A 7.8m (7.5m) Scorpion built by RIBCO under licence in Greece is 58,000 Euro with 250 Yam HPDI. Plus VAT. Not including trailer. By my maths thats £40k odd. Plus VAT. Plus trailer. Not so cheap in Greece eh? (http://www.ribcomarine.com
). They also have a second hand 7.5m on their books for Euro 27k = £18k which sounds about right for a 97 boat and EFi engine.
All comes down to you get what you pay for. Scorpion seem to find enough people willing to pay the price and the product is truly excellent. Even the old ones like mine. I tried other RIBS and am very happy where I ended up. And I'd rather have my one overpriced second hand Scorpion than two new 10k boats thanks.
BTW Crazyhorse, new boat in 97 would have been what 25-30k? (not the 45k price of today of course). 30% or less depreciation over 5 years? Not unreasonable for a RIB IMHO.