My 3 year plan and dream is to sell my home and business, move back to Newport
RI where I lived as a boy, and buy a 50 - 60 foot blue water
cruiser, which my wife and I will sail together on extended cruises to the Mediterranean
I am researching many sailboat options and educating myself. What I am having trouble getting my arms around is whether it is worth paying 2 to 4 times more for a high-end semi-custom yacht compared to buying
a less expensive production yacht.
For example, at the base price
of $1,811,250 a Discovery 57 costs 2.3x more than a Jenneau 57 priced at $778,540. Another example, priced at $1,033,890 a Regina Pilothouse 49 costs 3.6x more than a Jenneau 50DS priced at $290,460.
What are the extra benefits the extra cost of a high end Discovery or Regina yacht buys compared to what you get when you buy a production boat built by Jenneau or Benneteau? Which option offers the best VFM (Value For Money)?
I read that the Jenneaux and Benneteax boat builders achieve economies of scale which allow them to product high quality boats at low cost. Does the quality of these production boats really match the quality produced by the low volume builders like Discovery and Regina?