[QUOTE=Clipper4730;2078654]Ok I'll bite, here is a production craft that is mass produced, affordable and incredibly safe and successful, a craft that operates in a very harsh climates all over the world. The Boeing 737. It is built to certain price
point, it is mass produced, and I'm pretty sure the parts
are sourced from the lowest bidder, I know I have been flying them for the last 15yrs. When you go to the airport
do you ask for a true blue skies airplane not some mass produced piece of junk. I'm not sure why some folks on here seem to think a "production vessel" is somehow inferior to a whatever you call a true blue water
cruiser. When you build a few thousand boats you learn a few things about what works and what doesn't. There will always be compromises and at the end of the day it is all about RRM. Risk Resource Management. If the big manufactures truly built shoddy unsafe boats no one would by them because they would be sinking all over the world instead of sailing all over the world. One other thing about Beneteaus in particular. I read this a few years ago while researching our potential purchase
options. More Bennies have competed in more offshore
races than any other manufacturer period. And did quite well I might add. Am I biased, sure I own one but it has been a great boat
so far and would not hesitate to sail across the ocean tomorrow. Btw we looked very closely at the 473 as well as the 46 and ultimately went with the 50 owners version and couldn't be happier. I do agree that the 473's do seem a bit overpriced.[/QUOT
Nothing wrong with the 473, nice looking boat
above and below and I think more than anything this is why it was a success.
Trying to tie in aircraft manufacturing with production boat building is way off the mark, not even close as there is no comparison. Quite frankly not even the best boat builder
could be compared to Boeing much less a builder
of entry level boats.