Yes, 200K for 40 footer is very good price, this price also includes a pair of reversible electric Harken winches. I beleive this is due to their aggressive research in developing better manufacturing process - strong, less costly and faster. Cutting down or use cheaper material like using more particle board (IKEA style). Automated their plant so less labor cost. I fear if this trend continues, the small time boat builders will be the beginning of their end. Soon all it left are the mega manufactures and a handful of boutique boat builders who are cater to the high-end market.
Survival of the fittest, the natural selection is brutal, unfair and discriminating for those being replaced.
Well, I would look at it with a pretty skeptical eye. If they can produce a solid, well made 40 footer in that range that would be great. My concern is where they have cut corners. The issue with sailboats is that a huge percentage of the boat is from thrid party manuacturers. Not much you can do to lower those costs but to buy in bulk and even then is small decrease in prices. But with oil at a high, thus the cost of resin at a high, I still am trying to figure that out. How thich are those hulls? How much E glass or kevlar are they putting in it? What is the keel made of?
THe price included is full sail away or is that only the base? THere seems to be a trend in some manufacturers to put out this base price that does not include little things like sails (I am joking, kinda) or basic equipment that will be needed. Apples-apples.
Again, I have NOT seen the boat or sailed it. It is nice to read the positive remarks made here about it. I have long been frustrated with the very high cost of boats as it pushes away a lot of sailors. But the margins on sailboats is very thin so somehow, somewhere, there are cuts. Its not my money - I already own my boat!!! SO I really don't care, but I am saying to really do a hard comparrison between similar boats, including bene, Catalina, and Hunter. Buy the best boat for your needs, not the cheapest. Cabinetry especially is one of those things that manufacturers love to skimp on as it looks good in the boat show, makes teh boat nice and airy since they just put in shelves, but is not practical except at the marina and is HELL to put in and make look good afterwards. If they are using too much cheap veneer, it will peel in a few years (or less) and looks terrible and is expensive to fix and make look. Forget selling your boat if the veneer is peeling away or water damaged. Other things that come to mind are wire runs and plumbing runs, how deep is the bilge (very important on flat bottom boats because when on a long tack you want that water running to the bottom of the bilge), engine accessibility especially for the oil filter and impeller, expandable panel (another area where they love to skimp as electrical is expensive), inner spring mattresses (Will never go back to foam pads), basic electronics like depth, wind, speed, and VHF. DO they have a core sample from the hull and where was it taken? Is the hull cored, where does it stop, why? Tankage both water and fuel (important because this is not easily changed). THose are a few ideas of things to compare against boats.
THere are also some amazing deals on used boats for 200k that are worth considering. GO shop 200k around and see what you can get and as you walk through that boat, don't get turned on by all the nice new shinny aspects of it. Dig deep into it and question why it is so much cheaper. Ask Catalina why it is. Ask Hunter, etc.
Hope you take my message as it was meant - not harping on the boat, just wondering how?
PS If it comes with inmast furling, you will not use the electric winches much if at all. We have a rule not to use them at all on ours as it is a great way to make a jam. If slab reef, you will use them to raise and lower main and to hoist people up the mast.