Having a cat built by a small company can be risky business as unethical behavior by a few principals in the company can steal the dreams of many people.
When we had our Privilege
built in France
around 1992, the American dealer was having financial problems that could have cost us tons of money if we were unlucky. The American Dealer was nearly insolvent and was borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. Jeantot Yachts was reticent to release our yacht from the factory because all of the money had not been paid on a previous yacht ordered by the American dealer. We had a lawyer do some legal
maneuvers so that the yacht never passed into possession of the American dealer and it would not become an asset of the company to be haggled over in bankrupty proceedings. Very scary.
I learned my lesson. Always buy a yacht through an agent who has an escrow account that keeps everything on the up and up. The Privilege
dealer eventually was taken over by a new owner and never had to declare bankrupty.