Windschill, you are rubbing salt in the wound here.
I have started first (since I do not have any boats to sell unlike the majority of the people in this Forum) complaining about the exorbitant prices of RIBs (forget the sunseekers etc and the sailing boats) that manufacturers and retailers charge.
I find it ridiculous and also an insult to my intelligence that certain manufacturers want me to make me believe that say a 10 mtr cabin RIB 'because is made out of the best materials' (this is rubbish) costs over 130/150K to buy. And their smaller RIBs of say 7.50mtrs cost 45K+.
They must think that people are STUPID with a capital S. And I think that some are since they go and buy these boats for money that can buy half a house or 2 high tech cars. Further no one says to you that after you walk out of the showroom with the boat (never put it in the water) the boat will lose 25-30% of its value. Try this, buy a new boat from a dealer and after (say) a week take it back and say I don't like it please have it back and give me my money. See how much money the dealer will give you back. DEFINITELY not the amount you paid for the boat but 25%+ less.
In fact I know that a certain RIB manufacturer when he sells one of the bigger version RIBs he is making is NETTING (after labour and material cost) between 60-70K!!!!
Well he only needs to sell one of those RIBs and he's made it for a year!!!
I was met with a lot of bad feeling about my thoughts in this matter since (as I said before) the majority of the people in this Forum are in the boat trade and in one way or the other and they felt threaten (as I would if I was in their shoes) with my comments.
They do not want people to know. Do they??
Manufacturers just hide behind statements like high labour costs, very good material and all shorts of other rubbish they come up with to justify their greed.
Well if you look around you can see that to employ semiskilled and unskilled labour you don't need that much. And no one can convince me that you need people with PhDs to glue or make the fibre glass of a boat.
The material is issue is rubbish also as fibre glass is fibre glass (costing 3 euros/kg) and Hypalon (if you say specify ORCA which is got a good reputation) it will cost you about 3.5/4.5K for a 9-10 mtr boat.
I agree with you. There is no logic and people just pay without questioning anything.
Well not all people do that. Some are more clever than others If you know what I mean
PS Now I will have all the RIBNet coming hard on me but who B...Y cares