Originally Posted by David M
Like all things new, you take your greatest depreciation hit in the first year and then the slope of the depreciation line very gradually starts to get closer and closer to level. If you are sensitive to the cost of depreciation but don't want to buy an old worn out boat then I would consider purchasing
a boat no younger than about 7 years old and no older than about 15 years. I think that is the sweet spot between the cost of depreciation and the cost of having to do major replacements
and major maintenance.
David M makes some good points. You have chosen manufacturers for which there should be a good supply of boats (at least with Lagoon
and Fountaine Pajot), so finding a boat shouldn't be an issue.
Of course you will probably get some posts regarding their pedigree and suggestions for more performance oriented, and/or less mass produced, boats. As with all boats, you have to decide both your price
point and what you intend to use the boat for.
Other factors that affect depreciation are whether the boat was/is in charter
and whether it is an "owner's" model. I think you especially have to consider his last statement if you are considering a boat coming out of charter
One reason it is difficult to measure depreciation is there is usually a large difference between BUC Value/Blue Book Value and market value. I know for a fact that two Lagoon
35s like mine sold within the past 6 months for about twice the BUC Value. Another presently for sale
will likely do the same. (A possible explanation for this, though, is that the supply of "smaller" catamarans (under 38') is somewhat limited--except for the Gemini