The monohull and catamaran markets are very different.
In the monohull market people were used to their boats holding value very well. About 10-15 years ago came Bavaria
selling new boats at a substatially lower price. You could get a new Bavaria
at a lower price then a 15 year old boat from other manufacturers. At first, the general opinion was that Bavaria was bad boats. How could something that cheap
be any good. Through time people have seen that their quality was much better than anticipated. The other manufucators (Beneteau, etc) had now choice but to follow Bavaria further strengthenin the trend.
The other thing is that boats are lasting quite well. With an increasing amount of boats in the market of different ages, there is a tremedous oversupply which will only increase, leading to an higher rate of losing value.
The catamaran market is different. On the good side, I think more and more people will discover the benefits so the number of buyers will increase. On the negative, a large percentage of multis goes into charter
. To charter a boat is fairly costly so the customers expect a very fresh boat and will not accept any breakage small or big. As a result, the charter companies needs to renew their fleet pumping second hand boats into a relatively small market. This affects non charter cats as well in the same way Bavaria affected the rest of the mono market.
So unfortunately boats are depretiating more now than in the past and I think the trend will continue. I recently sold my two boats as I'm going to buy a catamaran, and if you want to sell you just have to bite the bullit as its not going to get better even with a healthier economy. The oversupply of used boat
of all kind will not decrease.
Just buy a boat and enjoy all the pleasure its going to give you. Its like a drug, and we cannot live without it.