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Re: Bluewater cruising cat for 150K? (Challs happy, happy no controversial cat thread
Find above not logical. Believe basic paradigm to be incorrect.
When you buy a truck you pay more as load carrying ability increases this translates into increasing weight of the vehicle. Be it pick up trucks, straight frames or tractor trailer. Bigger/stronger, heavier suspension, heavier frame, engine etc. Then you think about conveniences and comfort for the driver.
When you buy a supercar or race car you pay increasingly progressively obscene amounts of money for each ounce of weight taken off the vehicle. Then you think about what can be done to make the driver function better and move the car faster.
Same applies here. This dynamic goes back to the ultralights of the 60s. It’s nothing new. Vacuum bagging panels, using prepreg, baking large boats in huge high tech ovens isn’t cheap. Nor is hand constructing a turbo Bentley. Once one thinks about whether the vessel is a displacement hull meant to function solely in displacement mode or plane/foil the aesthetic of the infill is in large measure determined.
Sure you have many pretenders in production boat aesthetics. But it’s like putting ground effects on a econobox. Also for purposes of marketing there’s a disconnect between the surface look and quality of construction.
Much is made of wood looks in the above pretty pictures. Verneers can be done cheaply or be quite expensive. Take a walk through NEB or similar yard. Then walk through LM. Then go up to Covey.
You’ll see solid wood built to last beautifully through multiple generations, sandings, and refinishings and high tech wood with the strength of steel at nominal weight. With current technologies you can achieve a particular “ look” (race boat/ luxury boat/ commercial boat) and keep to a certain price point. Or the “look” can evolve from the function of the vessel and expections of the owner.
Unfortunately at present believe the “look” comes first in production boats as selling is what drives production. The function comes in second.