Generally as you have noticed getting these items from the builder
can cost far more than doing the work yourself. The problem is that when the boat is built you have to have something there.
Just as an example... If I were going to buy a new boat I would want 3 speed primary winches installed. At a cost of about $5,000 (guessing at prices), the reason I haven't installed them on our current
boat it that I already have $3,500 in winches as a sunk cost and no good way to offset that.
So what's the answer.... Well for me I would buy a boat with no winches at all and install my own at commissioning. This is true for a lot of installed systems, but it also means I would assume a six month fit out process for me to buy a new boat, and I can do most of the work myself.
That being said there are some things I would have the yard do, even if they cost more.
-Generator. It's a big dollar item, their markup tends to minimal on them, and. I want the factory warranty on it, not a warranty from a local yard. But note that these days the large builders pre-run the wires and hoses for a generator
even if the boat isn't specced for it. So later instal is a real option.
- AC - again most boats come with all the hookups installed no matter what. But I would have the builder
install the units as well.
and the complete electronics
package - it would depend on price
, but certainly have them run conduit and chase lines for the wire.
-electric winches - as mentioned I would go three speed, and I would never accept the marginal sized winches they try to sell as standard. I would likely install my own.
- bow thruster - spend a year without it, unless the boats over 65' they really aren't necessary
-electrical toilet - love them if I really wanted one I would have them do it. I hate plumbing
-water maker - have the manufacturer install the wiring
and hoses at least
-extra batteries - at a minimum they need to install boxes and wires for them. Retrofitting a larger bank can be incredibly difficult
-water tank - really all tankage must be installed before the interior
goes in. This should be a manufacturers job
The other thing I would point out is that I would at least enquirer what the manufacturer would charge to install the gear
I wanted and compare that to what I figure it would cost me to do. Then if I think their number is too high make a counter offer.