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Old 10-02-2020, 07:08 PM
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Default Boat build delay... Normal? Advice?

I put down a deposit on a new boat to be built about 6 weeks ago and was told it would be ready in October. Heard nothing until this week when I called for an update and am now being told January.

Is this normal? First new boat purchase for me. What are my options other than just wait and hope the salesman gives me a better heads up in the future?
Old 10-02-2020, 07:24 PM
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I don’t know if it’s normal, but in 2020, production delays for everything seem normal.

Could be a COVID quarantine at the manufacturer or ANY of the parts suppliers.

Could be a parts shortage.

What’s the builder? Small shop or larger production? You could also see if anyone has “one on the lot” you could take delivery of.

I have a boat on order supposedly due in a few weeks but I haven’t gotten any updates

One possible plus for you, Yamaha outboard? Maybe there will be an extended warranty promo by January.
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I always get LDs put into contract terms for both delivery and punch list items. Tough sell but it guarantees they make delivery under normal circumstances. COVID makes for Force Majeur and I would never trigger LDs over a few months but at least you have the vehicle to use as the hammer if needed.
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never bought a production boat that was not in a dealer inventory so never has a problem.
I had custom built boat delays 4 months because they were special windows and no choice but wait because it was what I wanted.

Will dealer work with you on a different boat if you don't want to wait?
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Originally Posted by cronced View Post
I put down a deposit on a new boat to be built about 6 weeks ago and was told it would be ready in October. Heard nothing until this week when I called for an update and am now being told January.

Is this normal? First new boat purchase for me. What are my options other than just wait and hope the salesman gives me a better heads up in the future?
what does your contract say?
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what does your contract say?
Why so he can sue?

What do you think the contract will say? Something like “anticipated build/delivery date?”

It’s not going to say “guaranteed delivery in 30 minutes or your pizza is free.”

Not like they could deliver a boat that isn’t built anyways.
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No, a delay of that length is not normal in normal times. But these times are not normal. Production is slowed by the Wuhan flu, people are being rotated in and out of work areas to provide social distancing, suppliers of materials may have had furlough and similar production delays and to top it all, boat sales have been high through the summer pulling inventories down, another unexpected result of the pan-DEM-ik. Seems we have a new normal every few months. Cancel your order or if you like the boat and the price is good and you like the dealer, wait. That is all you can do because the sales person cannot snap his/her fingers and have the boat appear. It is frustrating.

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Abnormal times we are living in. 2-3 employees testing positive and having to stay home 10-14 days can have big impacts on boat builders.
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Originally Posted by cronced View Post
I called for an update and am now being told January.

Did you ask them "why the delay"?
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I pretty much believe none will ever show up on time. However right now if its late, its hard to blame the builder. But upfront communication is lacking across the board on most builders
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My example

Boston Whaler
6 weeks normal build time
Took twice as long
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It's a Robalo Cayman 206. It's a really nice boat for my price range and it is head and shoulders above everything else I am interested in so I will wait patiently. Little to no inventory at any dealers around me. The salesman said the delay is, to nobody's surprise, due to low inventory and factory delays due to the 'rona.

The lack of communication is what bothers me. I'm guessing the factory knew before now that it wouldn't be done in October and the salesman hasn't followed up at all to even give me an update. But, the salesman is not the boat and I am not buying him. A few months won't be the end of the world.

I did mention that I would take a loaner until mine is ready. Sarcasm doesn't translate well through email, though. Not expecting any response to that.

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At least the delay is through the fall/winter. You may miss out on some fall fishing but you should have it for the spring.
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Like many, the Robalo factory was shut down for part of March, all of April, and part of May. Like many, the supply chains are a mess. They are.....behind. My boat too was delayed by a couple of months....but i was kept up to date.

Unless you have a "must deliver by" date in your contract, you are somewhat stuck. Even if you do, your only real recourse would be to void the contract, get your deposit back, and start over.

The dealer might be willing to do that anyway, but might not.
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I heard an interview with the CEO of Brunswick (whaler, SeaRay, and more) and he said they are so busy they've had to hire hundreds of new employees.
I thought, great, all these newbies building boats........
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Originally Posted by cronced View Post
It's a Robalo Cayman 206. It's a really nice boat for my price range and it is head and shoulders above everything else I am interested in so I will wait patiently. Little to no inventory at any dealers around me. The salesman said the delay is, to nobody's surprise, due to low inventory and factory delays due to the 'rona.

The lack of communication is what bothers me. I'm guessing the factory knew before now that it wouldn't be done in October and the salesman hasn't followed up at all to even give me an update. But, the salesman is not the boat and I am not buying him. A few months won't be the end of the world.

I did mention that I would take a loaner until mine is ready. Sarcasm doesn't translate well through email, though. Not expecting any response to that.
Call Erickson Marine in Sarasota, I bet he has it in stock
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Originally Posted by BoatHaus View Post
Call Erickson Marine in Sarasota, I bet he has it in stock
This one is in stock there:

https://www.ericksonmarinecorp.com/b...orida-7007259/
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Delays are the new normal during this covid nightmare. We are a parts supplier for new boat builders and can tell you first hand that all the supply chains and the labor chains are disrupted to some extent. The boat parts market is wild right now. It will get caught up eventually. I guess when times get really tough,people remember how nice boats can be.
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Originally Posted by 69Mach390 View Post
Oh man... thanks for finding that for me. And that is a sweet boat. But I did already order the boat and it does make sense there are delays. And I guess if I am spending what in spending on a boat I want it to be exactly what I want.

Being temporarily boatless hasn't stopped me from fishing either. I took my standup paddleboard out this morning and clobbered the snook, jacks and tarpon. It ain't all bad.

Thanks everybody for the sound advice and perspective.
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Tarpon on a paddleboard? I bet that was fun!

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