Been astonished at the cost of new boats. Is current pricing simply the rate of inflation? I went back and pulled up my invoice for my 2004 196 limited...$34,000. That same $34,000 (from 2004) is equal to $45,374 in 2019 dollars yet a new Nautique is over $100K?? Yep, the boat is bigger, has additional "features" (the benefits of which are in the eyes of the buyer), but do not think it skis $55K better. Even Porsches are less expensive in dollar terms than they were in 1992!
I paid $25K for a Signature Edition Nautique in 1995. Then 9 years later, a 2004 limited for essentially $10K more. Using that as a reference, a 2014 should have been around $45K maybe $48 (still ahead of the inflation rate) and now a 2019 is $110K+??
My boat is getting pretty old, but with 325 hours on a new engine/transmission and Rev S, having a hard time justifying an upgrade!! Am I missing something?