Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Washington State
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I have bought 4 new boats and never done that. Of course, I pretty much knew what I was getting. At the dealer I worked with, you can call and get your money back. THough it would piss them off, and in theory they could keep your money, I have never know them to keep the money (even at times when they should have).
Brezzin is very, very right about one thing: you buy your boat from the dealer. You have to change your mindset to interviewing the dealer.... not just the boat. A very common mistake amongst boat purchasers is they will shop prices against dealers. The thought process is that a Ford is a Ford, right? It all comes from the same yard, right? One dealer just wants to charge more for it so they can buy a bigger Mercedes, right??
Well, that might be right in Sea Rays and motor boats, but not in sail boats... especially Catalina.
I will not divulge it on this board as I feel it is proprietary, but I know EXACTLY what my dealer makes (as they are friends). I was shocked. I couldn't make money that way. And yet, they lose deals to other dealers. How? Becuase they return a lot of their money back into their people and business (especially their service). Other dealers have some schmuck with a hammer and screwdriver paid minimum wage to do their service work. Thus, they can have a lower profit margin and still make money. And if you think for a second you buy your boat from one dealer then take it to another for service, aren't you going to be suprised!!! It is a boat, not a Ford. And although they might have some clause from the manufacturer that they HAVE to fix your tub, that does not mean it HAS to be done in a timely and proper fashion.
You buy your boat from the dealer. Do not base your purchase decision solely off of price. Base it off of their time in business, ethics, service, and especially their reputation. Otherwise you might be sitting on a quarter million dollar + headache.
PS I am not sure this is what you meant?? If not, just explain and I will try and help further.