Wow! $600K for a 40 footer!
I won't broadcast the names and prices I got when shopping
recent designs all over the planet, but this is very high. Its not fair to directly compare because I only understand what is in our designs, not what is in Kit Cat's designs.
Nevertheless, the cost of boats is poorly correlated with length, rather better correlated with displacement
. Actually, builders seem to use functions for the structural hull
that are based on material, process, displacement
, and then add the price
of the stuff. On a crude scale for powerboats, the fully fitted cost is usually around $25 per pound, including international marketing
, sales, inventory, production overhead. For custom boats, one gets rid of those very expensive costs (about 40% of the total, or maybe $10 per pound) but then one needs to add in the cost of design (negotiated, sometimes time and material, sometimes fixed fee, sometimes 5 to 10% of the total build cost) and the cost of the one-off deck
molds (insignificant -- think $5K for a 50 footer).
I have seen pricing based on weight x material being about $8 to $10 per pound for one off foam/fiberglass/vinylester/awlgrip to mirror finish (hand layup but vacuum bagged). This is from some of the world's best boat builders worldwide, including in California
. That price is not based on ugly boxy or developable surfaces, but on extravagantly anything goes shapes. Then add whatever junk you want for the total price.
Hence, a custom one-off with truly beautiful design and styling, built by a world class builder
of low maintenance
, long life materials, with super high finish quality, and pretty nice equipment
too, should come in at about $17 per pound.
For a 40 footer, that should be an awful lot cheaper than $15K per foot unless its so over equipped, over powered, and over built as to be the kind of boat you REALLY don't want to own. Maybe lust after, maybe buy, but not own or use. A Hinckley, for example.
I understand why a builder would want to go for that market -- people who spend it like they stole it (and probably did) -- but I can't understand why a rational boat buyer would go for it.