Thanks for your feedback - very helpful, especially the reminder about the VAT. I should also pick my place of delivery carefully in that regard.
I looked at Southerly and a few other non-production boats. Personally I'm not convinced that semi hand build or custom build is better in terms of quality than a production boat. Especially on a Monday morning I tend to have more confidence in a robot than a human hand...
I'll check out the other manufacturers you suggested.