NorthWest Trawlers is asking for suggestions that will make the IG 34 cost less and make it a better cruising yacht.* islandgypsyusa : Island Gypsy Trawlers
Although I love my Gourmet cruiser 32, I did not buy it new as I thought the "Landed in the US" price was too high. I waited and finally came accross a 2005 that I negotiated a fair price on. A new 34, however, with a Cummins electronic engine, is a better boat!
Some items that I question are:
1) Can the cost of shipping (freight) the boats from China be reduced?
2) Is the manufacture's profit margin too high? Ditto the dealer?
3) At trawler speeds, 7-12 knots, will the market pay $10,000/ft. for a new boat of this** size?
4) Smaller engines? (For an 8 knot cruise?)
I hate to suggest lower quality as high quality was the reason I bought my boat in the first place!
What do the rest of you Halvo drivers think?