Originally Posted by Sonar
Does a name make one rib more expensive than another. if so Why ??
brand - same reason that an Audi is more expensive than the skoda that is essentially the same car but with slightly different finishing. The more reputable brand also should keep its value better. if you are busy you can afford to charge more.
I think there all made in the same way..
I guess some builders would dispute this - saying that they take more time / care etc. I don't think people would say the others are bad quality - just not finished to the same spec.
Scale of production is an issue. If it costs X to get a designer to draw you a hull and then make a plug and mould (assuming your not just ripping off someone elses!) then you need to recover those costs. If you make 10 boats of that design (in the time you want the investment back) then you need to charge more than they guy making essentially the same thing but able to bang out 30 boats. A lot of boat builders will therefore use one hull design/tool to make 2 or 3 different lengths of boat - enabling them to get the return quicker (and/or offer a wider range of boats). To some extent at least 2 of those boats must be compromises on the 'perfect' design.
The thought/planning and effort involved in making bespoke / custom boats means that if you let customers pick any console in any position with any fuel tank etc then its going to take longer/more skill to fit out each boat than if every boat is identical. Likewise if you let people 'spec' their own tube colours/patches/handles etc.
Prices are also probably quite hard to compare unless you are into detailed quotes. Some people quote a package price; others quote the hull only. Even a package price is unlikely to include all the bells and whistles options (a frame, wear patches, electronics etc).