The concept of a "base price" was probably intended to be a way of clarification. Instead, as it has been interpreted in so many different ways, it now means different things to different people. Therefore, it really means nothing to most.

Here is where Selene Annapolis settles on it:

Most dealers try to quote the price of the boat, arrived in the US, and commissioned in a quality yard. And so do we.

This includes cleaning the boat upon arrival after a month aboard a cargo ship, detailed checklist inspection of every specification ordered, testing of every system ordered, sea trial with the owner aboard, and the completion of the paperwork to close the transaction.

The base price does not include freight and duty. These are so variable depending on seasonality, world economic conditions, port of entry, and the owners’ final price that it would be unfair and force a much higher price to include these, yet protect ourselves from risk of cost fluctuations beyond our control. As a rule of thumb these costs run around 8%-9% of the base price.

It does not include any options provided by the factory, the dealer, or the commissioning yard. And this is where it really gets to be a conundrum.

"Oh, you mean air conditioning is extra?" Yes it is, because if we included it as part of the base, and no one else does because they sell boats in cold climates, then we are bypassed before even having a conversation.

"Oh, you mean bow and/or stern thrusters are extra?" Sure. Lots of owners have years of experience in twin engine vessels, select twin configurations, and are competent and comfortable handling their yacht with the engines alone.

So it goes down the list. The real issue is, that by including a lot of options that even most owners wind up selecting, a first comparison (and you DO compare, don't you?) puts anyone who does not stick to the accepted "base price" concept at a disadvantage - even a rule-out - before even starting some dialog.

In your planning, you will find our base prices fair and competitive. But realistically, be prepared to add 10-15% to incorporate all those things you particularly want. Stabilizers? Biminis? Davits? Electronics? It should be your design. Yours will be different from all others, and that is the goal, isn't it?

You can build your own selene to get a fuller understanding of the budget that would begin to apply to the Selene you are thinking of, and get right past that "base price" conundrum.