Redbull... you are right of course that it would be possible for a high volume production boat mfr. to produce a very seaworthy
blue-water boat with all the right attributes at a cost that would be substantially reduced from the current
crop of semi-production and custom boats.
The problem is that the boat would still be priced way higher than their non-bluewater boats and would not have any appeal to the 95% + boaters who do not need a blue water
vessel and want to spend their boat bucks on other things...whether they be Bose music
systems or Mylar sails
In order to JUSTIFY the tools and equipment
for such a vessel...the mfr. needs to be able to sell in VOLUME. Thats why you don't see 'em.
Cheapest 35-45' current
production boat suitable for long term ocean cruising I see out there is the Caliber 40. It would go for about 350-400k suitably equipped whereas a Hunter41 equipped for comfortable coastal cruising would run about 100k less...and the Caliber cockpit
probably provides about the same space as a Hunter
36 from a WAF (wife acceptance factor) standpoint.
Does anyone else know of a bluewater 35-45' currently produced boat that comes in at less than $350k for new?