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Why performance boats are ex+ensive.
I only met people discussing why a First 35 is more expensive than an Oceanis 34 even if the Oceanis has a much better interior...
Yes, many years ago that made me confusion too. In fact it takes some knowledge to know that a better interior is much more cheap to build than to buy bigger and more winches, bigger and better mast, bigger and better sails and all quality rigging that is needed on a performance boat. Performance boats have also a superior stability and are normally narrower and that means a bigger B/D ratio and a stronger hull and structure to take the efforts.
All this put together is what explains why a First 35 (a great boat) is substantially more expensive than an Oceanis 34. The Oceanis 34 is built to have a nice interior and be an inexpensive sailboat that sails well. The first 35 is built to be as inexpensive as possible, having a good cruising interior and to sail very well.
The difference between to sail well and to sail very well is always a expensive one and the difference between sailing very well and sailing outstandingly well is even more expensive
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