really want and sell it for much the same as you paid for it.