I hope to have my house sold sometime soon and replace it with a boat. Have been looking at boats on-line for three years (have seen some boat listings now for 3 years with their "recent" price
reductions that haven't changed a dime). When I started looking I stated at about $250k and then just kept lowering the number till I couldn't find a selection of boats that matched my wants. This finally got be to $100k and less where I still end up with 6 or so boats on my list to possibly go see. So I started moving back up in price
to see if it was worth spending more (I made a add-on price list to help in figuring out whether the extra equipment
was worth the higher pricing to me). What I have figured out from this is that an extra $50k:
* Doesn't seem to really have impact on the quality of boat.
*Anyways pops up a model where someone thinks their boat is worth $50k more than everyone elses samething.
* Gets a boat with more "flash" for same size/space etc. And this is beyound what I already considered as nice flash to start with.
* Doesn't seem to weed out some of the lower rep production boats (for all the bad mouthing mid 40' Hunters have same or higher pricing than lots of brands that are thought of as "better" if reading in forums)
Besides the flash the one thing that is really starting to show up is whether the manufacturer is still in business. If the company is still in business their boats are priced higher. It is almost like the thinking is that if a company closed they couldn't possibly have built as good a boat as one that managed to stay in business. As an example a mid 80s Hunter
is more than the same Pearson
. While I guess you could make the case that a company that closed couldn't be building as good a product so it's price should be lower I don't think this is true.
So to a question: In a mid/low 40' cruiser boat less than $150k, do you think it is worth $30-50k to have a brand name that is still in business (all other things about the boats being the same). If so or not; why?