I really dont think there is any mystery here.
If you look at new prices in Australia
the equivalent new production boats supplied in Australia are more expensive than the new Seawinds. However, many, probably the majority of the production boats are bought in Europe
and sailed over and then on sold by owners. Allowing for the fact that no freight and extra brokerage on cost has been paid they will let their second hand boats go for less.
As well I have met 4 seawind owners in the last month and they are passionate to the point of religious in regard to their boats, so they are reluctant to let them go at less than what they regard as a fair price.
In regard to Seawinds overseas the reverse is true. i.e. the cost of a new Seawind is more than the cost of equivalent production boats. This would be expected when the cost of transport and taxes
and so forth have to be added, as well as the volume manufacturing considerations of the respective production facilities between the various brands.
Therefore, I do not think it is any surprise that there is a difference in price although I do not believe it is as large as some think because I do not believe they are comparing like for like.
The fact of the matter is that Richard Ward has captured something in his designs that impress a lot of people. In my humble opinion these are beautiful boats to look at, and sail well and their owners rave about them, and in general look after them impeccably. This cannot be denied. Whether this is a good and solid basis to buy this particular boat is another matter, and one of individual needs. Fortunately we are all different as it would be a boring world if that were not the case.
All of the nonsense about Vietnamese manufacture and bankruptcy is both irrelevant and non constructive imo.