Actually there is a third category, semi-custom.
Custom allows you to design exactly what you want and the assumption is that no production boat is that. Now it can also be a builder
that is only custom. You'll see more custom in aluminum
as there's no mold
involved and not a huge cost difference. In fiberglass
, a custom costs considerably more than production because no boats to spread the costs of the mold
and tooling. Custom might do something that production boats don't, but, depending on the builder
, could have issues too.
Semi Custom typically has a production hull
so the cost benefit of that but allows you to customize the interior
to meet your own desires. Some allow everything to be customized and some very little.
Production has advantages in proven design, cost, and time to build. However, your ideal boat may not exist as a production boat.