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post #9 of Old 07-30-2013
miatapaul
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Re: New Catalina Pricing

My understanding is that the dealers have very little margin in the sale of the physical boat, but make there money in the outfitting. I would imagine that Catalina will only allow so much discount as well. They make more off of the electronics packages, locally installed options like AC, generators, bigger winches, sails and what not. Seems that is where you can save some money.

With all the deals on used boats, why buy new, especially if you are not happy with your local dealer, as he will likely be the one to do any warranty work anyway, and you are already not happy with the quality of service they give. You can often move up a step in quality by going used. I personally would not want to take the big hit on that first few years of depreciation. After all boats last 50+ years, it's not like a car where it is much more reliable the first 4 or 5 years. Sounds like you had issues that were caused by Catalina, not by the dealer but they were unable to fix to your satisfaction.
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