Posted by: nebeginner on Oct-02-12 7:45 AM (EST)
.... He simply got emotional, and jumped to conclusions. Defensive. No problem.
I know nothing about boat building etc, but I do know that increasing government regulations and requirements on glass and plastics manufacturing, combined with labor costs, have driven many US builders off shore. I would think, but don't know, that much the same has happened in England and other places.
A simple google search reveals all you need to know at a glance on those same issues in Thailand.
I do however have some knowledge of business, and can say with some confidence that no manufacturer decides shift their manufacturing off shore lightly. And the key decision is profitability. That gain has to be significant enough to off-set many factors.
I have worked for a few of the world's largest manufacturers for over 25 years, and been involved in these very kinds of decisions. If it were a wash, manufacturing would have stayed where it was in all cases. The profit gain in all cases was significant.
"But I certainly don't know for sure, and perhaps unlike nebeginner, I'll 100% freely admit that I'm just speculatin'."
My original post was brief and could be read as nothing but speculation as well.
But I'll admit it is getting a bit annoying when someone continues to bash excellent boats based on their POV that Cobra makes superior boats, and anyone that suggests they are merely on par with other manufactures get the response like I received.