... Taking any personal or political prejudices out of it, a boat made in a country with lower labor costs and less regulation should cost less than one made in place were either or both will add cost.
So for me, if I like the design and build of the boat, and how it handles, and it is made in China or Thailand, I would expect to pay less than the same quality of build but made in the UK or China. If it is of a cheaper build, it should cost even less.
Then it becomes about trade offs: savings vs. other factors.
Personally, I would never buy a Chinese or Thailand made boat if I could by a US, Canadian, or UK boat in the same price and quality range. If there is a fair price savings (the manufacturer is not gouging), I'd buy the Chinese boat if I liked it.
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