There is great value in these forums
when planning the in and out's of buying
the perfect cruising yacht/cat for you and your family
. Luckily i have been on both sides of the equation of both buying
and cruising for many years and also selling a number of them as well .
Regarding pricing of boats you need to get the finer details with the agent, parent company or dealer in your area when you are ready to order a boat . The power of the internet
has made the process of buying pretty transparent however you need to compare apples with apples . I notice the pricing quoted for the Leopard in the USA is actually the base price of the boat located in the South Africa
factory ex taxes
. I think you may find that a boat delivered to Newport
would be closer to 390K, if it was shipped maybe 420 K . If you added the additional cost of shipping
to Australia (approx 30K) plus 10% GST and 5% duty the 500K is probably spot on for a new order.
If you are looking to buy new or used out of Europe/USA/SA you may also want to get independent quotes from shipping
agents. Don't be surprised to see quotes exceeding 80K for deck
One last point is that although there are costs of ordering any new vessel and importing there are also opportunities that arise from parent companies bringing new vessels to market . The Leopard 39 that was exhibited in Australia was offered fully imported at 449,000 AUD on Australian websites . This was with full cruising gear
, larger motors and sail away . When you compare that with a new order ex factory or actually delivered to Newport
USA you might find that you are actually saving $$$$$
The A$485,000 price tag for the Leopard 39 was for a base price, shipped and fully imported to Australia, complete with a pair of "base" 19 hp engines. That's US$509,000 at current
Of course it's possible to save money
by sailing it home yourself if you have the time and the guts to trust a vessel straight out of the factory for a southern Indian Ocean crossing
. But that's not the point, I'm comparing "boat show special" prices in the US with the same boat at a similar show in Australia. Either way you're looking at a huge price difference of nearly 1.8 times the price!
I agree with your comment about the importer's cost spreadsheet. I have studied both the Australian Leopard and Lagoon
spreadsheets and have been very surprised indeed. Almost every cost from "commissioning" to essential cruising gear that was omitted from the base boat has a cost loaded with an extremely high margin.
I know importers need to make a profit, market forces and all that, but if our friends in the States can do things so much cheaper maybe we Aussies should ask why can't we? If the Aussies importer's (OZcat?) could go close to matching the US imported price then there'd be a lot more Leopards floating in Australian waters.[/QUOTE]