Again my vote is based on a visit to Düsseldorf Boat Show (Bavaria). What I particularly didn't like was to see a brand new boat on a exhibition with bad fitting floorboards that were also squeeking when walked over.
The whole atmosphere in the boat smells 'cheapish'. Then again, value for money is not too bad.
Fair point, but to me it tells soemting about the commitment from the builder to build a boat. To my opinion the difference in boats is quite often in the details. Details take time when building. And time is money. No wonder Swedish boats are so dammed expensive...
Like with cars, really bad boats are not build anymore, just good, better and best.
Really don't see how an effective poll can be held on this one. I have looked at other boats and sailed some of them, but the only boat of which I have any true knowledge comcerning build quality is my own. All that I could express are my impressions and, or, prejudices.
this is silly. "quality" is far too wide and fuzzy a subject. Eg many might say that boats with visble screwheads in interior fitout are lower quality, but since the result is that you can take apart the non-structural bits of a jeeannea/bav etc in 30 mins to replace a water tank - why is that "low quality"?
The old adage 'you get what you pay for' applies. Although I don't (yet) own a boat, I have sailed plenty, cheap and expensive, and would happily consider a BenJenBav. There's no escaping the keen pricing.
At last years SBS, whilst enjoying a particularly good daydream I mused on what £200k would buy me. Answer:
Brand new Bavaria 49 equipped with every conceivable extra for world-girdling
around half an unequipped Rustler 42.............
Don't all chime in with "yeah buts" regarding the suitability of the former for world girdling. It was my day dream and I enjoyed it.