Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:33 PM
I hear ya. Go over to the Malibu forums and listen to the guys on their third $1200 screens on 2013 boats. The screen on the MBs are a third party that supplies the same screen to multiple brands without any changes except firmware/software. Again more volume so there is a better chance of parts being available. If the screen fails the systems still work fine. If theirs fail the boat goes into limp mode.
The engine computers are the same for multiple brands as well. I’m mainly talking about the proprietary dashes. Since the boat companies are not required to support them for 10 years do you think they will volunteer to? Even if they do, over half of the boats sold these days are on 15-20 year notes. I know not everybody keeps a boat that long, but seriously how do you buy a $150k boat that will not be supported the life of your loan?
I work in the medical field and a $4 million machine will be sold to us with an end of life of 8 years. It will last past that but there will be no new parts available. Needless to say we don’t finance them for 20 years. At least they are brutally honest up front.
I’m not knocking you for wanting the cool tech toys on a boat at all. I’m just pointing out that they are building in obsolescence right along with the touchscreens. You can buy a 10 year old Mercedes for less than a 10 year old Accord primarily because the repair costs and lack of parts makes the Mercedes much more expensive to own. I think the same will happen to boats. Purely my opinion, so take that at face value.
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