Originally Posted by Polwart
So if everyone "rounds down" the boatyard / marina increase prices to compensate then anyone 'honest' is paying over the odds because some folks who could afford £20k ish for a boat, and £20+ an hour in fuel but who want to save 25% on marina fees...
It was not really about the money aspect, however as I said if every boat is measured "enthusiastically" then that could add up to some decent additional
money for the yard. It was more of a point of interest at this stage as sure the boat might be longer or shorter than the Avon specification plate states. If it were a cheap Chinese made RIB then fine I could understand the tolerance factor. But this is an MOD RIB which clearly states 5.4M - not 5.6/5.2 etc. Why bother putting the size of the thing on it in the first place. Why not just call it a Searider 5M ish ;-)
As said before the extra money is not an issue in the big scheme of things. I was not asking for boatyards to "round down" the prices at all. I originally just wanted to canvas others to see if
1- this is common in that boats are longer than specifications indicate
2- is it possible that a boatyard may increase the length in the off chance that many owners wont question this and just accept the extra charge?
What I have gained so far from replies sounds sensible to me - measure the boat first, respectfully discuss the matter further should the boat be 5.4 and avoid being "pompous".
Matter sorted from my point of view. Thanks everybody for all your help :-)