Jan 20, 2006, 6:57 AM
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Re: [JP] Boat Building, Why not Mexico?
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Fair assessment however, every Mexican I have worked with and met also desires to get ahead and they are, very hard workers. The point I'm trying to make is... build a boat in Mexico, reasonable labor cost, probably no duty, design not limited by container dimensions and project management might (might) be easier considering location.
Concerning the A 30, I admire the boat and the direction the class is taking. Had I seen the A30 presentation 3 months earlier, I'd be riding the builder like a rented mule for a copy.
Beyond that, deliver any good boat at a fair price, a class association with integrity, and the boat will sell. Make it a price point and that is what you have, a boat and a class based on price. It sounds rather disposable.
We actually briefly looked at Mexico and very seriously looked at China for the A30. We ended up having issues with both countries.....There were "administration fees" and other issues. Bulgaria is an amazing place with a government that really encourages business and an extremely well educated and motivated workforce. The tax situation is spectacular in Bulgaria and they are very stable looking to become a full member of the EU. One of the big pluses is the fact some of the world's leading composite companies are very close. That is a great bonus as your materials supply chain is a truck ride away instead of shipping halfway around the world on container ships.
JP....we would welcome any questions or comments on the boat anyone has. Also stay tuned guys there are some huge upgrades being announced shortly....They will be a home run! And yes NO increase in price. The buzz is incredibly powerfull in the industry and we thank everyone for there great response to the boat!