One of my strong points (can be considered a fault as well), is not taking things at face value with a little bit of over analyzing...probably OCD has something to do with it.
I'm looking at a new boat and these questions have to do with optional equipment.
Met with a dealer that had a 2009 and it was offered with optional equipment (electronics,autopilot). Even though the options were priced @ MSRP(which he was discounting), they were not installed on the boat as of yet.
Here's my questions...
-Is the dealer attempting to increase his profits by installing these options locally rather than ordering the boat from the factory outfitted a certain way?
It all depends. Honestly, I think that some dealers do a better job than the factory. However, sometimes it may be easier to install at the factory when things are not so tight or pieces are missing. I will tell you that I prefer for the owner or dealer to do many things like this and let me tell you why:
1) When things break, the person that put it in knows right where to go. He installed it, after all.
2) You want to make sure that EVERY installed item can come out just like it went in. The reasons for this are obvious.
-Is there an advantage/disadvantage having options installed at the factory?
ie: quality of workmanship, warranty issues, etc.
I think on some things it does not matter (basic electronics) while on others the factory may do better and in some cases a sub contractor may do better. For example, I really think Catalina does a great job on their basic canvas. However, if you want some changes in that or you want something more heavy duty, youwould be better off dealer installed by a pro where you can discuss the things in detail.
-Is it better to have any canvas/cushions come from the factory or have it custom made locally?
Answeers above. however, regarding cushions, go with the factory. I would probably do the same with canvas. They make so many of them that they have the process down very well and you may actuially save $$ because of that.
Thanks for your responses and hope this doesn't turn into a "buy a previously owned boat" debate......