Originally Posted by MYTraveler
Has Nord. raised prices precipitously? When I went shopping, they were in line with others, maybe even a little cheaper given the engine/transmission savings.
Without going into detail Nordhavn always has been and continues to be a little higher then KK and Selene. Today the gap has closed somewhat thus making all three builders prices a little more then we want to spend at this time. Another change is that Selen and KK do not include the cost of shipping their boats to the US west coast while Nordhavn does burry the cost in the base price of the boat.
It is really getting to the point that you will need to spend $1M on any of the builders new boats (assuming 43' and above) to get a complete boat. When you add in depreciation (none of these builders hold their value like use to) you can take a big hit financially building new. Unfortunately we enjoy the process of planning and building new boats in addition to the reliability versus a 5-10 year old boat so we are caught in tuff situation.
So at this point we decided to put the longer range trips on hold until I retire, look out for a 1-2 year old N boat (not many to be found) while also exploring building new with another building (slow going semi-displacement hull). Our only real need for the full displacement hull today is the active fin stabilization. Cruising at 7 knots with any hull (not stabilized can be interesting in a beam sea).
I'm not a fan of Gyro stabilizers (having to run the generator all the time plus the high initial cost) which is about the real option on a smaller semi-displacement boat (40') so its a difficult decision what to do next.
Will keep you posted.