Its always supply and demand. They charge whatever they can get if market is good, and as much as they need to stay in business if the market is bad.
Its quite a lot of money
for an entry level boat!!
But in comparison to older figures this doesn't look excessive. If I compare their entry level cats now and a decade ago:
Back in 2006 our FP Mahe was 215k Euro ex tax, including commissioning and all options (back then the options list was very short). That was not list price but the real world price our PO paid.
Now 2018 a Lucia with similar equipment
is 300k Euro ex tax list price, a bit less after rebates I guess.
Thats roughly +50% in 12 years, thats roughly an increase of 2.5% per year.
Basically inflation rate plus some change.
And now look at the changes in design. The 36ft Mahe is a toy compared to the 38ft Lucia. The hulls are slim, the freeboard is lower, its not as wide. Honestly the Lucia (just like the newer Lagoons) looks just a bit overweight.
The price per cubic meter of habitable space is certainly less than 12 years ago. Not sure about sailing qualities though.
Some forum member
on another thread said it quite well:
Until a few years back the design process was outside to inside: First draw a boat
and then fit accomodation into this boat
These days its inside to outside. They draw an accomodation plan that the marketing
folks can sell, and then draw a hull
around to make the accomodation float.
And then there is the options list. Obviously some customers desperatly need underwater lights, in mast
lights, courtesy lights, the airconditioning, genset, heater
floor, bose sound system, multiple TVs, washing
machine, microwave, electric
winches, plus a ton of other gimmicks...
All that squeezed into a 38ft cat, adding maybe 200k Euros and 1.5 tons that will kill any performance potential left in the design.
I will stick to the older designs, even though I hate the round salon
designs of the 90s.
Last boat that I really liked was the Lipari