Originally Posted by kd3pc
sorry to say, that You will be quite surprised to find that your "some number X theory fails to hold water", so to say. Completely invalid from the get go.
Most dealers are lucky to get (or have) single digit percentage profit or margins in a $200K boat. And as for those expensive dealer add ons...it is often cheaper to have the package installed and ready to go, than to have to pull the boat, run electrical and comms wiring through non existant chases and such.
And unless you are doing all the work yourself, you will find that yard rates are quite high. Some electronics has NO warranty unless installed by a factory trained tech, or factory trained shop.
There is simply not sufficient profit in a new boat for those 2X and 4X margins. Builder to dealer may have 10%, dealer to you perhaps another 5%-8%. Subtract out expenses and overhead...for each...and you will have a number to work with.
Best of luck
I offered 140% of X per my calculations (including the tradein within this amount - which happens to be worth X). Dealers reply was - paraphrasing: "this wont event cover the top-notch quality options, 'logistics' and bottom paining".
I think i am on to something here...