I can virtually assure you that you will not be able to negotiate on the price
; however, you may have negotiating power on what add-ons you get for the money
As for what we got and didn't, it is really an individual preference issue, as well as what you might be bringing with you. For example, Manta has a good dinghy/engine pack, but we already had a good engine
and some other items that are part of that pac. So we purchased a new dinghy
ourselves and had it delivered to the dock
where the boat was being commissioned. The equipment
you choose will also depend in part on what type of cruising you plan to do and where you plan to do it.
I still don't regret not having a washing
machine, although I have heard that laundromats are fewer and farther between in the Caribbean
than in our usual Bahamas/East Coast cruising grounds. We also think we should have gotten Manta's gennaker
package, but once we get to the Caribbean
next year, the winds will be higher than what we would use a spinnaker
for. Upgrading the chart plotter even more than we did would also be a good idea if you will be going offshore
All in all, we are very happy with our choices. Let me know if you need more specific info.