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Old 17 October 2012, 15:34   #61
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Wow! Didn't expect as much debate as this (well, did really).

So, I've learned: -

Hard boats are cheap because they are mass produced and don't hold their vale. Except those imported cheaply when the $ value was poor against the who do hold their vale because they were cheap to start with.

Ribs are expensive because they are bespoke built in the UK, but the current market means they are cheap because people will do anything to get rid of them.

New ribs are expensive because they are fashion items and people will pay a lot of money to out-do their peers. But they are cheap because they will last a long time and out-perform hard boats that are made (in the states) of marzipan!

Rib manufacturers are making a fortune because they are selling bespoke models to feckless idiots who will buy anything that's got a 14" touch screen GPS (and stripey seats). But they also go out of business because the development costs can never be recouped from a niche (bespoke) product and they don't share the costs amongst other manufacturers.

The Chinese are bastards!

Have I got that right?
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Old 17 October 2012, 15:35   #62
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Just a teensy weensy bit of an over simplification
Not really, the bits that count are identical, engine, running gear, touchy-feely things like switches etc., all but the body.
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Old 17 October 2012, 16:04   #63
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Have I got that right?
Largely what I read too. I thought it was Praline, not Marzipan though?
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Old 17 October 2012, 16:28   #64
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Quite a debate.
I guess rib net SR owners are the perfect example ,the very fact they are still solid now and with a little tlc can make a safe fun rib which out performs most modern 4 and 5 meter ribs, is testament to Galt glass and George Marvin who built and designed them from decent materials , some as far back as the 70,s. Can't think of any other brands which have lasted as well from the same period? Early Scorpions possibly.
We have never been a mass producer, we chose to give a premier finish and choice but in relatively small numbers. We can build them from our yard keeping overheads low. If I wanted to increase production I would have to rent or buy another unit more staff probably having to double production for the same profit. I guess walk or sprint if you like. If you sprint it is very hard to slow down, easy to fall!
You can find an import rib at half the price of mine , may last five or six years and then need replacement tubes . If you look at the state of the rest of the boat you will debate weather it is worth spending the money . May be you can't justify purchasing a rib a our prices, but our average client will move the boat on within five years, if we have done our job it will still look good at a vastly reduced price . Some pictures of the Venture 10m ,Vis diesel tender and the new Cutter. All built from scratch in the past 18 months.

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Old 17 October 2012, 16:33   #65
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Nice looking boats.
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The next thread should be... Why are Outboard Engines so Expensive.
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Old 17 October 2012, 18:16   #67
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The next thread should be... Why are Outboard Engines so Expensive.
Okay, so why are they?
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The Chinese are bastards!

Have I got that right?
The man with the red pen will be along shortly
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Not really, the bits that count are vaguely similar
, engine, running gear, touchy-feely things like switches etc., all but the body.
There you go ... made it right for you
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