I think for build quality you have three considerations:
For each there are cheap
ways to do it and a range of more expensive ways. Others know far more than me, but here are my thoughts:
- assuming we are confining ourselves to GRP, there are two (?) considerations: material and process. A high end process will give you a small amount of resin with no voids. I "discount" process will give you more resin and/or voids. It would be interesting to hear form people in the industry who makes boats with little resin and few voids.
- High end boats will have semi-custom or custom interiors build by hand by high end craftsman with excellent joinery.
3) Fittings - High end boats will use high end, properly sized, fittings (rig, winches, fixtures, sails
, etc) instead of saving money
by skimping on quality or size.
I would be interested in what boats meet all of these criteria and also are built for cruising. I suspect very few. I would think there are a few boats that excel in all these areas. I would think they all would be custom or semi-custom.
I think there are more boats that are above average in all three of these categories, including high-end production and most semi-custom boats. Then there are lots of boats whose marketing
tries to convince us they fit into this second category, when really they do not.