As some of you may know I'm on Lake Texoma. (Literally, went sailing this AM.)
We live 10 miles as the crow flies, about 45 miles by car from where the Valiants are made. Derebery marine is here along with legend marine group (the latter two are very respected 'go-fast" boys)
I'll second the low costs here, and add in the pride of "ownership" the local community has with these companies.
In the small towns around this 89,000 acre lake "everybody" knows "everybody" . Not many secrets out here. The pool of employment while narrow, is very deep. These "good 'ol boys" know what they're doing, and have intense pride in the quality of their workmanship.
The market driven forces have been at work.
There are only so many buyers of new "Bluewater" boats each year, and take into consideration that one will put you on the wrong side of 650k (before you start tinkering with the "standard" configuration) the pool of buyers shrinks even more.
Dad and I agree that the interior space on a tub like a Vailiant is tight. People that are interested in them already know and accept that.
Where a problem occurs is when a nouveau riche round-the-world-wannabe (or a person thats read far to many issues of Sail) compares a PSC/Valiant to a oh, who knows... Bene 473, and sez... the Bene is 5 ft longer, much bigger inside and 300k cheaper, why would I want that dark/cramped old time design PSC/Valiant?
You can't answer that question without wanting to smack 'em in the noggin.
We are not primarily on earth to see through one another, but to see one another through
Some people are like slinkies: not really good for anything... but you can't help laughing when you push them down the stairs