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Dealer margins on New Boats
Regarding VHF. Just as an example. Catalina and Beneteau may charge $640 for the installation of the RayMarine 45 VHF.
This is the smallest most afforable VHF that RayMarine sells. You can buy it aftermarket for $129.00. Wow, what a difference. So, ask the dealer to order the boat with the necessarry wiring for your VHF, but you go ahead and buy a better unit. (The RayMarine 45 is great, just doesn''t have some of the modern day options) The standard Horizon Ecipse might cost you $195.00 or there bouts''. The wiring by the manufcaturere migt cpst you $500.00 so you are about the same place with a more versitile VHF that includes the optional RAM mic.
So there we go. I know people who order their new boat with very basic options. They get all their Navigation, commuication and radar equipment after-market and have the dealer install it all when the boat arrives. You save thousands and in fact can get upgraded equipment for less than the dealer quoted you for the asic "stuff".
All the best,