Have to agree with Alan and Matiboy as its all about supply and demand, if you have the skills, moulds and materials to hand you could probably build a rib at cost and have it tubed by a proffesional company, have Manos import a outboard from SA and you get yourself a boat at cost, but what do we really term as cost. Manos has carefully added together the total material costs for building a boat which may be accurate or not but he hasn't added in the labour costs (yes remember those untold hours up to your arm pits in gel coat and resin).
Now not currently owning a boat of my own (soon to be rectified i hope) and having looked and watched the conversations on this site for some time learning what and what not to buy or do and now having tried out lots of boats and speaking to various manufacturers i feel ready to buy my own boat,but the thought of spending so much on an engine does horrify me, could we not set up our own import business (with Manos's help) and import cheaper engines exactly the same as you can buy here into the UK and sell them cheaper, which i might add is exactly what internet car sales companys have done and thus force the big boys to drop there prices, just think for a second, if i can sell you a Honda 90 4 stroke for 3 or 4k instead of 7 or 8k and its exactly the same as you'd buy here where would you be going to buy it, i know what i'd do, then suddenly the price of your new boat has dropped down 3k.
Some time ago i asked Manos to price me up a 5.5 metre boat with nav light, A frame, two man centre consul and 90hp engine, trailer and i think he also threw in a cover to into the deal, he came back with a price new 7.5k for a Falcon 5.5m with Yam 90 4 stroke +import tax of course, so for around 10k you get a new spot on boat, now log onto the ribcraft page and have a look at there price list for packages, well it scared me anyway, if it matters to anyone i actually really like Ribcraft boats having driven and played with a few of them and would really love to own my own one but the prices scare me.
Ok sorry guys thought it was time to say my piece.