I got this email a little while back from a friend of mine who is a broker. Sorry for the pagination issues. It does not copy well from the email. Basically. the first price is the list price, the second price is the Boat Show Pricing the third number is the savings:
List Price Purchase Before Dec 8 Savings
Catalina 275 $98,081 $98,081
Catalina 315 $178,548 $170,913 $7,635
Catalina 355 $241,144 $230,244 $10,900
Catalina 385 $282,551 $276,571 $14,890 *
Catalina 445 $389,569 $369,244 $20,325 *
Hunter 33 $173,378 $160,905 $12,473
Hunter 37 $242,029 $224,606 $17,423
Hunter 40 $307,798 $288,703 $19,095
Hunter 45DS $429,507 $408,872 $20,635
Hunter 50AC $526,547 $484,312 $42,235
Hunter 50CC $550,894 $518,603 $32,291
Blue Jacket 40 $432,320 $425,163 $7,157
Wow... I simply cannot believe some of these prices.
So, a 31 foot Catalina, a production boat, will cost you roughly $171k (that is WITH THE BOAT SHOW DISCOUNT). With sales tax: $182,000. Now does that include any electronics? Bottom Job? Full set of canvas? Tender and outboard? Air Conditioning? Inverter? Realistically, you are going to add many more thousands to that boat and I could easily see you being into that boat for $200k... for a 31 foot boat!!
Look at the other prices... you will easily be into a 445 at $400k (especially when adding all the electronics, generator, air conditioning, etc)... well over half a million for a 50' Hunter... etc.
I guess it has just been too long since I went to a boat show and saw the prices. I am floored. I am not sure what has driven these prices so high. Is it oil? The cost of parts? Wood? In this economy, I really doubt it is demand. I would sure like to know how many families are taking off, buying one of these boats, and going cruising. Heck, are any of them buying these boats at all even for weekending?
Is it just me, or are these prices out of the world?
Most things are less expensive in US but not boats. A Benetau Oceanis 41 costs here (standard boat without transport but with 20% tax) around 260 000 USD, without discount and on boat show discount is around 9%.
I guess that are just the prices that cost to make those boats in US, even the mass production inexpensive ones. I am sure they all are trying to make the best prices they can.
There are at least a good new on that list: comparatively to the Catalina and considering the quality difference I don't find the Bluejacket very expensive. It costs just a bit more then the Catalina 45.
But of course those are just basic boats, a very equipped boat can cost easily more 30 or 40%.
That also explains why used boats with few years are less expensive here than in the US, not only there are more on the used market as they were less expensive when new.